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Visit MIT: Prospective student programs

❗️All programming on campus has been cancelled through summer 2020 as a protective measure in response to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). For more information and alternative ways to explore our campus, please see our latest blog post.

MIT campus visit (information session and tour)

Our information sessions cover a variety of topics including academics, campus life, and the admissions and financial aid processes. The information session is followed by a student-led campus tour.

You can schedule your visit here. While reservations are not formally required, they are strongly recommended so we can make sure we have space for you.

Counselors, educators, and other members of the general public are welcome to join our tours. However, if you plan to bring a group of 10 or more to campus, please complete the group visit request form at least three weeks prior to your visit.

Group visits

If you are planning on bringing a group of 10 or more to campus special arrangements need to be made. Please visit the Group tours page and complete the group visit request form. If your group arrives to the check-in location without making prior arrangements we will not be able to accommodate your group.

Academic programs

There are special tours available for prospective students interested in majoring in Architecture or “Course 4,” and those interested in majoring in Aeronautics and Astronautics, also known as “AeroAstro” and “Course 16.”

Course 4 tours

If you are interested in Architecture, we recommend that you make a special visit to the department while you are at MIT. Ideally, two weeks before your visit, email Paul Pettigrew in the Course 4 Undergraduate Office.

Course 16 tours

If you’d like to tour the AeroAstro Department, please contact Marie Stuppard at least two weeks in advance and allow a few days to receive a confirmation. Tours are given from 1–2 PM on Mondays and Fridays, excluding holidays. Please note: Tour dates and times may change subject to tour guide availability.

Shadow a Student

For the spring 2020 semester, the Shadow a Student program is only available to admitted seniors. Prospective juniors are welcome to visit for a campus tour and information session, attend a class off our open class list, or take any of the department specific tours.

If you are an admitted senior, you can request a Shadow a Student visit in your MyMIT account. During your visit you will attend a class or two and go to lunch with a current MIT student, where you can ask them any questions you have and learn firsthand about life here at MIT.

Attend a class

Professors across our campus welcome prospective students to sit in on a lecture while their classes are in session. In response to the spread of the novel coronavirus, open classes will not be available for the spring semester.

Self-guided tour

Visiting campus when the Admissions Office is closed? Feel free to download and print a self-guided tour map. This map takes you on a similar route to the student-led tour and provides some helpful facts and figures along the way.

Severe weather: What if MIT closes?

In case of severe weather, the Admissions Office follows the Institute emergency closing guidelines. If MIT is closed, the Admissions Office is closed and all visit programming is canceled. We will post any closures to and notify you of any cancellations by email. Visit to learn more about campus closures. If you would like to reschedule your visit, it’s easy! You can reschedule by simply filling out a new reservation form.