Frequently Asked Questions


How are ESG classes taught?

Students play a proactive role in all of their ESG classes through methods such as peer-review sessions and oral presentations.  Math and science subjects are taught through small groups of 5 to10 students led by a single instructor and accompanied by regular problem solving sessions run by student teaching assistants.  Humanities subjects and undergraduate seminars (6 to 15 students) are run through discussion-based classes with plenty of opportunity for student input.  We also encourage our students to delve further into areas of particular interest to them and to consider new ways of learning the material.


What does a typical ESG schedule look like?

Almost all of our students take their core science and math subjects in ESG during their first term at MIT.  Many students also take a HASS or HASS-D subject in ESG.  However, you are free to take whatever classes you wish.  One advantage of being in ESG is the flexibility you will have in organizing your schedule to fit your needs.


Can a student take subjects outside of ESG?

You can choose to take all of your subjects in ESG or you can elect to take one or two subjects in the regular curriculum which may or may not be offered in ESG.  The only requirement is that you take at least half of your subjects in ESG.


Do ESG subjects cover the same material as subjects in the regular curriculum?

Your transcript will reflect exactly the same kind of credit that students receive taking courses in the regular curriculum.  However, students can move more quickly through material with which they are already familiar and spend extra time on topics they find interesting or challenging.


Do students feel isolated from the rest of MIT if they join ESG?

Since ESG students live with students from the regular curriculum and may be taking a class or two in the mainstream, ESGers generally don’t feel cut off from the rest of MIT.  Our students believe that they have the best of both worlds: an informal community where they can really get to know instructors and fellow students and receive personal attention, as well as access to all the resources that MIT has to offer.