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Mission & Values

Our mission

The Office of the Vice Chancellor advances academic innovation and fosters the growth of every MIT student, empowering them to make a positive impact at MIT and beyond.

Our values


We support the teaching, learning, academic success, personal growth, and well-being of the whole student and all students.


We strive to be transparent, respectful, honest, and accountable to ourselves and others; integrity fosters trust and trust builds the bonds of community.


We actively work to create a caring, compassionate, healthy, and safe environment that enables all community members to thrive.

Diversity and Inclusion

We build and maintain a community and culture that celebrates and values diverse backgrounds, identities, and perspectives.


We are committed to creative, flexible, and generous ways of building bridges, working together, and communicating openly.


We engage in creative risk-taking to build a more agile organization that in turn affects transformative change at the Institute, and in the world.

Our responsibilities

Administration and Operations / HQ (undergraduate and graduate)

OVC HQ provides foundational support to the OVC staff enabling them to fulfill the organization’s mission.

  • Human Resources
  • Finance
  • Communications
  • Desktop Support (shared with DSL)

Admissions (undergraduate)

The MIT Office of Admissions enrolls a talented and diverse undergraduate student body composed of some of the world’s most intelligent and creative individuals who are aligned with MIT’s mission to make a better world.

  • Recruitment
  • Selection
  • Tours

Career and Professional Development (undergraduate and graduate)

GECD guides all students as they explore and prepare for careers, global opportunities and health professions, with some services available for alumni and postdocs.

  • Careers, jobs, internships
  • Employer relations
  • PreHealth
  • Global education

Graduate Education (graduate)

The Office of Graduate Education supports, consults, and collaborates with graduate students, faculty, and other community members on the stewardship of policies and procedures; the promotion of student financial well-being; the enhancement of the graduate personal support network; and the cultivation of an inclusive and diverse community.

  • Graduate Policies and Procedures
  • Fellowships
  • Graduate and Special Admissions
  • Outreach
  • Diversity Initiatives
  • Graduate Student Life Grants
  • Graduate Student Community Fellows
  • Advising and Personal Support
  • Graduate Student Council (GSC)

International Students (undergraduate and graduate)

The ISO serves all incoming and currently enrolled international students at the Institute and assists students in maintaining their legal status in the United States, provides support for their dependents, and promotes interaction with and integration into the MIT community at large.

  • Orientation, advising, and support services
  • Education, programming, and outreach.
  • Immigration/visa regulations

Experiential Learning (undergraduate and graduate)

Self-selected, student focused learning communities that enable students to explore subjects that extend beyond the core Institute requirements, cultivating their curiosity, interests, and zeal.

Minority Education (undergraduate)

The Office of Minority Education promotes academic excellence, builds strong communities, and develops professional mindsets among students of underrepresented minority groups, with the ultimate goal of developing leaders in the academy, industry, and society.

  • Academic excellence
  • Professional development
  • Community building, advocacy, and networking

Registrar’s Office (undergraduate and graduate)

The Registrar’s Office fosters curricular innovation and educational community building; ensures the integrity of academic information; and develops and maintains a robust infrastructure that is responsive to the evolving needs of students, faculty, staff and alumni.

  • Curriculum and faculty support
  • Classrooms
  • Enrollment status
  • Catalog, schedules, and exams
  • Records and registration
  • Graduation, diplomas, transcripts, and certificates

Office of the First Year (undergraduate)

UAAP’s mission is to provide excellent services and programs to catalyze student exploration and access to opportunity, and promote the academic success and personal development of undergraduates. UAAP programs enrich and support undergraduate education at the Institute.

  • Orientation, first year and undergraduate advising
  • Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)
  • Committee on Academic Performance (CAP)
  • Distinguished Fellowships
  • Assistive Technology Information Center (ATIC)

Reserve Officer Training Corps Programs (undergraduate)

Student Financial Services (undergraduate and graduate)

Student Financial Services helps students and their families understand, choose, and obtain the resources necessary to finance their education, to ensure their success at MIT and beyond.

  • Financial Aid
  • Student Accounts

Teaching and Learning Laboratory (undergraduate and graduate)

T+LL serves the MIT community by providing guidance and training in best practices as well as deepening the Institute’s understanding of what leads to effective learning experiences, findings gathered from assessment and evaluation.

  • Assessment and Evaluation
  • Teaching and Learning