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For Parents & Families

Parent Orientation events will be offered in person on Sunday, August 29 and Monday, August 30. 

On Sunday, August 29, we will host a breakfast, campus tours, and panel-style events (academic, student support, housing/residence life). On Monday, August 30, the President’s Convocation will be at 11am, followed by additional parent programs. The program will conclude by 4pm on Monday, August 30.

The Parent Orientation schedule is available below. Please note: the Parent Orientation schedule is subject to change. Events may be added or modified leading up to August 28. Locations for events will be included on the schedule you pick up at check in on August 28 or 29. Check-in will be at Kresge Auditorium, please see additional details below.

Pre-Parent Orientation Zoom Events – August 9 – 26

Monday, August 9, 7:00-8:00pm on Zoom: If you missed this event – you can view the closed captioned recording.
Varsity Student-Athlete Parents Orientation Session

Join the Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation (DAPER) as we discuss the MIT intercollegiate athletics program and the Institute’s 33 varsity teams. We welcome all parents of varsity student-athletes to hear from Dr. G. Anthony Grant, MIT director of athletics/DAPER department head, along with a number of varsity student-athlete leaders who will talk about their experience. Parents will be able to ask questions of the panelists and learn more about the student-athlete experience.


Wednesday, August 11, 2pm-3pm on Zoom: https://mit.zoom.us/j/97514819338
Introducing MIT Medical

MIT Medical serves the healthcare needs of the entire MIT community. Join us to learn more about our services and resources available for students. There will be time for audience questions as well. Staff from Primary Care, Student Mental Health & Counseling, Health Plans, and Community Wellness will be in attendance. To request accessibility accommodations, please contact Greg Baker (baker@med.mit.edu)


Tuesday, August 17, 2pm-3pm on Zoom: https://mit.zoom.us/j/96347145268
Introducing MIT Medical

MIT Medical serves the healthcare needs of the entire MIT community. Join us to learn more about our services and resources available for students. There will be time for audience questions as well. Staff from Primary Care, Student Mental Health & Counseling, Health Plans, and Community Wellness will be in attendance.


Thursday, August 26, 3:00pm – 4:00pm on Zoom: https://mit.zoom.us/j/97497828776
All About UROP (For Families)

Approximately 93% of MIT undergraduates will participate in the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) during their time at MIT. Join us – UROP staff and students – to learn all about the program, how students can get involved, and hear directly from current UROP students about their experiences!

Parent Orientation Events – Saturday, August 28

10:00am – 6:00pm

  • Check in for Parent Orientation at Kresge Auditorium
  • Grab your name badge (required for all events), chat with MIT staff, & learn more about the Tide
  • Laundry service available to your student.

1:30pm: Campus Tour

  • Get to know the MIT campus and interesting facts about the Institute. Tours will be given by Orientation Leaders. Tours are led by Orientation Leaders and on a first-come, first-serve basis as capacity is limited.

3:00pm: Campus Tour

  • Get to know the MIT campus and interesting facts about the Institute. Tours will be given by Orientation Leaders. Tours are led by Orientation Leaders and on a first-come, first-serve basis as capacity is limited.

4:30pm: Campus Tour

  • Get to know the MIT campus and interesting facts about the Institute. Tours will be given by Orientation Leaders. Tours are led by Orientation Leaders and on a first-come, first-serve basis as capacity is limited.
Parent Orientation Events – Sunday, August 29

7:30-9:30am: Brunch at the Boston Marriott Cambridge

MIT – PARENT ORIENTATION BREAKFAST FOR THE CLASS OF 2025
This is a ticketed event, purchase your ticket by Monday, August 23 here. Join Orientation Leaders and staff from the Office of the First Year for breakfast. Bring your questions!” Note: this event is only for parents & family members of incoming students. Students in the Class of 2025 will not attend.


9:00am – 5:00pm: Check in for Parent Orientation at Kresge Auditorium

Grab your name badge (required for all events), chat with MIT staff, & learn more about the Tide Laundry service available to your student.


9:30-10:30am: Tech Catholic Community Welcome Mass


11:00am: Welcoming Worship with Protestant Community

Meet other Christians on campus at our new weekly Sunday worship, followed by time for food and fellowship!


11:00am: Campus Tour

Get to know the MIT campus and interesting facts about the Institute. Tours will be given by Orientation Leaders. Tours are led by Orientation Leaders and on a first-come, first-serve basis as capacity is limited.


1:00pm: Campus Tour

Get to know the MIT campus and interesting facts about the Institute. Tours will be given by Orientation Leaders. Tours are led by Orientation Leaders and on a first-come, first-serve basis as capacity is limited.


1:00pm – 2:00pm: Academics Panel

Learn about core first-year classes and unique learning opportunities. Professors, administrators, and current students will be on hand to answer questions relating to your student’s academic endeavors.


1:15 – 2:00pm: Fraternity, Sorority & Independent Living Group Life at MIT

Join the MIT Fraternity, Sorority & Independent Living Group (FSILG) Office team to learn more about all of the organizations that make up the FSILG Community, how our staff supports these groups and how your student can explore and potentially join these amazing organizations. This is a great introduction to our community!


2:00pm – 3:00pm: Interfraternity Council & Panhellenic Council Student Panels

The executive boards of MIT’s Interfraternity Council (IFC) and Panhellenic Council (Panhel) will be hosting separate student panel discussions about their specific communities, what role they play at the Institute, and what it means for your student to join.

