MIT's Charm School runs for one afternoon during MIT's Independent Activities Period (IAP), a 4-week term in January/February that includes over 700 academic, quasi-academic, and non-academic subjects. In 2008, Charm School began to expand into IAP with new in-depth workshops.
The first Charm School took place during IAP 1993. Since then, its popularity has grown and the event has become a strong MIT tradition. Each year, students take Charm School seriously, although they have a good time while doing it. It has become a full-fledged community event with students, staff, and faculty participating together. Faculty often enjoy the event because it gives them an opportunity to interact with students in a different way than they do in the classroom.
The success of Charm School is due to many things: the energy and enthusiasm of the faculty, students, and administrators who participate, the festive atmosphere, and its humorous and irreverent tone.