First-Year Experience Research Resources

This site has been developed as a resource for students in the 2018 spring subject: Designing the First Year at MIT. to give students a broad background on factors and practices that contribute to positive and effective first-year experiences. The Teaching + Learning Lab has compiled these resources in collaboration with: Institutional Research (IR), The Priscilla King Gray (PKG) Public Service Center, and Undergraduate Advising & Academic Programs (UAAP).

The site includes:

  • Information from the scholarly literature on the skills, beliefs and behaviors known to impact student success;
  • Evidence-based high-impact practices for the first year of college;
  • An environmental scan that includes information on notable and effective components of 1st year experiences at other institutions in the U.S. and throughout the world;
  • MIT-commissioned studies, reports and initiatives that address the first-year experience and undergraduate education @ MIT in general;
  • Data Resources related to the demographics, accomplishments, interests, and opinions of MIT students from sources across the Institute;
  • The MIT First-Year Calendar with current milestones and deadlines for first-year students.