Community Life

Freshman year can be stressful and disorientating for everyone. How will the ESG community help with the transition to a new academic environment? Will this be a place to return to even after freshman year?

The ESG Community is a diverse mixture of students, staff and alumni.  Each year, 50 ESG freshmen enroll in the program as the main source for their GIR curriculum. Many upperclassmen return to ESG each year to serve in various capacities, including associate advising for freshman, grading and TAing for classes, and running seminars.  A deeply committed teaching staff is drawn from MIT's Departments of Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, and the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.  Many staff members participate in freshman advising, as well as some of the social activities provided through the program. 

ESG boasts a passionate and active alumni base.  Alumni keep their ties with ESG through teaching and mentoring of freshman, and through regular participation on the ESG Alumni Steering Committee.  Alumni offer critical financial support to ESG as well, funding the majority of the ESG seminar series.

Our facilities foster an open and relaxed environment for community members to lean and socialize.  Our student lounge is a good place to teach, study, have late-night discussions, play with the giant magnet (watch your credit cards!), or relax in the hammock. Many community members also enjoy painting murals, organizing sleepovers and movie marathons, swinging on the pipes, and napping on the couches between classes. Every Friday during the term, ESGers gather for a community luncheon, prepared in the ESG kitchen by members of the community. Guest speakers regularly offer lunchtime presentations on subjects of general interest.