2015 Activities

So many events. So little time.

With more than 50 events spanning 21 days, there are no shortage of events during MIT Orientation. Learn the basics at Grad School 101, 102 & 103 and get your groove on at the Boston Boat Cruise. Meet students from across the Institute at the inaugural ONE MIT Welcome Picnic and explore the countryside on our Apple Picking trip. For more information on the schedule of events, check out our schedule.


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Essential Information!

New for Orientation 2015

Looking for information on Orientation sponsors or our events and programs?

Check out the convenient resource, the Digital Fliers page.

Who is planning all this stuff, anyway?

Orientation is planned entirely by students like you! Be on the lookout for volunteers in red shirts during Orientation – these friendly individuals are current students that are helping welcome you to the MIT community. If you’d like to learn about ways to become more involved, we encourage you to meet us and other members of the Graduate Student Council at the GSC Open House on September 9. There will be good company and free food and drink!

Welcome to MIT!

You’re going to have an amazing time here, and everyone here in the Graduate Student Council (GSC) is excited to meet you. At MIT, you will not only develop your technical skills in your field of study, but you will further develop as a person. The GSC helps with this development by orienting you, then providing avenues for social and intellectual growth through our various committees. MIT is a place of opportunities, awaiting to be discovered, and the possibilities are endless. One of the best pieces of advice for starting out in graduate school is to get involved and interconnected into the “ONE MIT” community. The GSC fosters collaboration within the graduate population, and serves as the liaison between graduate students and the administration, faculty, staff, undergraduates, and alumni. Enhancing graduate life since 1953, the GSC has been influential in making long term positive changes at MIT. We have advocated for increases in graduate housing, transportation options around campus, health insurance coverage, dental options, and graduate stipends (to name a few). These successes were made possible by passionate students such as yourself becoming engaged with the GSC and the MIT community. I look forward to working with you as you get involved in the ONE MIT community.

Michael McClellan
GSC President, PhD Candidate in Atmospheric Science

MIT Federal Credit Union (mitfcu.org) celebrated its 75th year of serving the MIT community this year. Founded as a non-profit financial institution in 1940 to provide basic financial services to employees at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Credit Union offers traditional savings and checking accounts as well as lending programs for mortgages, autos, personal and student loans. With locations and ATMs in Cambridge and Lexington, along with mobile and online banking services, MIT Federal Credit Union serves MIT students (graduate and undergraduate) and alumni in addition to employees of Novartis (Cambridge), Lincoln Laboratory, Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Whitehead Institute and The Broad Institute. The MIT Federal Credit Union is a member-owned, cooperative financial institution whose primary mission is to provide quality financial services that meet the needs of its members while ensuring the financial well-being of the organization.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Brass Rat tradition was born in the spring of 1929. The President of the Class of 1929, C. Brigham Allen, formed a committee to design a band to be used as the first Standard Technology ring. After the recommendation of the committee, the Class of 1930 was the first to proudly wear a Brass Rat. So started the Institute tradition of the Brass Rat, the affectionate nickname for the ring that has become a recognizable symbol of MIT worldwide. As the graduate population at MIT grew, the Brass Rat tradition was adopted by the graduate body. The MIT graduate population has become the majority among both current students and alumni. Now is your chance to take part in the long and unbroken tradition that embodies our collective, life-changing experiences at MIT.

The Coop offers two convenient campus locations; new and used books of every course; and 15% off MIT logo merchandise with a student ID. Coop members receive an instant 10% discount on all purchases in addition to any prevailing sale or promotional offers. Coop membership really makes sense. It’s only $1.00 per year and you can join online at www.thecoop.com. Join now and save time when you come to campus and begin shopping.

Essential Information on programs, resources and sponsors digital fliers are located on the Orientation Information page .