Visiting

Visiting AeroAstro

Touring AeroAstro (effective Monday March 9, the AeroAstro tour is canceled until May 15)

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

Notice regarding COVID-19:  if you had signed up for an MIT admissions information session, a general campus tour, or another admissions visit program, you would have received an email from the MIT Admissions Office informing you that all admissions visit programs have been canceled until May 15. This is in accordance with MIT's new policies and procedures in response to the international spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).  Therefore, the AeroAstro tour offered on Mondays and Fridays has also been canceled until May 15.  If you wish to visit AeroAstro (and MIT) after May 15, it's advisable that you contact AeroAstro's undergraduate programs administrator mas [at] mit.edu (Marie Stuppard) before booking a flight. 

For more information on MIT's response to COVID-19, please go to: https://mitadmissions.org/blogs/entry/mits-covid-19-precautions-and-its-impact-on-admissions/.  

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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.  

Please contact AeroAstro's undergraduate programs administrator mas [at] mit.edu (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 (effective Monday March 9, AeroAstro lab tours and prospective student visits are canceled until after May 15)

Notice regarding COVID-19:  Due to the evolving situation with COVID-19, we will be suspending all lab tours and prospective grad applicant visits until after May 15, 2020. We cannot currently schedule a future tour for you at this time. Please reach out to us per the instructions below after May 15, 2020, to schedule a tour in June 2020 and going forward.

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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] mit.edu (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 after May 15, 2020, when we will hopefully resume tour and visit activities.

Others wishing a tour

Please email aeroastro-info [at] mit.edu after May 15, 2020.