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WISE (Weekend Immersion in Science and Engineering) is a three-day experience for rising seniors to learn what it is like to be an MIT student. The program is completely free, including the cost of transportation to and from MIT. We strongly encourage students from underrepresented and/or underserved backgrounds to apply, including Black, Latinx, and Native students, as well as students who come from low socioeconomic means, rural or predominantly minority high schools, or who might be the first in their family to attend college.

Program Details

WISE has two sessions each fall. The program begins on a Sunday afternoon and concludes at noon on Tuesday. Participants will stay on campus with a current MIT undergraduate host, and learn firsthand about academics and social life on campus. As a participant, you will attend classes, meet with faculty, experience hands-on lab-based activities, and get to know our campus community. Workshops will offer tips on the college admissions and financial aid application processes.

Application Details

The application for the 2019 program is now closed, and completed applications are due by July 13. We will notify all applicants in mid-August. You will also be asked to select which of the two sessions you would prefer to attend, September 15–17 or September 29–October 1. Make sure to check with your parents, teachers, and coaches before applying.

There are a few things that you should have ready before you start the application:

  • your current test scores,
  • an unofficial transcript, and
  • responses to several short essay questions.

You can review the essay questions and everything you need to apply on the first page of the application.


The cost of transportation to and from campus is paid for by MIT for all participants. Details on booking travel are provided to all attending participants.

Accommodations and meals

Participants are hosted by a current MIT undergraduate and stay with them in one of our ten residence halls. This may be a single-sex or co-ed hall. Participants fill out a host matching form with housing preferences prior to attending the program.

Meals are provided for the entire program and you will even get to check out a campus dining hall.

contact info

WISE is an MIT Admissions program. If you have any questions, email us at [email protected] We are happy to chat!