What you need to know

Peer connections are an important part of the educational culture at MIT, and more than 300 undergraduate and graduate students belong to the Institute’s community of veterans, service members, and military family members. Those who have already made the transition from military service to higher education can provide first-hand experience and advice on registration, academics, and benefits; help you establish a social network; and support you as you navigate the city and your new home at MIT.

To make the most of your peer network:

  • Take the initiative and get in touch with one or more of MIT’s student veteran groups.
  • Give yourself time to adjust and don’t hesitate to ask questions.
  • Trust that your military and leadership training has prepared you for this moment.
  • Take advantage of MIT’s family resources – for undergraduate and graduate students – including childcare, community building, grants, and another supportive services.
  • Military spouses and partners can join a ready-made community that promotes social, personal, and professional growth.
  • Reach out to SVS for assistance in making connections with peers and veteran groups both on and off campus.


We recognize that the transition from military service to higher education can be challenging for some, and those challenges are unique to each person and their family. The Division of Student Life (DSL) provides an accessible and respectful environment in which to receive the health and well-being services you need to be successful. Their expertise run the gamut from disability access and mental health services to one-on-one counseling, healthy living, personal and academic concerns, religious and inter-faith services, and much more.

Visit DSL's Wellness and Support page for details.