New Graduate Student FAQs
Q: When should I arrive?
A: ORC students are advised to arrive at MIT at least one week prior to Registration Day. Check MIT's Academic Calendar for exact dates http://web.mit.edu/registrar/calendar/.
If possible, international students should arrive earlier to check in with the International Students Office (Room 5-133) and sign up for a mandatory Immigration Information Session.
Anything you can accomplish before classes begin will benefit you greatly.
Q: Am I required to take the Writing Proficiency Exam?
A: All incoming students to the interdepartmental programs in Operations Research whose native language is English are required to take the Writing Exam; all incoming students whose native language is not English are required to take the EET instead. For more information pelase see http://www.mit.edu/~orc/resources/writing-exam.html.
Q: When do I register for classes?
A: You will register on Registration Day which can be found on the Academic Calendar http://web.mit.edu/registrar/calendar/index.html. You will receive more detailed information concerning registration via email.
Q: How can I find housing at MIT ?
A: Your best resourse may be http://housing.mit.edu. You will also be assigned a current ORC student as senior studenet guide. They will be an invaluable resource to you for just such questions.
Q: Do I have to use my MIT email address?
A: Yes. This MIT email address is also your Kerberos username and will be used throughout your career here at MIT. The ORC sends critical information and reminders to these email addresses so it is imperitive that you check it often.
Q: Where can I get help with technical questions?
A: For technical questions concerning the MIT Computing Facilities you should contact the current ORC Student Computer Administrators. Their names and email addresses are listed on the door of the ORC Computer Lab. If they are unavailable you should bring your concerns to an ORC Staff member.
For issues outside of the ORC you should refer to the very useful IS&T site http://ist.mit.edu/. If you are unable to find an answer to your questions you can contact them here http://ist.mit.edu/support.
Q: What courses should I be taking?
A: You will be meeting with your Academic Advisor prior to registration day to decide on the appropriate courses for your first term here at the ORC. For a list of recomended subject offerings please see our Subject Offerings page: http://www.mit.edu/~orc/academics/subjects.htm
Q: How long is my program?
A: SM students usually take 2 years to complete their program. PhD student usually allow for around 4 years to complete their program. This can vary from student to student depending on the circumstances.
Q: What if I don't get the Faculty Advisor I requested?
A: While we do our best to take student's preferences into consideration it is not always possible. Initial advisor assignments are made somewhat arbitrarily and will likely change as your research interests develop. You should not feel "stuck" in any way with your initial Faculty Advisor as it can (and in all likelyhood will) change.