Freshman Advising: Residence-Based Advising
All freshmen assigned to live in Maseeh Hall, McCormick Hall, Next House, Chocolate City, and Spanish House are advised through the Residence Based Advising Program (RBA), which supports your transition to living and learning at MIT by providing academic resources within the residential community.
Before entering the Freshman Housing Lottery, please be sure to first read all the information in this RBA section to learn how your housing decision will affect your options for freshman advising.
- As a freshman in an RBA residence, you will be part of a small group of students advised by a Faculty or staff advisor and by a Resident Associate Advisor (RAA). Because the RAA is an upperclass student who lives in the residence, you always have someone to turn to for questions or support.
- Your RAA is a resource for all things MIT and a direct connection to the culture of your residence. Your Freshman Advisor and your RAA are responsible for making sure you have the information you need to make a smooth transition to MIT. Whether in an advising seminar or in traditional advising, you and your advisor will work together all year long.
- To ensure the continuity and the quality of the advising experience, all freshmen living in RBA dorms make a commitment to live in their RBA community for their entire first year at MIT. Only freshmen assigned to Maseeh Hall, Next House, and the participating cultural houses will have the option to enter the First Year Residence Exchange (FYRE) during Orientation. Students assigned to Maseeh or Next House after the First Year Residence Exchange (FYRE) will have the same commitment to RBA as other students assigned during the Housing Lottery.
- In Maseeh Hall, McCormick Hall and Next House, you may elect to participate in a select group of RBA Freshman Advising Seminars or to be advised by a traditional advisor. See the RBA seminar descriptions for information on the seminars offered to residents of each RBA house. If you apply for an RBA seminar, but do not get any of your choices, you will be assigned to a Traditional Advisor.
- In Chocolate City and Spanish House, all residents are automatically assigned to a traditional advising group.
- You may live in any Residence-Based Advising house and participate in any of the Learning Communities (Terrascope, Experimental Study Group, Concourse, and Media Arts and Sciences). Your freshman advisor, however, will be a faculty or staff member from the Learning Community.
- RBA students who rank RBA dorms among their top four choices must provide their RBA-specific advising preferences within the Summer Housing Lottery.
- Additionally, ALL freshmen must also fill out the online Freshman Advising Application and indicate seminar, learning community or traditional advising preferences. Follow the instructions on Advising Application page.