The Admissions office and the entire MIT community welcomed 1045 prefrosh and about 900 parents for Campus Preview Weekend (CPW) on Thursday, April 10 through Sunday, April 13. Volunteers from all over campus came together to welcome the newly admitted students and their families early Thursday morning on the second floor of the student center.
“This year, we wanted to build on the icebreaker idea we tried with prefrosh at last year’s CPW, so we planned 20-minute orientation sessions and gathered students into small groups right after check-in,” said Katie Kelley, assistant director of admissions and CPW coordinator.
Some students arrived on Thursday morning to take advantage of the over 650 events planned for them over the weekend, while others checked in later in the weekend to sample the campus just for the day or an overnight. As soon as students arrived at the desk, they received a neck wallet to house their key cards and other information and were directed to another room to meet with their fellow admitted students and admissions officers. “We thought the orientation would help to facilitate the check-in process, and give us time to explain the program guide, the weekend ahead, and have some fun with the kids. And it did. It was magical,” said Kelley.