MIT Families

Tips and resources as you join the MIT family

Parents at the newly admitted MIT parents information session.

Next Steps

All of this is pretty exciting and perhaps a bit overwhelming, so we want to break down what you can expect over the next few months when it comes to getting everything set up for your student's first year at MIT.

Financial aid: We recommend that every admitted student apply for aid—you may be surprised by what you receive. Our Student Financial Services website is a great resource where you can learn about financial aid, payment and billing information, and job resources for students.

Virtual family programming: We are hosting virtual programming for families from April 1–3. Think of it as your own mini CPW. We will share more details in late March, so be sure to check back! 

Campus Preview Weekend
: Taking place April 11–14, CPW is 3.14 days full of events, fun, crafts, and panels for your student to explore what life at MIT is really like. CPW is for admitted students who have registered and submitted all of the associated materials.

If you have any questions about the weekend, please see the FAQs on the bottom of the Experience page.

Enrolling at MIT: All students have until May 1 to let us know their enrollment decision.

First-year info: The Class of 2028 will receive detailed information about housing, on-campus dining options, and orientation in early May. First-year students begin arriving on campus in mid-August for orientation programs, and classes begin the first week of September.


"Where will my student live?" is one of the most common questions we hear from families.

MIT’s housing system is unique compared to other colleges. Students choose where they live, and each living group is a community with its own distinct cultures and traditions. We have 10 residence halls to choose from; some are pristine and modern, while others are full of murals and cats.

Housing is guaranteed for all four years, and many students stay with the same community for their entire time at MIT. Our Guide to Residences goes into detail about all the different options.


The MIT Student Medical Plan, included with tuition, provides students with access to most services at MIT Health at no additional charge. The MIT Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) provides further coverage, including prescriptions, off-campus specialty care, and hospitalization. Full-time MIT students are automatically enrolled in and billed for SHIP. However, if you already have comparable insurance from a U.S.-based insurer, you can waive this coverage. More information on health insurance options is available at MIT Health.

The back of a shirt that reads "MIT family weekend"
MIT students participating in marching band.


first-year retention rate


of seniors completed internships while at MIT


MIT students who participated in an educational or work experience abroad