FAQs

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  • Student FAQs

    Q: What if I need help/get lost? 

    A: Call the CPW help desk line, 617-258-6085

    Q: Where will I be housed on campus?

    A: Everyone will be housed with a current MIT student, in one of our 11 Residence Halls or in our Fraternities, Sororities, and Independent Living Groups (FSILG), which are located both on the Cambridge campus and in the surrounding areas. You might not have a bed, but blanket forts are fun!

    Q: What if I don't get along well with my host?

    A: We will reassign students to back up hosts on a case-by-case basis.

    Q: What if my host is a yeti?

    A: Our records indicate that we do not have any yetis enrolled at MIT, so please alert us immediately if you are assigned to one, we would like the reward money.

    Q: What if I cannot stay for the entirety of CPW? Can I come for one night? One day? 97 minutes?

    A: Of course, we just ask that you still register on your MyMIT account, we'll match you with a host, even if you can only hang out with them for 10 of those 97 minutes.

    Q: Will I have to pay for food?

    A: We’ll give you a card with $20.21 you can use at any of our five dining halls on campus as well as retail dining locations. Over 50% of events have food at them.

    Q: What about mom and/or dad?

    A: Parents are allowed at nearly all events, but you may want to consider setting some boundaries if this will bother you. Parent electric fences cannot be installed on campus, but we do have an agenda of Parent Only events and Student Only events.

    Q: What if there's an emergency on campus?

    A: Although we don't anticipate any emergencies occurring during CPW, we're prepared for every scenario! Each student will automatically be enrolled in our “MIT Alert” program to receive emergency notifications during CPW. Parents who are also interested in receiving these alerts via text message, email, or phone call may register here. We also encourage you to follow @MITPrepared on Twitter and Facebook for additional updates.

  • Parent FAQs

    Q: How many parents attend CPW?

    A: Approximately 1,000 parents attend CPW each year.

    Q: Can families use the shuttle service?

    A: Yes, all shuttle services are open to family, including our Airport Shuttles (8am-9pm Thursday, April 6, and 6am-12pm Sunday, April 9).

    Q: Can my son or daughter arrive early?

    A: We provide housing Thursday through Sunday. Students arriving early must make their own arrangements.

    Q: Can my daughter or son stay with us in a hotel?

    A: We recommend prefrosh stay with a host to experience everything CPW has to offer, but they may stay with family if they prefer. Please just let us know.

    Q: Can parents attend the closing show, sit in on a class, and use athletic facilities?

    A: Families are welcome to attend the closing show, but due to capacity, classes and the athletic facilities are reserved for students.

    Q: How far is it to Boston? And how do I get there?

    A:  Boston is a beautiful 15-minute walk across the Harvard Bridge. There are also frequent buses (#1 and #CT1), shuttles, and taxis available.

    Q: What if my daughter or son can’t attend CPW?

    A: Although the unique CPW experience cannot be recreated, we can host your student for an overnight visit or they may spend a day shadowing a student (they can register through their MyMIT Account).

    Q: What happens in the event of a medical emergency?

    A: MIT is serviced by its own MIT Police department and MIT EMS ambulance service, each of which can quickly respond to any emergency on campus. Thankfully, MIT is also surrounded by some of the world’s best hospitals. If your student experiences a medical emergency, arrangements will be made to contact you ASAP and provide you with the appropriate instructions and resources.

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