Understanding MIT Resources
The information in this section should help you put available resources into context.
THE DEANS’ OFFICES
The "Deans’ offices," are comprised of staff members who serve the academic and student life needs of MIT undergraduates. Staff members in these offices are deans, some are program coordinators, and others are undergraduate advisors. Staff specialties include: professional counseling, career services, physical education, conflict management/discipline, residential life, student activities, academics, and student financial services.
The Office of the Dean for Student Life (DSL)
Offices reporting to the Dean for Student Life work to enhance co-curricular experiences and the campus community. The Dean for Student Life, Larry Benedict, oversees the following offices and departments:
- Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation (DAPER)
- The Campus Activities Complex (CAC) and Campus Dining
- Housing and Student Life Programs (H & SLP)
- The MIT Card Office
Visit the Dean in Room 4-110, x3-4052 or browse the DSL website at: http://mit.edu/dsl/.
DAPER staff manage and support the physical education program, club sports, and varsity/intramural athletics If you want to organize fitness or athletic programs, start a new intramural team, or take your advising group to a game, DAPER staff can assist you.
CAC provides event coordination services, building management, tenant and information services, and administers the campus-dining program. CAC sponsors educational, social and community programs such as the CAC Program Board, the MIT Hobby Shop, the Office of Special Community Services, and the Student Art Association.
CAC staff can provide assistance with organizing programs outside of residence halls, and can connect you with the Student Art Association. Campus Dining can help you determine appropriate nutrition and food-related topics for RBA programming and can help answer questions your advisees may have about MIT meal plans.
For more information, visit the CAC in W20-500, x3-3913, or check out the CAC website.
For information on Dining@MIT, please visit: http://dining.mit.edu.
Residential Life Programs support MIT housing systems and campus life. Staff dedicate themselves to helping MIT undergraduate and graduate students thrive while living at MIT. The office coordinates graduate and undergraduate housing assignments, fosters community within MIT’s residence halls and FSILGs (Fraternities, Sororities, and Independent Living Groups), and offers an off-campus housing service.
You use your MIT Card for meal plans, library checkouts, and access to MIT buildings. New students receive their cards when they arrive. To replace lost cards or add money to a dining account, go to the Student Services Center (11-120) or MIT Dining (W20-507)
Visit the MIT Card Office in the basement of W20, contact them at: x3-3475, or explore their website at: http://web.mit.edu/mitcard/.
The Dean for Undergraduate Education, Daniel Hastings, a tenured faculty member from Aero/Astro, oversees the central Institute offices that support (surprise!) undergraduate education, including:
- The Office of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming (UAAP)
- The Admissions Office
- MIT Career Development Center
- The Office of Minority Education (OME)
- Student Financial Services (SFS)
- The Student Services Center (SSC)
You should also explore the MIT Student Life and Learning website.
Visit the Dean in Room 7-133, x3-6056 or explore the DUE website at: http://due.mit.edu/.
The UAAP oversees programs related to first-year advising and undergraduate academics, such as:
- First-Year Academic Advising and Programming
- Independent Activities Period (IAP)
- Student Disabilities Services
- Student Support Services
- Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)
In addition, the UAAP provides staff support to the faculty Committee on Academic Performance (CAP).
Why would an RAA or AA go to the UAAP? To assist your fellow residents in the areas of academic advising, tutoring, study skills, time management, and general information about undergraduate academic resources.
Visit UAAP staff in Rooms 5-104, 7-103 and 7-104 or contact us at x3-6771, or email@example.com.
The Admissions Office recruits and selects undergraduates. For graduate students, its role is administrative; the academic departments do recruitment and selection.
The Admissions Office is located in Room 3-108. For specific admissions information and answers to commonly asked questions visit: http://web.mit.edu/admissions/www/.
Global Education and Career Development helps students understand the relationship between what they do at MIT and their life after graduation. Staff can help you explore global educational opportunities, career options, apply to graduate or professional (pre-law, pre-med) school, develop interview and resume writing skills, find a summer job, find internships, study abroad or find employment after graduation. For more information, visit Room 12-170, x3-4733 or explore their website.
OME provides academic support and enrichment programs primarily for minority students. Services include tutorials, small groups on enhancing study skills, time management seminars, academic seminars (for which students can receive credit), and mentoring programs with engineers and scientists in industry.
Visit OME staff in Room 4-113, x3-5010 or check out their website.
SFS maintains student accounts, sends monthly bills, answers questions about financial transactions, discusses financial options with students and their families, administers MIT’s financial aid program and provides loan counseling, and access to job listings through the Student Employment Office.
Its stinks to owe money to anyone…so make sure this office is on your list of places to visit with your advisees. Helping your freshmen learn about money management is one of the best things you can do.
Visit SFS in the Student Services Center, Room 11-120.
SSC staff members are available to answer questions about student financial and academic records, to help you with routine transactions, and to provide referrals. Go to the SSC to obtain copies of your transcript, get account refunds, update your meal plan, replace your ID card, and submit required registration materials (Add/Drop forms, etc.).
Visit the SSC in Room 11-120, contact their staff at x8-8600 or explore the SSC website.
MIT Medical is a large health service center that offers a wide array of services to the MIT community from Allergy treatment to X-Ray, as well as, clinical internal medicine, pediatrics, OB-GYN, and mental health services.
Evening appointments are available in many services on certain days. Unlike the traditional model of college health services that focuses on the provision of student care, MIT Medical integrates student health care with services to staff, faculty, retirees, and their families. In addition, Community Wellness at MIT Medical provides a variety of health training classes and sponsors a number of support groups for all members of the MIT community.
Visit MIT Medical in Building E23, x3-4481 or explore the MIT Medical website.
For specific information on programs and services provided by Community Wellness at MIT Medical, please the Community Wellness site for more information