‘Designing the Freshman Year’ course will pilot in spring

Students in course to advocate for changes to MIT to senior administrators

“Designing the First Year at MIT” is a new 12-unit course that will open to undergraduate and graduate students this spring. It will count as HASS-E credit and towards a design minor.

The course was created because “students are the best advocates for the change they want to see at MIT. And ultimately, we hope what we learn in the fall, and what comes out of the class, will serve to make MIT’s first year the best that MIT can offer to future students,” according to the Office of the Vice Chancellor Ian Waitz’s website.

The course is described as “design-intensive” and “team-based and project focused,” according to the website. It will culminate in a final project presentation to the senior administration. Enrolled students will tackle various issues regarding the first year experience, including GIRs and residence experience.

The course will be taught by experts from the fields of education, design, management, and project engineering. It will be advised by MIT faculty, including Waitz.

The course will be available for pre-registration tomorrow, Dec. 1.