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  • Three MIT nominees — seniors Elliot Akama-Garren and Anisha Gururaj, and alumnus Noam Angrist ’13 — are among the 32 American recipients selected this weekend as Rhodes Scholars. Each will pursue graduate studies next year at Oxford University.2014 MIT Rhodes Scholars

  • MIT’s transfer students form a special community that they identify with when they arrive on campus. While new transfer students participate in freshman orientation, many have told the UAAP staff, “Not being a freshman yet not really being an MIT upperclass student can be challenging. Where do we belong?” Of course, transfer students do belong to an academic department and the majority live in campus residence halls. Nevertheless, they enjoy the close-knit community that they have carved out at the Institute.

  • Each year, Global Education and Career Development conducts the Graduating Student Survey, which asks the graduating class to share their plans for the following year as well as details about their global experiences. As we review preliminary results, placement and starting salaries remain strong and global participation continues to increase. For 2014, 77% of undergraduates and 68% of master’s students participated in the survey.

    Immediate plans after graduation

    Graduating Seniors:

    • 60% plan to be employed full or part-time
    • 32% plan to pursue graduate or professional school
    • 3% plan to enroll in another educational program (e.g. postbaccalaureate premed programs),
    • 1% have won distinguished fellowships for graduate study
    • 4% have other plans, including travel

    Master’s graduates:

    • 82% plan to be employed full- or part-time
    • 12% plan to pursue graduate or professional school
    • 1% plan to enroll in another educational program
    • 6 % have other plans, including travel.


  • Each year, government agencies as well as several college guides collect data regarding student retention and graduation rates. These are, in some ways, a measure how good the fit is between an entering cohort and the college or university. The retention rate refers to the number of freshmen in a cohort who enroll in the fall of the following year. The six-year graduation rate refers to the number of students in the cohort who either graduate or who are accepted into MIT graduate school in six years or less.

    Retention Rates

  • As part of the eight-subject Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) Requirement, all undergraduates must complete a HASS Concentration that provides increased knowledge in a particular HASS field. Students select from 35 different concentrations, such as American Studies, Anthropology, Chinese, or Economics, and propose a 3- or 4- subject concentration. Concentration Advisors review and approve proposals and verify completion.

    Historically, students submitted paper HASS Concentration Proposal and Completion Forms to their Concentration Advisors for approval. Once approved, the students were required to manually distribute copies to several offices and the data was manually entered into the student’s record. This fall, MIT launched an online version of the HASS Concentration Form, simplifying this process for both students and Concentration Advisors...

  • MIT has been awarded two major grants from the Amgen Foundation. The first will provide hands-on laboratory experience to undergraduate students through the Amgen Scholars Program. This marks the ninth year that MIT will participate in the program, which aims to inspire the next generation of innovators by providing undergraduates with hands-on summer research opportunities at many of the world’s premier educational institutions. The second grant awarded to MIT will support the Amgen Scholars Global/U.S.

  • In May, we hosted the biennial visit of the DUE Visiting Committee (VC). The purpose of this external committee is to provide insight and guidance to the DUE leadership and the senior leadership at MIT.   In July, I shared a summary of the visit, which was focused on three key topics:

    • Enhancing students’ educational experiences in the freshman year
    • Admissions: a view into the selection process
    • DUE opportunities vis a vis recommendations of the Task Force on the Future of MIT Education

    Beyond the feedback the Committee shared during the visit, I received a report summarizing their observations and recommendations.  I wanted to share their key findings with you, which are as follows...

  • In October, the First Generation Program (FGP) hosted its annual Alumni Dinner, an opportunity for current first-generation students to meet and mingle with MIT alumni who were the first in their family to graduate from college. Seventeen alumni, including software engineers, technology consultants, physicians, and MIT professors, joined 36 current undergraduate students for a reception, at which alumni shared their experiences at MIT and discussed their professional paths.

  • UAAP’s Student Disability Services (SDS) offers a wide arrange of accommodations, services, and programming on campus aimed at supporting students with disabilities. In an effort to connect students with different organizations and resources they can use beyond MIT, SDS hosted Lime Connect on October 16. Lime Connect is a not-for-profit organization with the goal of breaking stereotypes and helping companies realize the importance—and value—of employing people with disabilities.

  • Several new staff joined DUE between Sept. 23, 2014 - Nov 6, 2014



    Lise Capet, Instructor

    Military Science

    Cara Salmon, Technical Instructor