Visiting AeroAstro

Touring AeroAstro

Generally, our tours are limited to prospective students and their families. Occasionally we can accommodate others (e.g., STEM programs, student aerospace clubs), however groups seeking a tour must be registered nonprofit organizations with a demonstrated aerospace engineering/education connection.

General information regarding visiting the MIT campus can be found on the MIT Visitor Page. Please also explore the MIT Interactive Map.

Prospective undergraduate students

High school students interested in aerospace engineering who plan to apply to MIT are welcome to visit the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AeroAstro). Department tours are usually offered on Mondays and Fridays starting at 1 p.m. in the Building 33 second-floor corridor outside Room 33-202, and last 45-60 minutes. Tour dates and times may change subject to tour guide availability.  NOTE:  in the spring of 2020, there will not be a general tour of AeroAstro on the following dates:  February 3, February 7, February 17, March 23, March 27, April 20, May 15, May 18, May 25, and May 29.  Please plan your visit accordingly.  

Please contact AeroAstro's undergraduate programs administrator mas [at] (Marie Stuppard) at least two weeks prior to your visit to determine if your tour can be confirmed. Indicate in your email the date you plan to be at MIT and how many will be in your party.

If you wish to sit in on a class as part of your AeroAstro visit, you should schedule your tour for the fall (mid-September to early December) or spring (early February to mid-May) semesters. Regular classes are not held during January or during the summer.

We suggest you also explore the MIT information session and general campus tour.

Prospective graduate students

Because our AeroAstro graduate program is research-based, we encourage prospective graduate students to become familiar with our research labs, and select one or two to visit. Prospective graduate students’ tours are led by current graduate students, and are personalized to be as informative as possible. To arrange a lab tour, please contact graduate program administrator bethamar [at] (Beth Marois) at least two weeks before you'd like to visit. Lab tours are available during business hours, Monday through Friday; please include in your email the date and time you'd like to visit. We recommend scheduling your tour within one year of your intended date of enrollment, to ensure that you get an accurate picture of the research you'll encounter, should you be admitted. 

Prospective graduate students wishing to schedule meetings with faculty during their visit should contact them directly.

Others wishing a tour

Please email aeroastro-info [at]