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.


When you arrive on campus, you should go to the 3rd floor of the Student Center (Coffee House) to pick up your MIT ID and received an Orientation packet with helpful information on how to get started 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

Your Orientation begins when you Check-In on Saturday, August 27 or Sunday, August 28, 2016. All students are expected to be oncampus no later than 12 noon on August 28. When you check in at the Student Center, you will receive your your personal copy of the Transfer Orientation schedule and the Hitchhikers Guide to Orientation, which will provide you with details of the week's events and activities.

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 fall Registration on Tuesday, September 6, 2016.