Nov/16
Applicant Mentorship Program

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 low-income or underrepresented racial minority backgrounds with current students, who can offer guidance and answer questions throughout the application process. AMP is oriented toward MArch, SMArchS, and SMBT applicants; PhD students can sign up but may be directed to contact a faculty member if no suitable student mentors are available. Participation is confidential.

AMP is active during one week in November, and December each, and prospective applicants can participate in any or all of these weeks. Participants will be paired with a current graduate student mentor for the duration of the AMP program. During mentorship weeks, mentors are available for synchronous video or phone meetings or communication through email and Slack. Mentors can provide feedback on all subjective or open-ended application components, including portfolios, statements of objectives, interviews, essays, and advice on who to ask, 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 would like to participate in AMP, apply here. Once your application has been received, Darren Bennett 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 Darren Bennett (darrenb@mit.edu) or Chris Jenkins (jenkinsc@mit.edu).

AMP will feature two weeks of office hours where applicants can meet with current students one-on-one, and through Slack. 

Week 1: November 16-20
Week 2: December 14-18

Applicants can register for up to three half-hour sessions per week.