New MIT Welcome Center to open Sept. 7

In-person tours and information sessions to resume this fall

MIT will open its new welcome center Sept. 7. The center will be located in Kendall Square on the first floor of Building E38 of Site 4.

The MIT Welcome Center is a gift of Tina and Hamid Moghadam (SB 1977, SM 1978) and will serve as a place for visitors to attend information sessions, take campus tours, and receive maps and guidance about visiting.

Director of Communications of the Office of the Executive Vice President and Treasurer Jennifer Burke wrote in an email to The Tech that MIT will begin holding in-person campus tours and information sessions “later in September” while also continuing to hold online admission information sessions. 

Burke wrote that the welcome center will be the first time that MIT provides “a dedicated space to welcome prospective students and their families.”

The center has a 200-seat auditorium where information sessions for prospective students will take place and where campus tours will begin.

Burke added that the welcome center will “broadly support the needs of both visitors and Cambridge community members for wayfinding and informational services about the campus and the local area.”

The new center is near the inbound Kendall/MIT MBTA stop.

Design of E38, where the welcome center is located, took place from 2015 to 2017, “following a period of exploration and community engagement,” Burke wrote. Construction of the building began in 2017 and ended in 2020.

Inside, visitors will find a range of visual elements that showcase the Institute’s collaborative, eclectic, and lively culture, including an installation by MIT’s Borderline artists, inspired by the phrase, “Here at MIT...”.