Graduate Community

MIT has an extensive graduate community. Roughly 60 percent of students at MIT are at the graduate level, which means there are plenty of opportunities to engage with one another. The vibrant graduate student community includes hundreds of groups, clubs, and associations. An extensive list of offerings is available at Student Resources website.


MIT’s intramural and club athletic programs are open football, golf, hockey, ice skating, judo, karate, rugby, sailing, rowing, softball, squash, swimming, tennis, table-tennis, track, volleyball, water polo, weight lifting, white-water canoeing, and wrestling.  For further information, visit the Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation (DAPER) website at, or the Club Sports website at, or the Intramurals website at

Association of Student Activities (ASA)

The Association of Student Activities (ASA) oversees student group activity and is the governing body of students groups on the MIT campus. For more information, visit the ASA website at


A variety of offices support graduate student families at MIT. See this helpful Guide for Students with Children.

Graduate Student Council (GSC)

The Graduate Student Council (GSC) is an elected body whose membership includes graduate student representatives of all departments, graduate living groups, and international students. The GSC is concerned primarily with promoting the general welfare of graduate students and providing a forum for their ideas and suggestions. It encourages social, athletic, cultural, and other extracurricular activities, fostering closer relations between graduate students and faculty, both inside and beyond formal academic contexts. The GSC has two student representatives on the Committee on Graduate Programs, the faculty body responsible to the administration of the Graduate School, and it also selects graduate student representatives for many other MIT committees.  For more information visit

Independent Activities Period (IAP)

The Independent Activities Period (IAP) is a special four-week term at MIT that runs during the month of January. During IAP, students are encouraged to set their own educational agendas, pursue independent projects, meet with faculty, or pursue many other options not possible during the semester. For further information, visit IAP at

Institute Community and Equity Office (ICEO)

Through the Institute Community and Equity Office (ICEO), MIT has championed efforts to enhance the student experience. The mission of the ICEO is to advance a respectful and caring community that embraces diversity and empowers everyone to learn and do their best at MIT. For further information, visit ICEO at

International Students Office (ISO)

The International Students Office (ISO) assists students in maintaining their legal status in the United States, provides support for their dependents, and promotes interaction with and integration into the MIT community at large. For further information visit

Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender, Queer + (LBGTQ@MIT)

MIT and its surrounding communities offer a broad spectrum of services, activities, and resources for lesbian, bisexual, gay, trans* (LBGT), questioning, and supportive individuals. For further information, visit the LGBTQ@MIT website at

Office of Graduate Education (OGE)

The Office of Graduate Education sponsors many opportunities for community involvement, often in collaboration with other Institute organizations. For more information about community building opportunities within the OGE please visit

Spiritual Support and Religious Life

The Chaplain to the Institute and the Board of Chaplains at MIT all provide spiritual and personal support to students, faculty, staff and the MIT community. For further information please visit

Student Activities

Graduate students at MIT find a community with wide extracurricular interests and many opportunities to enjoy them. More than 100 student-directed activities are supported by excellent facilities and a capable staff to help students acquire new skills and participate actively in campus life. MIT offers a rich program of lectures, music, drama, athletics, and clubs, augmented by the abundant cultural activities found throughout Boston and Cambridge. For more information, visit the Division of Student Life website at

Visual Arts, Music, and Dance

All of the many art, drama, music, and religious activities welcome graduate students as active participants. For further information, visit Arts at MIT at or Music and Theater Arts at