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MIT staff blogger Chris Peterson SM '13

All the 2021 i3 videos megapost by Chris Peterson SM '13

your annual Interactive Introduction to the Institute

As a part of MIT’s unconventional housing assignment process, rising first years typically consult MIT guide to residences while choosing where to live. This guide includes the Interactive Introduction to the Institute (I3) videos, which are produced by students to show off their life and culture of their residence halls. In the ’90s and early ’00s, these were recorded to VHS tapes, and later DVDs, and mailed to adMITs, but with the advent of YouTube/Vimeo/etc they are now posted online (alongside tours!).

I’ve embedded all the 2021 i3 videos below in case you would like a glimpse into how MIT students describe their own communities to those they hope to live with. You can learn more about each residence hall, and see more videos, at the MIT Guide to Residences.


Meanwhile, New House has several cultural houses, some (but not all) of which made their own i3 videos. Those are embedded below.