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Parent and Family Orientation

Parent and Family Orientation events will be offered in person on Saturday, August 24 – Monday, August 26. 

Below, you’ll find a tentative itinerary for Parent and Family Orientation events, details about ticketed activities, and information on our room block at the Hyatt Regency Boston/Cambridge.

Registration for Parent and Family Orientation is now open and can be completed via this link. For any questions, feel free to email us at

Please note: a detailed schedule will be posted on August 9, 2024.

Hyatt Regency Boston/Cambridge Hotel Room Block

In order to make finding accommodations easier for you, we have worked with the Hyatt Regency Boston/Cambridge located at 575 Memorial Drive, Cambridge MA 02139. The Hyatt has discounted room rates available from August 16 – September 2 for those who want to spend more time in Cambridge; however, Parent and Family Orientation Events will be from August 24 – August 26.

If you are interested in the block booking, please book via this website. Please note: there are a limited number of rooms available each night.

Saturday, August 24

Welcome to the first day of Parent and Family Orientation! Today, parents and family members have the opportunity to check in and meet with our friendly Orientation Leaders and Office of the First Year staff. They are here to answer any initial questions you may have. This day is intentionally light on programming to accommodate the busy schedule of First Year Student Move-In Day.

Tentative Schedule:

Check In for Parents and Families

Campus Tours

View Boston (Ticketed Event. Learn more here)

Please note: members of the Class of 2028 will be participating in other programming Saturday Evening.

Sunday, August 25

Major Parent and Family Orientation events will begin this day. Check in will be open all day to assist with questions, wayfinding, and you will be able to speak with Orientation Leaders and Office of the First Year staff.

Tentative Schedule:

Parent and Family Breakfast at the Hyatt Regency (Ticketed Event. Learn more here)

Check in for Parents and Families

Academic Panel

Campus Tours

Fraternity, Sorority and Independent Living Group Panels

MIT Dining Panel

Housing and Residential Services Info Fair

Jazz Night (Ticketed Event. Learn more here)

Monday, August 26

Monday is the last day of Parent and Family Orientation with some more large scale events and sessions. The program will conclude by 4pm.

Tentative Schedule:

Residence Hall Open Houses

President Kornbluth’s Convocation

Dean for Student Life Info Fair and Family Lunch

UROP Panel

Ticketed Events During Parent and Family Orientation

There are three separate ticketed events that will occur during Parent and Family Orientation. You can purchase tickets here. Should you have any questions, please email us at

On Saturday, August 24, we have partnered with View Boston in the Prudential Center for a fun evening with fellow parent and family members, staff from MIT, and some current upper-level students. Enjoy all the sights the City of Boston has to offer! Ticket prices are $30 per person.

On Sunday, August 25, join us for our annual Parent and Family Orientation Breakfast at the Hyatt Regency Boston/Cambridge, conveniently located next to campus at 575 Memorial Drive. This event offers a wonderful opportunity to mingle with MIT staff, current upper-level students, and fellow parents and family members, while also hearing from distinguished MIT faculty and staff. Please note that this event is intended for parents and family members, not students. Breakfast tickets are priced at $64 for adults and $32 for children under 10.

On Sunday August 25, we will be hosting our biggest event of Parent and Family Orientation: Jazz Night! Enjoy the company of MIT Staff, fellow parent and family members, light fare, a cash bar, and an evening of excellent Jazz Music! We look forward to celebrating your students’ accomplishments with you all here. Tickets cost $10 per person.

Class of 2028 Class Photo Purchase

Each year, the First Year students take their class photo on the last day of Orientation. This is a great photo to hold on to for years to come. If interested in purchasing this commemorative photo, please follow this link.

Please note: Photos will be delivered to our office for your student to pick up in the late fall.