Applicant Mentorship Program (AMP)

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    Graduating students in Killian Court. Photo credit: Daisy Zhang.

The Department of Architecture is dedicated to making the study of architecture more accessible to broader populations and to diversifying its student body. 

The Applicant Mentorship Program (AMP) pairs prospective applicants from underrepresented populations- underrepresented racial minorities, low-income, or first generation college applicants – with current students, who can offer guidance and answer questions throughout the application process. AMP is oriented toward MArch, SMArchS, and SMBT applicants; PhD applicants can sign up but may be directed to contact a faculty member if no suitable student mentors are available. Participation is confidential.

For the 2022-23 academic year, AMP is active during the weeks of October 10th-14th, November 14th-18th, and January 2nd-6th. Prospective applicants can participate in any or all of these weeks. During the October and November weeks, participants will be paired with a current graduate student mentor. Mentors are available for synchronous video or phone meetings or communication through email and Slack. During the January week, prospective applicants can sign up for up to two 30-minute drop-in meetings with available mentors. Mentors can provide feedback on all subjective or open-ended application components, including portfolios, statements of objectives, interviews, essays, and advice on who and how to ask for recommendation letters. Mentors can also answer general questions about the application process; however, most procedural or technical questions about applications should be directed to Darren Bennett (darrenb@mit.edu), Graduate Admissions Coordinator.

If you are a prospective applicant and would like to participate in AMP, please complete the AMP Mentee Interest Form by the following deadlines:

October mentorship week: October 3rd, 2022

November mentorship week: October 31st, 2022

January mentorship week: December 12th, 2022 (sign-up form will be sent to all who complete the Interest Form) 

If you are a current graduate student and would like to be a mentor, please complete the AMP Mentor Sign-Up Form by September 30th, 2022.  

Lauren Schuller (laurenms@mit.edu), the department Diversity, Equity & Belonging Officer, will contact you with the name of your mentor and their availability for meetings. Participation in AMP does not guarantee admission.

 For additional questions, please email Lauren Schuller (laurenms@mit.edu).