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For Parents & Families

Parent and Family Orientation events will be offered in person on Saturday, August 27 – Monday, August 29. 

A tentative schedule for Parent and Family Orientation can be found below.

Information about parking on-campus during move-in can be found here.

Events may be added or modified leading up to August 27. If you have questions, please email us at firstyear@mit.edu.

Parent and Family Orientation Hotel Block

We have a hotel block from August 20th – September 4th for our parent and family members who are coming at the Hyatt. Please utilize this link. Any available rooms for the nights you select will be visible to you. There is a limited number of rooms available each night.

Please be aware that the Hotel Block is full on peak days.

Saturday, August 27

This is the first day of Parent Orientation. Parents will be able to check in and speak with Orientation Leaders and some of the Office of the First Year staff to answer initial questions. This day is not heavy with programming as it is a major First Year Student Move In Day.

Tentative Schedule:

9 AM – 5 PM: Check in For Parent Orientation (Coffee House, 3rd floor W20)

1:30 PM: Campus Tour (Leaving from the Admissions Building E38)

3:00 PM: Campus Tour (Leaving from the Admissions Building E38)

Please note campus tour registration can be found: here.

7 PM: Spirit of Boston Boat Cruise (separate, ticketed event can be purchased here.)

Our office will be hosting a boat cruise where you can meet other parents, have dinner and drinks, and enjoy a night of dancing in Boston Harbor. Transportation from MIT and to the ship will be provided at an additional cost.

Please note: members of the Class of 2026 will be participating in other programming on campus while this cruise occurs – this event is just for parents/family members!

Sunday, August 28

Major Parent Orientation events will being this day. We will run check in again for parents where they can speak with Orientation Leaders and some of the Office of the First Year staff.

Tentative Schedule:

8 AM: Parent and Family Breakfast at the Hyatt Regency, Cambridge (separate, ticketed event)

A Morning breakfast at the Hyatt Regency (open to all parent and family members) which will be a paid, ticketed event can be purchased here.

9 AM – 5 PM: Check in For Parent Orientation (Coffee House, 3rd floor, W20 Student Center, 84 Mass Ave.)

12:30 PM: Academic Panel (Kresge Auditorium)

1:00 PM: Campus Tour (Leaving from the Admissions Building E38)

1:00 PM: Fraternity, Sorority and Independent Living Group Panel (W20-400)

2:00 PM: Inter Fraternity Council Panel (Lobdell, W20) and Panhellenic Council Panels (W20-407)

2:30 PM: Health and Safety Panel (Kresge Auditorium)

3:00 PM: MIT Dining and Dining Dollars/Tech Cash (Little Theatre, Kresge)

3:30 PM: Housing and Residential Services + Undergraduate Residential Life Expo (Kresge Lobby)

4:00 PM: Campus Tour (Leaving from the Admissions Building E38)

4:00 PM: MIT Dining and Dining Dollars/Tech Cash (Little Theatre, Kresge)

7:30 PM: Jazz Night (Hyatt Regency, Cambridge)

Please note campus tour registration can be found: here.

A Jazz Night in the evening also at the Hyatt Regency (open to all parent and family members) which will be a free event for parents and families. Light refreshments will be provided and we will have a cash bar available.

Monday, August 29

Monday is the last day of Parent Orientation with some more large scale events and sessions. The program will conclude by 4pm on Monday, August 29

Tentative Schedule:

9:00 AM – 10:30AM: Residence Hall Open Houses (Respective Residence Halls)

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: President L. Rafael Reif’s Convocation (Kresge Oval)

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Dean for Student Life Info Fair and Family Lunch (Johnson Ice Rink)

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: All about UROP (Kresge)

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: MIT Dining and Dining Dollars/Tech Cash (Little Theatre, Kresge)

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM: MIT Student Health Plans (Twenty Chimneys)

3:15 PM – 4:00 PM: Parent Q&A: Career Advising & Professional Development (Little Theatre, Kresge)