Visiting DMSE

Note: the Admitted Students Weekend on March 12–15, 2020 is cancelled. Admitted students should check for updates on how they can learn more about the department.

Each spring, the Department invites admitted students to come as a group to visit the campus to meet with faculty, learn more about the academic programs and current research, explore some of the research facilities, and spend a weekend immersed in the culture of MIT. The Department typically covers partial travel costs for students (domestic and international) to visit during these weekends. The visiting weekends will be February 20-23 and March 12-15, 2020.

We strongly encourage admitted students to visit MIT, regardless of your initial inclination to accept or decline the offer of admission. Obviously, you will be able to make a much more well informed decision about whether MIT is right for you, after spending time with faculty, current students, and your potential classmates in the fall.

Note: These weekends are intended for students admitted to the doctoral track.

Weekend Highlights

  • Friday: full-day program that includes talks by DMSE professors, one-on-one visits with faculty, informal meetings with graduate students, and laboratory tours
  • Saturday morning: informal program with opportunities to get to know facilities and personalities in the Department and the Institute
  • Friday evening and Saturday afternoon and evening: experience the sights of the Boston and Cambridge area with your fellow visiting admittees and graduate student hosts

We will provide lodging for three nights (double occupancy) and all meals (Thursday evening through Sunday morning).

You will have a great opportunity to spend a weekend with a group of people with whom you may choose to share your graduate experience.

Weekend Planning

After you have been admitted, you will be asked to list a few professors with whom you would particularly like to meet on the Friday afternoon of your visit. Before the visit, we will send you additional information, including a detailed agenda of the weekend. As you begin planning your visit, please note that we ask you to arrive in Boston Thursday afternoon or evening and to depart Sunday morning.

The hassles of driving around Boston and Cambridge are infamous. We recommend that you use public transportation rather than renting a car if you are coming to MIT from Logan Airport.

Expense Reimbursement

We will be pleased to reimburse a portion of your transportation expenses to and from Boston. We will reimburse partial travel-related expenses including any or all of the following: round-trip coach class airfare, mileage at the IRS-approved reimbursement rate for up to 800 miles by car plus highway and bridge tolls; parking fees at airport or hotel; and ground transportation via taxi, shuttle, bus, or subway. As noted above, we will provide for your lodging for three nights (double occupancy) and will reimburse you a maximum of $8.00, $12.00, and $25.00 for any breakfast, lunch, or dinner (respectively) costs you incur between Thursday evening and Sunday morning. (Most of these meals will be provided.) Please keep your receipts for all out-of-pocket expenses as you must submit them for us to reimburse you. You are welcome to request a specific hotel roommate if you know another newly admitted student who will be visiting the Department the same weekend.

Note: in some cases, air fare is significantly reduced if you choose to fly into nearby Providence, RI, and take public transportation to Boston.