The Standard


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. Check out The Standard featured in MIT News in April 2023!

The Standard: Cohort 6 application is now closed. Applications for cohort 7 will open in August of 2023. 

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.

Questions? Email us: thestandard [at]


Cohort 6 (Class of 2026)


Cohort 5 (Class of 2025) with staff in back row. 


Cohort 3 (Class of 2023)

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

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

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

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

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