What is the difference between Interphase EDGE and Interphase EDGEx?

Interphase EDGE requires scholars to be on campus for the full 8 weeks, fostering an immersive experience. Interphase EDGEx features a mostly online summer component, and scholars in EDGEx join the on-campus cohort in week 6 for the final 2 weeks, culminating in an enriching in-person experience. This structure offers a blend of online flexibility and on-campus engagement, providing a comprehensive learning experience.

Why was Interphase EDGEx created?

The number of students applying to the Interphase EDGE program has been increasing annually. However, the capacity to bring students to campus remains unchanged. Interphase EDGEx is the OME's initiative to accommodate as many students as possible within the Interphase program


How do I apply to Interphase EDGE/x?

The joint application will go live on Thursday, March 21st, 2024 at 12pm EDT

Who is eligible to apply to Interphase EDGE/x?

All admitted MIT incoming first-year students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible to apply, but only enrolled students may participate.


What do I have to submit to have a complete application?

 Your application is only considered complete when you have submitted your online Interphase EDGE/x application, including your personal statement, by Monday, April 22nd, 2024, at 12 pm EDT


If I have a question about the application process whom can I contact?

You may email interphase [at] mit.edu (interphase[at]mit[dot]edu). We will try to respond to all questions within 48 hours except for questions submitted on weekends or holidays.


What is the selection process?

You can submit an application as soon as the online application opens, but it will not be reviewed until after you have been admitted to MIT. After admission, we review your Interphase EDGE/x application alongside your MIT application. A diverse selection committee will then determine which applicants will become Interphase EDGE/x scholars.



What if my graduation date is after the start of the summer component of Interphase EDGE?

You are still strongly encouraged to apply, and we will make decisions on a case-by-case basis.


How will I be notified if I am selected or waitlisted for Interphase EDGE/x?

Notification will be sent to the email address provided on your application.


Do I have to commit to the entire two years?

Absolutely! We are actively seeking students who are committed to a two-year engagement with the program. Our academic year programming revolves around pillars such as academic success, community building, and professional development. We aim to enhance student engagement and further strengthen our Interphase Alumni network. Your engagement, as well as alumni pride in being an "Interphaser," is integral to the continued success and vitality of our program. We are particularly interested in scholars who embody and contribute to this spirit!


What happens if I am not selected as an Interphase EDGE/x scholar?

If you are not selected as an Interphase EDGE/x scholar, rest assured that you can still fully participate in the diverse range of programs offered by the OME and MIT. Our extensive offerings, including TSR^2, The Standard, Mentor Advocate Partnership, Master Your Future, Pathways to Graduate School, The CRWN, and Laureates & Leaders, are tailored to support your professional and academic goals. We encourage you to explore and engage in these valuable programs to enhance your overall experience at MIT.



When does the Interphase EDGE/x program officially end?

The Interphase EDGE/x program officially concludes at the end of the spring semester of your sophomore year. In May of your sophomore year, we will host a graduation ceremony to formally recognize and celebrate your achievements and contributions to Interphase programming. This ceremony serves as a culmination of your two-year journey with the program.



Who will be my academic advisor(s)?

Your academic advisors will be the Interphase Administrative staff with whom you closely collaborate during the summer. The relationships you build over the summer will contribute to the strength of the advisor-advisee dynamic. Both Interphase EDGE and Interphase EDGEx scholars will experience a structured advising format, involving monthly one-on-one check-ins with your advisor for personalized academic guidance



What are the program dates for the summer part of Interphase EDGE/x 2024 Program?

The summer portion of the Interphase EDGE/x 2024 Program is set to run from Tuesday, June 18th, 2024, through Friday, August 9th, 2024. On August 9th, the transition to fall housing begins. Once scholars are settled into their fall dorms, many may opt to engage in a Pre-Orientation Program (FPOP) or choose to return home until the start of the Fall semester


When is the deadline to apply?

The application portal will close Monday, April 22nd, 2024 at 12pm EDT


When will decisions be made?

All applicants will receive notifications via the email provided on their application by Tuesday, May 21st, 2024, at 12 pm EDT


Once accepted, when do I need to notify your office of my decision to participate?

