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  • Seventy-five Orientation Leaders welcomed 1,129 new students, the largest incoming class to date, to MIT on Saturday, August 27th. With the theme of Techcraft and Hackery, a parody on the popular Harry Potter film series, Orientation 2011 was filled with exciting events like a magical kick-off, show produced by Orientation Coordinators Jesse Triplett and Shelly Jin, and the Tri-Wizard Challenge, which involved a campus scavenger hunt to help students orient themselves to their new home.Students became educated as well on healthy behaviors and campus resources through programs such as Tech Theater, Sex Signals, and Diversity, which addressed important issues like alcohol use, sexual violence, and respecting differences.

  • Members of the class of 2015This past April, when many accomplished high school seniors were pleasantly surprised to find themselves with multiple college acceptances, Tessa Green faced a different choice: whether to attend college at all.Having been offered the much-publicized Thiel Fellowship — an opportunity for young entrepreneurs to forgo college in exchange for $100,000 and mentorship on developing a business idea, established by PayPal founde

  • As the MIT campus says goodbye to its recent graduates, the Office of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming (UAAP) has been busy this spring planning Orientation for the Class of 2011. In addition to a variety of academic and residential events and programming, students will be seeing three very important presentations covering a variety of topics that are important to their transition into the MIT community.

  • What is it like being a freshman at MIT? To learn from the source, see the new short film "Defroshing 2010", which since its release has been the most popular video on MIT TechTV (titled after the informal term for "the process in which various people help freshmen adjust to MIT") was created by several students from Class of 2010.

  • The 78 students who will serve as this summer’s Orientation Leaders have been selected and have already started working to welcome the MIT Class of 2021. Many of the Orientation Leaders volunteered at Campus Preview Weekend, helping pre-frosh with luggage check-in, serving as hosts, and assisting with small group icebreakers at the student welcome event.