Setting up & preparing for campus life

2023 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 “2023 Grad Student Orientation.” New content will be published in that Canvas module week-by-week starting in the late spring, 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

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

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


Watch an upcoming Graduate Housing webinar for up-to-date information; webinars are scheduled in March and April.

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 in July 2023 (specific deadline TBA):

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

Health insurance and MIT Medical

A webinar will be scheduled on Navigating MIT Medical and Health Insurance in May 2023.

Stay tuned for the MIT Medical Canvas page, which will cover:

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

Info for incoming international students

An International Students Office (ISO) webinar for incoming graduate students will be scheduled in May 2023.

Stay tuned for the Canvas page for the ISO, which will cover:

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.