Applicant Mentorship Program 2021

The Department of Architecture is dedicated to making the study of architecture more accessible to broader populations and to diversifying its student body. A community rich in perspectives and diverse backgrounds enhances our students, the Department, and the discipline.

The Applicant Mentorship Program (AMP) pairs prospective applicants with current students, who can offer guidance and answer questions throughout the application process. We especially encourage applicants from underrepresented backgrounds and those lacking support or facing other challenges in their pursuit of graduate studies to sign up for AMP.

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 each in October, November, and December, 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, Graduate Admissions Coordinator.If you would like to participate in AMP, Apply Here. Darren Bennett will contact you with your mentor information on the Friday before each mentorship week. 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 three weeks of office hours where applicants can meet with current students virtually, one-on-one.

Week 1: October 18-22
Week 2: November 8-12
Week 3: December 13-17

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