To secure your spot, you need to complete the Interphase EDGE/x Participant Confirmation webform by Friday, May 24th, at 12 pm EDT. If you do not respond by the deadline, you will forfeit your spot. In such cases, applicants on the waitlist will be considered for admission into the program. The finalization of the cohort will be completed by Friday, May 31st.


How many students generally participate in the program?

We anticipate an approximate total of 90 students for the program, with 70 on-campus scholars and 20 participating online



When do classes for Interphase EDGE/x Scholars begin?

Interphase EDGE/x classes kick off on Monday, June 24th, 2024. Before the start of classes, scholars must participate in a mandatory 3-day Interphase orientation, which encompasses sessions with the Office of the First Year (OFY) and the Career Advising and Professional Development (CAPD)


What types of classes will Interphase EDGE scholars be taking over the summer?

You'll experience the full academic rigor of MIT through courses in calculus, chemistry, physics, communication/writing, and physical education


What classes are offered to Interphase EDGEx Scholars?

Interphase EDGEx scholars will engage in physics and calculus classes, actively participating in weekly hands-on technical projects. Furthermore, each scholar will finalize a Communications Capstone Project by the end of the summer, facilitating a smoother transition into MIT. In a new offering this year, Interphase EDGEx scholars will have the opportunity to partake in asynchronous Physical Education courses!


Will Interphase EDGEx Scholars be given the opportunity to take their swim test before First Year Orientation?

For Interphase EDGE (on-campus) scholars, the swim test is scheduled at the start of the Interphase summer during their orientation week. In contrast, Interphase EDGEx (remote) scholars will have the opportunity to complete their swim test during their first week on campus (week 7).



Do I still have to take the Freshman Essay Evaluation (FEE)?

Yes. Interphase EDGE/x scholars will be extremely busy with their summer curriculum and should plan to take the first FEE exam. Read more information about the FEE.


Do I have to pay for the summer component of Interphase EDGE/x?

No, you do not have to pay for the summer component of Interphase EDGE/x. However, it is recommended to bring money for personal and incidental items, such as bedding, towels, and personal care items for your dorm room


What happens to my student summer earnings expectation in my financial aid package during the summer component of Interphase EDGE/x?

During the summer component of Interphase EDGE/x:

  • First Summer:
    • Your student summer earnings expectation is fully waived for the required residential/on-campus component.
  • Second Summer:
    • There is no required residential/on-campus component, but if you meet the program requirements, half of your summer earnings expectation will be waived.

For personalized information about this waiver and specific details, please reach out to MIT’s Student Financial Services.


When will Interphase EDGEx Scholars be brought to campus?

Interphase EDGEx scholars will be brought to campus for two weeks, specifically during week 7 and week 8, preceding the conclusion of the summer programming. During this time, activities will be organized to facilitate the holistic integration of both remote scholars and on-campus cohorts


Can I plan to arrive early if I am admitted into the on campus cohort?

We do not generally allow early arrivals, however these are generally dealt with on a case by case bases. Please contact interphase [at] mit.edu for more information.


Will there be transportation?

Yes, transportation is provided on arrival day only, starting as early as 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., from Logan Airport (BOS). If your arrival is after 4 p.m., you may need to make your own arrangements for transportation to campus. The MBTA train from the airport to MIT costs $2.75, and a taxi ride typically ranges between $30 and $35. Further details will be provided as the arrival date approaches.


I will not be able to get to campus by arrival day (because my family is out of town, etc.). Can I arrive late?

Late arrivals are generally not allowed, considering the importance of the events and activities during the first week of the summer programming. If you have concerns or questions about your specific circumstances, please email interphase [at] mit.edu (interphase[at]mit[dot]edu) for further assistance



Can I select my roommate for the summer program?

No. Your roommate will be selected for you.


While I am on campus during the summer, can I have visitors during the summer program?

No, the academic demands and scheduled social activities within the program are likely to occupy much of your time, leaving limited opportunities for socializing outside of the program



While I am on campus during the summer, am I allowed to go home during the summer program once I arrive on campus?

No, the summer program is demanding, and, unless there are rare or pre-arranged exceptions, you will not be permitted to go home. However, after moving into your fall dorm on Friday, August 9th, you are welcome to return home.