Women's Technology Program
Housing and Dorm Life
WTP Tutors and Residential Assistants live on the floor with the WTP students and lead study sessions, dorm social activities and field trips. The WTP Instructors and Directors do not live in the dorm; the Directors are on call 24 hours a day to provide guidance and supervision.
Dorm life and informal learning are important parts of the WTP experience. On weekday
evenings students are expected to work on WTP homework and team projects,
with extra lab hours or group study sessions scheduled for after
dinner. There are also social activities in the dorm such as birthday parties, game nights,
movie nights, karaoke night, and just chatting and making friends. Students and staff
come from around the country, and WTP is a wonderful opportunity to
meet people from different places and backgrounds.
We regret that WTP students do not have access to the MIT athletic facilities (this is MIT policy because they are under age 18 and not enrolled as MIT students). WTP students can find other ways to get exercise: they often go running in groups around campus in the early morning, or play pickup games of frisbee or soccer on the lawns around the dorm. We also do quite a bit of walking on group outings.
Students are allowed to leave campus only if
accompanied by another WTP student or a staff member. We have a sign-out
board for them to indicate where, when, and with whom they are going
off campus. MIT is an urban campus, so on the first day of classes
there is a presentation by the MIT Police to give students advice about
safety. We expect students to behave in ways that will not endanger
themselves or others, to show maturity and respect, and and to follow
the safety recommendations of the WTP staff.
If a parent wishes to grant a special permission for the student to leave campus for a few hours on the weekend with family members or non-WTP friends, we ask that a parent phone our office in advance. The student should first check the WTP schedule to ensure that there are no mandatory WTP activities or field trips before arranging for such permission. These visits should happen rarely, and not during weeknights, because we expect students to focus 100% on the WTP academic experience to get the most out of the short time they are here.
If you are admitted to WTP, in April you will receive more detailed information about the program and about residential life.