MIT: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
for transfer students
The First Year at MIT

Countdown to Campus: When You Arrive

This page summarizes what you need to do when you arrive at MIT.

MIT ID/Meal Card

If you do not follow the instructions provided on the MyCard site over the summer, a temporary ID card will be issued when you arrive on campus. You will need to visit the MIT Card Office located in the basement of Stratton Student Center (W20-021) to have your photo taken and receive your permanent ID. The MIT Card Office and TechCASH Office are open 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday except on the first and third Friday of every month when the hours of operation are 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

Transfer Student Orientation

You are expected to attend your orientation on Thursday, February 2 from 9:30-2:00pm and Friday, February 3 from 10:00-2:00pm.


You will register for your classes with your departmental advisor, so you should arranged to meet with the Academic Administrator of your major department prior to your arrival. Your Administrator  will tell you who your faculty advisor will be and provide you with information on the registration processRegistration Day is Monday, February 6, 2017. Your advisor will advise you on your class selection for the spring. Transfer students do not pre-register for classes. Complete registration instructions can be found on the Registrar's website.  For information about the MIT General Institute Requirements (GIRs) and your departmental requirements, refer to the MIT Course Catalogue.

Academic Departments

You should have arranged to meet with the Academic Administrator of your major department prior to your arrival. S/he will provide you with the details for meeting your faculty advisor who will assist you with your selection of classes for spring Registration on Monday, February 6, 2017.