Experience

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to plan ahead


  • What you need to know about booking your travel

    When to arrive: CPW check-in (W20: Student Center) opens at 9 AM on Thursday, April 7. Students arrive on Thursday and leave on Sunday. There will be a shuttle bus from Logan Airport running from 8 AM–9 PM on Thursday to bring you to campus. The shuttle bus will be leaving from Logan Terminal C lower level—just look for the people wearing CPW t-shirts!

    When to depart: CPW programming officially ends at noon on Sunday. We will have shuttle buses to take you back to Logan airport on Sunday, April 10 from 7 AM–12 PM.


    What to pack

    One carry-on bag. Travel light. A carry-on suitcase with a backpack is the max reasonable load, especially if you don’t need to bring a sleeping bag.

    Clothing. Cambridge weather is notoriously unpredictable. You’ll be out exploring both during the day and at night, so bring a jacket, preferably with a hood. Rain boots or some other waterproof shoes would be helpful. Things can get a bit messy. Be prepared to track through mud. Lastly, you’ll be moving a lot, so bring your most comfortable and least fancy clothing and shoes.

    Towels and other toiletries. Pretty self-explanatory. You’ll need to take a shower and stuff at some point.

    Sleeping stuff. This is something you should discuss with your host. Do you need a sleeping surface? A pillow? A blanket? Is the room going to be steamy or chilly? Either way, you should be prepared to pack a sleeping bag and pillow.


    Where you will stay during CPW

    All admitted students will stay on campus with a current undergraduate student. We are busy matching you with a student host and you will hear from your host next week! So stay tuned for more information! There is also ample food served at events so you won't go hungry and you'll often see students cooking breakfast in their residences.


    Campus access

    All admitted students who register for CPW will be required to set up a Kerberos account and download the MIT Atlas app. Through the app, you will need to submit proof of full Covid-19 vaccination or request an exemption. Once your status has been approved, your campus access will be activated beginning on April 7.

    If you are under the age of 18, your parent or legal guardian will need to fill out your medical release form and the parental Minor Acknowledgment Form for you to attend CPW.

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