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Visiting HASTS

Prospective Student Visit Day

Prospective applicants who are particularly interested in visiting the program before applying are encouraged to attend the HASTS Prospective Student Visit Day on Monday, October 28, 2019. HASTS offers this day so that prospective students can get a better understanding of what our program offers in terms of research and resources, and to help them decide if our program may be a good fit for them. There is no expectation that applicants have to attend this event in order to apply to our program.

To register, complete this registration form no later than Monday, October 21. Directions, final agenda, etc. will be sent to participants by October 24.

We will offer the ability to participate via Skype to 20 prospective applicants who are interested in attending Visit Day but cannot do so in person. They will be able to attend the first two sessions listed below (from 9-10:30am). If you would like to chose this option, please follow the same registration procedure and indicate on the form that you would like to Skype. We expect the slots will fill quickly, so donít delay registering. We will confirm spots as soon as we can.

The dayís events are as follows:

9:00-9:45: Overview of the HASTS program with the HASTS Director of Graduate Studies
9:45-10:30: Faculty Panel Presentation
10:45-12:00: Group discussions with HASTS faculty
12:00-1:30: Lunch with current HASTS students

Following the program, participants may want to take a campus tour. General campus tours are available through the central admissions office and start immediately following the 2pm undergraduate information sessions, if space is available. Self-guided tours are also an option.

We encourage participants to take public transportation to MIT. If you anticipate driving to Cambridge for Visit Day, please be advised that we are not able to issue visitor parking permits.

Other Visits

If prospective applicants are unable to attend the Visit Day, they may be able to make arrangements to visit the program by requesting to meet with the HASTS Director of Graduate Studies, the Academic Administrator and/or faculty members whose area of research is of interest to them.

These visits are not required for admission; they are available to those who want to get a sense if our program is a good match for their academic and research interests. Visits are only scheduled between May 1 and December 15 each year. During the admissions cycle (January - April), applicants who are selected to advance to the second round of the admissions process will be invited to campus interview in February or March.

To request a visit, submit the one-page Prospective Student Questionnaire to the HASTS Academic Administrator (at and include the names of the faculty members with whom you would like to meet and when you are available to visit. Applicants should keep in mind that faculty have full schedules, so not all requests can be accomodated and meetings need to be scheduled before making travel plans to visit MIT.