Graduate Student Orientation 2017

Graduate orientation includes Institute-wide events organized by the Graduate Student Council (GSC) as well as events that are specifically for Architecture students.  Incoming graduate students are encouraged to attend the GSC events that can be found here.

Monday, August 28. 

Architecture Ice Cream Social North Corner outside Long Lounge (Room 7-429)
Architecture students, faculty and staff are invited to meet the incoming Architecture graduate students. Make your own ice cream sundae!

Tuesday, August 29

9:00-12:00 (arrive between 8:30 and 8:50)
English Evaluation Test, Mandatory, Room 10-250

The EET is a diagnostic test of academic English for entering international graduate students whose primary language of instruction throughout K-12 was not English. Students must bring several #2 pencils and a pen to the exam.  Traditional English/Bilingual dictionaries are recommended (no electronic devices of any kind are permitted). For more information, go to 

Wednesday, August 30

Coffee and breakfast, North Corner outside Long Lounge (Room 7-429)

Architecture Orientation Part 1, Mandatory, Long Lounge (Room 7-429)
This session is for all new graduate students in the department. Topics include subject selection, registration, and department requirements.

Architecture Welcome and Lunch, Wood Sailing Pavilion East (Building 51)

Meet Meejin Yoon, Department Head, and faculty from the degree programs for a welcome and lunch next to the Charles River.

Art Culture and Technology (ACT) New Student Facilities Tour, Mandatory, ACT Cube (E15-001)

For incoming Master of Science in Art, Culture and Technology students (SMACT)

Thursday, August 31

Coffee and breakfast, North Corner outside Long Lounge (Room 7-429)

Architecture Orientation Part 2, Mandatory, Long Lounge (Room 7-429)
This session covers important information for all new graduate students about the facilities and safety, merit aid, student employment, the IAP internship program and student organizations.

OGE Diversity Initiatives Welcome Event, Morss Hall

All MIT graduate community members are invited to attend this celebratory event to welcome new and continuing graduate students, staff, faculty and other community members to campus and to develop connections in a supportive environment. This event will engage with issues that are particularly challenging to underrepresented students. New graduate students will have the opportunity to learn about campus resources and student organizations that are focused on graduate diversity and inclusion. Free, but register in advance.  Go to

Architecture Shop Safety Orientation, Mandatory for all students including ACT, Long Lounge (Room 7-429)

The event will cover shop resources, capabilities, and policies, general shop rules, scheduling for in-shop training sessions, and EHS hazardous material overview.

Tour of Rotch Library and Visual Collections for Architecture Students, Mandatory, Room 7-238
Meet the staff of Rotch Library for an overview of the Architecture and Planning library and visual collections.

Master of Science in Architecture Studies (SMArchS) Welcome BBQ, Forbes Family Café (32-First Floor)

A welcome event for the Master of Science in Architecture Studies community including the new and continuing SMArchS students, faculty and staff.

Friday, September 1

ACT Studio Assignments, ACT Cube 15-001

Event for incoming SMACT students.

CRON Computing Orientation, Mandatory, Room 10-250

The CRON staff will provide an introduction to computing at MIT in the School of Architecture and Planning. Topics include software, how and where to print, and things to make life easier. Sign up in advance on the door of 9-554 to attend one of the three CRON Laptop Clinics in 9-554, on Sept. 1, 5 or 6, from 5-7 pm.  Meet at 5 pm on the date you signed up for.

2:00, 3:00 and-4:00
Architecture In-shop Training, Room 3-410
Sign up for one of the three in-shop training session. ACT students sign up for the 2 pm session. The sign-up sheet will be posted outside Room 3-410 after the August 31st shop safety session. This in-shop training is now mandatory for all incoming Architecture students, including ACT students. An additional shop-specific training for the Mars Lab, E14-151, will be coordinated by the ACT staff at another time to be announced. This additional training is mandatory for ACT students and recommended for other Course 4 students.

ACT Orientation, E15-207

For incoming SMACT students. Topics will include academic requirements, administrative information, and exhibition and documentation of student work.

CRON Laptop Clinic, 9-554

Arrive at 5 pm and bring your laptop.

Tuesday, September 5

Registration Day
Schedule a time to meet with your Registration Officer. The registration process will be explained at the Architecture Orientation Part 1 on August 30.

SMArchS Orientation, Mandatory for SMArchS Students, Stella (Room 7-338)
This session is the first meeting for all incoming SMArchS students with the Co-Directors of the SMArchS Program.

Orientation for PhDs in History, Theory, Criticism (HTC), Mandatory, Alice Maclaurin Room (10-300)

M.Arch Orientation, Mandatory for M.Arch Students, Stella (Room 7-338)

This session is the first meeting for M.Arch students with the Director of the M.Arch Program and the core faculty. Information will be provided about the degree requirements.

Orientation for SMArchS HTC Students, Mandatory, Emma Rogers Room (10-340)

Orientation for SMArchS Architecture and Urbanism Students, Mezzanine (10-491M)

ACT Student Lunch in Fenway, meet in E15-207

For SMACT students only. Travel as group on the T to the Fenway for lunch.

Lunch for PhD and SMArchS HTC students, Emma Rogers Room (10-340)

Lunch for PhD and SMArchS Computation students, Long Lounge (7-429) 

Lunch for PhD, SMArchS and SM Building Technology students, Room 5-418

ACT Student Field Trip, 25 Evans Way, Boston

For SMACT students only.Tour the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

Orientation for SMArchS Architecture Design students, Mezzanine (10-491M)

Preview of Fall Design Studios, Long Lounge (7-429)
All are invited to hear brief presentations by the design studio instructors about the fall offerings.

ACT Student Pecha Kucha-like Presentation Rehearsal, ACT Cube (E15-001)

For incoming SMACT students.

CRON Laptop Clinic, 9-554

Arrive at 5 pm and bring your laptop.

Wednesday, September 6
First Day of Classes

CRON Laptop Clinic, 9-554

Arrive at 5 pm and bring your laptop.

Friday, September 8

School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P) Welcome Reception, E14-6th Floor

Dean Hashim Sarkis is hosting this annual welcome reception for all students, faculty and staff in SA+P.

MIT List Visual Arts Center/Arts on the Radar, E15

Join the List Center, the MIT Program in Arts, Culture and Technology (ACT), and Arts at MIT for an evening of art, food, and fun. Enjoy Pecha Kucha-like sessions from 7 to 8:30 pm, live music, BBQ with Redbones food truck, and an art interactive Community Legacy workshop with artist Elisa Hamilton. View art installations and demonstrations in the atrium lobbies and learn more about MIT’s exciting art community. The evening culminates with a dance party at 9 pm in the ACT Cube (E15-001).  This event is presented in conjunction with the List Center’s Student Loan Art Program Exhibition and Lottery. This event is free.  Bring an ID.

Tuesday, September 19

Architecture Teaching Assistant Workshop, Long Lounge (7-429)

Mandatory training session for students who are TAs for in Architecture with the exception of TAs for ACT classes (4.3xx).  The ACT program will directly contact its TAs about the separate training session. Questions?  Cynthia Stewart (