Congratulations on your acceptance to MIT! You are now invited to visit the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) to meet faculty and students and learn more about the research going on here. It is also a chance to see the campus and the surrounding areas of Cambridge and Boston. Please, direct any questions you have to Fern Keniston (

Most activities will take place in or near CSAIL's Patil/Kiva seminar room (32-G449) in the Stata Center unless otherwise noted. Please be aware that the Stata Center perimeter doors and CSAIL interior doors with proximity card readers will be open all day on Friday, but will only be unlocked between 11 am and 6 pm on Saturday.

There is open wireless access throughout the Stata Center (and most of MIT) so feel free to bring a laptop or other portable computing device if you are so inclined. There are also a few open workstations on the first floor of the Stata Center, if you just want to quickly browse the web during your visit.


Thursday, March 5

7:30-9:30pm: Welcome Reception and Dinner for all prospective EECS graduate students, sponsored by the MIT EECS GSA
Location: Stata Center (32-4th floor), R&D Commons
Student escorts will leave the hotel lobby every 20 minutes from 7:00 to 8:30 PM.

Friday, March 6

8:15-8:45 AM Student Visitors meet in Marriott Hotel lobby

8:15am, 8:30am and 8:45am departures for Bldg 32 Stata Center

9:00-9:30AM: Breakfast, outside Patil/Kiva, Building 32- Room G449

9:30-12:00PM: Welcome by Department Head & CSAIL Lab Director
  Three minute madness (Area II/Computer Science) -- these are technical presentations by faculty and research staff, inside Patil/Kiva, 32-G449

12:00-1:00PM: LUNCH with research groups

1:00-5:00PM: One-on-one Meetings with Faculty & RAISINS (Research Area Information Sessions & Informal Networking with Students), throughout CSAIL (building 32)

5:00-6:00PM: Reception for all EECS prospective graduate students --- Hosted by Faculty & Lab Directors, R&D Commons (32-4th floor)

6:30PM - ???PM: Small Group Dinners with CS Faculty & current graduate students

Saturday, March 7

9-10:30 AM: Breakfast on your own (breakfast voucher will be provided)

11-11:30 AM: GRADUATE PROGRAM Overview by Graduate Officer, Professor Leslie Kolodziejski, with Q&A. (location tbd)

11:30AM-12:30PM: Panel: Graduate Student Life in EECS at MIT, (location tbd)

12:30-2:30PM: EECS Fun Fair, Stata Student Street (building 32, first floor)
  opportunity to chat with current EECS graduate students and staff
  about their varied extracurricular activities (outside of their
  research). Lunch will also be provided.

WOMEN/WOMEN-IDENTIFIED ONLY EVENT, (time and location tbd)
  hosted by Graduate Women in EECS Course VI (GW6),

2:30-5:00PM: Tours

  •  Campus Tours
  •  Dormitory Tours - recommended for those considering on-campus housing.
  •  MIT Coop Shopping Trip

5:30PM: Group Meet-up to travel with escort to Visit Days Party

6:00-9:00PM: EECS 2015 Visit Days Party
   MIT Museum [Bldg. N51, 265 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge]

9:00-11:00PM: FUN!!!

  •  9:00PM - Off Campus Activities Night, sponsored by the GSA, depart from the MIT Museum
Sunday, March 8

DEPART MIT, various times.

Schedule last updated: 3 February 2015

Travel Reimbursement

MIT will reimburse students for reasonable travel expenses (no more than $500 in total). You must provide receipts in order to be reimbursed for these expenses:
  • domestic airfare
  • international airfare
  • train/subway/bus fare
  • cab fare to/from Logan airport
    • 617-497-1500 (Cambridge Checker Cab)
    • 617-494-1300 (Cambridge Checker Taxi Service)

Most meals are provided during your visit, so additional meals you purchase out of pocket will _not_ be reimbursed.

Lodging will be arranged and paid for up to three nights of your visit. Please contact Fern if you will visit MIT for longer to make separate payment arrangements. The EECS Department's Hotel Policy on Guests is as follows:

  1. Arrangements must be made in advance with Professor Leslie Kolodziejski or Fern Keniston. [This means a student cannot show up requesting a single room without our knowledge, unless the student will be paying for that room out of their own pocket.]
  2. The room allowance for each student is = 1/2 cost of the room. [For this year, with taxes, the room allowance is ~$80. per student per night]. If a visiting student wishes to bring a guest (and therefore will not have a roommate), the visiting student will be responsible for the other = 1/2 room allowance, or ~$80. per night.]
  3. EECS will arrange and provide accommodations for Thursday, Friday and Saturday of the Visit Days only. [MIT will pay the hotel directly for all rooms that we use on those days.] If a student wishes to stay longer, the student is responsible for making their own room arrangements with the hotel of their choice or must work with Fern to handle the extended stay's arrangements and billing.
  4. For a visiting student who brings a guest, the $80 per night room expense will be subtracted from his/her overall travel reimbursement.
  5. For a visiting student who stays any extra nights, the $80 per night room expense will be subtracted from his/her overall travel reimbursement.

Note: You must save and submit all receipts for reimbursable expenses.