Parents interested in hearing from the Interfraternity Council (IFC) about the men’s only fraternities, co-ed fraternities and sorority that fall under this council should go to W20-Lobdell Dining, Student Center 2nd floor, and those interested in hearing from Panhellenic Council Panhel) about the seven Panhellenic sororities at MIT should go to W20-407, Student Center 4th floor. Come with questions!


2:30pm – 3:30pm: Health, Safety, and Wellbeing Panel

Staff from MIT Medical, Student Support and Wellbeing, Residential Education, and the MIT Police will be available to answer questions about your student’s wellbeing and safety at MIT.


3:00pm – 4:00pm: MIT Dining & Dining Dollars/TechCASH

Join staff from the Division of Student Life to learn more about dining on campus and Dining Dollars/TechCASH. This presentation will cover everything from dining options and meal plans, to the most convenient way for students to purchase goods and services across campus using only their MIT ID, including laundry, books and food items. All sessions will cover the same topics, so please feel free to join us for any one of the scheduled presentations. *Drop-in event*


3:30pm – 4:30pm: Transition to Campus Living Panel

Residential life is a very important part of the undergraduate experience at MIT, and each living group is a community with its own unique identity. Join representatives from Housing & Residential Services and Residential Education to learn more about your student’s on-campus housing options. The panel will discuss various aspects of living on campus and the network of support available to your student. Time will be provided for live Q&A.


3:30pm – 5:30pm: Office of Minority Education (OME) Parent/Student Event – Introduction to the OME

Come meet the OME staff and your fellow first-year classmates. During this event, you will hear about our professional development, community-building, and academic excellence programs. You will also hear about ways to maximize your MIT experience by building ties with faculty and getting involved on campus. All parents and students are welcome.


4:00pm – 5:00pm: MIT Dining & Dining Dollars/TechCASH

Join staff from the Division of Student Life to learn more about dining on campus and Dining Dollars/TechCASH. This presentation will cover everything from dining options and meal plans, to the most convenient way for students to purchase goods and services across campus using only their MIT ID, including laundry, books and food items. All sessions will cover the same topics, so please feel free to join us for any one of the scheduled presentations. *Drop-in event*


5:00PM: Dinner on your own

Suggestions will be provided in the printed schedule that will be provided when you check in for Parent Orientation.


5:00pm-6:00pm: Tech Catholic Community Welcome Mass

Parent Orientation Events – Monday, August 30

9:00am – 10:30am: Chapel Open House

Visit the beautiful and historic MIT Chapel, take a moment to reflect on your hopes for the year, and meet chaplains from the Office of Religious, Spiritual, and Ethical Life (ORSEL). With over two dozen chaplains representing many of the world’s religious, spiritual and ethical traditions, and more than 25 different student communities, we are here for ALL students—religious, secular or anywhere in between. 


9:00am – 10:30am: Residence Hall Open House in the Residence Halls
Want to meet the people who will be helping your student navigate MIT? Get acquainted with your student’s House Team for an informal meet and greet located in the lobby of all residential facilities. This is an opportunity to ask about support within the houses and resources offered to students. *Drop-in event*


11am-12pm: PRESIDENT’S CONVOCATION WELCOMING THE CLASS OF 2025 (MASKS REQUIRED)

President L. Rafael Reif officially welcomes you and your family to the MIT community. Come celebrate the greatness that is MIT!  *MASKS REQUIRED*  Full program schedule follows below.

WELCOME:

  • L. Rafael Reif
    President

REMARKS

  • Shankar Raman ’86
    Section Head and Professor of Literature
  • Evelyn N. Wang ’00
    Gail E. Kendall Professor and Department Head, Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Steven D. Eppinger ’83 SM ’84 ScD ’88
    General Motors Leaders for Global Operations Professor of Management, MIT Sloan

CLOSING

  • L. Rafael Reif
    President

SCHOOL SONG

  • In Praise of MIT
    Performed by the Chorallaries of MIT 

View the video recording of Convocation online athttps://youtu.be/Wkuk5Y0Avug


12:00pm – 1:00pm: Vice President and Dean for Student Life Welcome for Parents & Families

Following Convocation, staff from the Division of Student Life (DSL) and other student-facing groups will be available to talk informally with parents on topics including housing, residential education, athletics, disability access, and medical services. As students move to join their residential communities, parents can learn more about student life opportunities and services and grab a snack before departing campus.


2:30pm – 3:30 pm: MIT Dining & Dining Dollars/TechCASH

Join staff from the Division of Student Life to learn more about dining on campus and Dining Dollars/TechCASH. This presentation will cover everything from dining options and meal plans, to the most convenient way for students to purchase goods and services across campus using only their MIT ID, including laundry, books and food items. All sessions will cover the same topics, so please feel free to join us for any one of the scheduled presentations. *Drop-in event*


Video FAQ from CAPD

Want to learn how Career Advising & Professional Development (CAPD) can help your student explore careers and prepare for internships, jobs, and graduate school? Visit https://capd.mit.edu/resources/get-know-capd/resources-and-advice-supporters to learn more about CAPD advising and career resources that will guide and support your student’s career development.

We have a hotel block for parents and family members at the Boston Marriott Cambridge. Guests may reserve their rooms by calling Marriott Central Reservations at 1-800-228-9290 and mention they are part of the MIT Orientation room block, or use the custom link below to book online. To receive the discounted rate, please book by August 3, 2021. Note: this block may fill up, and rooms may no longer be available at our discounted rate. 

Book your group rate for MIT Parent Orientation

Note: if the Boston Marriott Cambridge is booked, we suggest booking a room at Le Méridien Boston Cambridge.