Setting up & preparing for campus life

2022 incoming graduate students: While this page provides helpful information on setting up your access to an MIT Kerberos email account to access Canvas, your primary source of Orientation material should be the Canvas module “2022 Grad Student Orientation.” New content will be published in that Canvas module week-by-week this summer, and you’ll be notified of new updates via email.

This website has indexed that material for easy reference.

ID cards, accounts, certificates

Departments will notify incoming students once they are eligible to create an MIT Kerberos email account. Further instructions about creating an account can be found online at ist.mit.edu/accounts.

At MIT, installed web browser certificates as well as two-factor authentication called Duo are required to access all secure websites. Immediately after you have created your MIT Kerberos account, you should register for Duo. After you have registered for Duo, you will be able to install browser certificates that will grant you access to many secure sites, such as Housing. Further information about each of these steps can be found at ist.mit.edu/students.

Incoming graduate students must meet certain eligibility requirements, such as completing proper medical forms and meeting immigration requirements, in order to receive an MIT ID card. If these eligibility requirements have been met, incoming graduate students should visit the MIT Card Office in the Atlas Service Center (E17-106) to receive an MIT ID card. You will need to present a valid picture ID (a driver’s license, passport, etc.) when requesting an MIT ID card. For more information, please visit the MIT Card Services website at mit.edu/semo/card.

Housing

Watch the 2022 Graduate Housing webinar for up-to-date information.

Learn more about housing options and how MIT Housing & Residential Services can help you in the Orientation Canvas module (Touchstone authentication required).

Required courses

MIT is committed to working with all students to create a healthy and vibrant campus community, and to advancing a respectful and caring community that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion and empowers everyone to learn and do their best.

One aspect of these efforts are the following required courses, which incoming graduate students must complete by July 25, 2022:

  1. Sexual Assault Prevention – Grad Pt. 1
  2. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Student Pt. 1

Health insurance and MIT Medical

See the recording, slides, and transcript of the Navigating MIT Medical and Health Insurance webinar for 2022.

Please see the MIT Medical Canvas page for:

  • Links to medical report forms, 
  • Health insurance information, and 
  • A description of MIT Medical services.

Info for incoming international students

Watch the recording of the 2022 International Students Office (ISO) webinar for incoming graduate students.

Please see the Canvas page for the ISO for:

International students are also invited to visit the Office of Graduate Education’s international students page for their homebase on this public-facing website.

Download the MIT academic calendar for important dates

Prepare your calendar automatically with the graduate student-specific academic calendar from the Registrar’s Office. You can check the calendar online or download a file to import into your preferred digital calendar platform.