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 and remain with the program until graduation.

The Standard: Cohort 3 application is open until September 13, 2019 (final deadline)!

The Early Deadline is August 2, 2019 at 11:59pm!

Apply here!


Benefits of joining The Standard:

  • Access to alumni mentors
  • Access to financial resources to help with costs of professional development (conferences, etc.) and graduate school preparation (application fees, GRE registration fee, etc.).
  • Access to workshops and guest lectures on relevant topics including general professional development, masculinity and intersectional identities, life skills, and financial literacy.
  • Access to social outings, retreats, dinners, and fun events.


Responsibilities of The Standard cohort include:

  • Interest and participation in creating a diverse community built on foundations of shared respect, openness, and brotherhood.
  • Remaining in the program until graduation.
  • Attend workshops, lectures, and social events.
  • Remain in contact with program staff and attend required check-in meetings.
  • Maintenance of a competitive GPA and evidence of academic progression.


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The Standard's 2019 Retreat (Sponsored by Chevron)



Cohort 2 (Class of 2022). Photo by Iaritza Menjivar.



Cohort 1 (Class of 2021). Photo by Christian Cardozo-Aviles.

Generous funding for The Standard provided by