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Freshman Advising at Terrascope

As a student in Terrascope/Mission your official freshman advisor will be assigned from within the program. Your advisor will provide support to you in a variety of ways including offering advice on what subjects to take, as well as connecting you with faculty at MIT who may be sources of future undergraduate research projects. He or she is often a good source of both formal and informal advice as you adjust to academic and social life at MIT, and will sign course registration forms for you. Typically, you will meet in one-on-one meetings as well as in small groups comprised of other freshmen advisees. In addition, you will also get to know associate advisors—undergraduate students who have been through Mission/Terrascope in their freshmen year. Associate advisors are often able to offer perspectives on potential classes or majors from their own experience, or may arrange outings for your advising group.

As a Terrascope/Mission student, you will be allowed to exceed MIT’s freshman credit limit by 3 units to allow you to enroll in Mission, a 9-unit subject. However, you will not be able to also take a Freshman advising seminar because the extra 6 units of the seminar would exceed the credit limit.

You can belong to both Terrascope/Mission and join a residence based advising group (RBA). Your advisor will be both your Terrascope and RBA advisor, and your advising group will be comprised of other students who are in both your RBA and in Terrascope. In addition to your assigned advisor and associate advisors, the Terrascope community offers you many people to talk with as you explore your options: professors, undergraduate and graduate teaching assistants, alumni, and Terrascope staff. Overall, Terrafrosh receive a lot of individual attention as a result of our advising structure. We think that the care we put into making sure you have good sources of advice will help make your first year at MIT successful.