Orientation Committee

The goal of the Orientation Committee is to welcome incoming first year graduate students to MIT and provide a conduit for integration into the community. The OC holds over 60 events, over the course of 4 weeks to help new students know the institute, know the people and know the city. New students will become familiar with their new school and city, and they may make their closest friends during their first month at MIT, during orientation!

Orientation is undoubtedly the most exciting time of the school year. Remember how lost you were when you first arrived, and how orientation helped you meet people and make friends… Come join the Orientation Family, and help welcome the first years to MIT! If you wish to get involved in this fun and rewarding experience, please contact us.

Planning and Volunteers

The coordinators and volunteers for Orientation are fellow students who want to help make the first year students’ transition easy and fun. Planning for Orientation begins in March, and extends all the way through the end of September. The two OC chairs work closely with the GSC officers, administrators and the MIT community at large for high-level planning. Each event also has one or more coordinators, who are responsible for event details, and recruiting volunteers. If you’re interested, please contact us.

Types of Events

The events are divided into three categories know the institute, know the people and know the city. Know the institute events include Grad School 101 and 102 and a formal Welcome Address from MIT President Susan Hockfield and other distinguished speakers. Know the people events include dance parties in the graduate dorms and many welcome banquets and receptions. Know the city events include a volunteer day, Boston Duck Tours and a pub crawl. Events will have relevant information and mingling opportunities for families, minorities and international.


Several departments and offices within MIT also sponsor Orientation, along with MIT affiliated groups including the Harvard-MIT Coop, the MIT Federal Credit Union and Techlink. External sources of funding also exist, which are generally corporate sponsors who help fund a particular event. The total budget for Orientation is on the order of $100,000.

Frequently Asked Questions

I’m thinking of helping out! What do I do?

The GSC Orientation Committee is now recruiting! Participating in Graduate Orientation is fun, exciting, and a great way to meet new people! Your commitment will be flexible. You can lead event organization, design graphics, or just lend a helping hand on the day. For your help you will be guaranteed a variety of perks. For more information please contact us.


Please direct all questions and queries to gsc-oc__@__mit.edu