Come visit us! The best way to learn about MIT is to experience it in person, and our guided tours give prospective students and their families an insider's view of campus.
Basic guided tour information
- Regularly scheduled student-led campus tours are conducted Monday through Friday at 11 am and at 3 pm, excluding federal, Massachusetts, and Institute holidays and the winter break period (see academic calendar).
- Tours are targeted toward prospective applicants and their families, but can be enjoyed by everyone.
- Admissions information sessions are held separately (see side bar).
- Tours are not held when the campus is closed. Visitors are advised to check the MIT Alert page or call 617-253-SNOW (7669) to ensure that the Institute is open and operating as usual.
- Institute events periodically affect the tour schedule throughout the year. Please check the MIT events calendar for dates when tours may not be offered.
If you plan to bring a high school group to campus, please note that reservations are required for groups of 10 or more individuals. If your group numbers 10 or more, please see the section regarding high school group tours.
What you'll see
Campus tours depart from the Building 7 Lobby, located at 77 Massachusetts Avenue, and generally last 75-90 minutes. All tours are conducted in English. The tours are led by MIT students and cover some of the most popular areas of the campus including the student center, Kresge Auditorium, the Zesiger Sports & Fitness Center, the Stata Center, and the Great Dome.
For groups of 10 or more prospective students (including chaperones), please complete the request form two to six weeks prior to your visit. We will make every effort to accommodate your request, but please note that high school group tours are always subject to the availability of MIT's student tour guides. Unfortunately, due to the volume of requests we receive, we are able to accommodate group tours for high school students only.
Interested in becoming one of our student tour guides? Fill out the online application.
Delegations and official visits
MIT departments, labs, and centers who will welcome foreign officials or government groups to campus may read more on the delegations and official visits page.
Photo: Christopher Harting
Printable self-guided walking tour map
Download a printable self-guided walking tour map and explore campus on your own.
Interested in becoming a tour guide? Complete the online application.
Undergraduate Admissions Information Sessions
Undergraduate Admissions Information Sessions are conducted prior to the campus tours during most of the year, except for dates posted on the Admissions Office website. The Admissions Office kindly asks that you RSVP to the Information Session you wish to attend.