Programs & Services

The Standard

The Standard is a program designed to holistically support the academic, personal, and professional success of MIT's undergraduate men of color. First-year students apply in the spring semester and remain with the program until graduation.

The Standard: Cohort 1 application is closed!

Benefits of joining The Standard:

  • Access to mentors, including upper-level MIT students and local alumni
  • Financial subsidies to help with costs of professional development (conferences, etc.) and graduate school preparation (application fees, GRE registration fees, etc.)
  • Workshops and guest lectures on relevant topics, including professional development, life skills, and financial literacy
  • Social outings, dinners, fun events


Responsibilities of The Standard cohort include:

  • Interest and participation in creating a diverse community built on foundations of respect and openness
  • Maintenance of a competitive GPA and evidence of academic progression
  • Remaining in the program until graduation
  • Attend workshops, lectures, etc.
  • Remain in contact with program staff


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Generous funding provided by the MIT MindHandHeart Innovation Fund