After 16 years as heads of house, McCants to step down from Burton Conner

January 25, 2018

Undergraduate, Housing, Work for DSL, Dean for Student Life

2017 MIT SQL

MIT Students Invited to Participate in 2017 Student Quality of Life Survey

March 01, 2017

Survey designed with input from students, faculty, and staff; gives enrolled students opportunity to express opinions about MIT experience.
Vice President and Dean for Student Life Suzy Nelson has invited all enrolled undergraduate and graduate students to share their thoughts on the MIT student experience by participating in the 2017 Student Quality of Life (SQL) survey.

Undergraduate, Dean for Student Life, Graduate

Suzy Nelson

Three Questions with Suzy Nelson

February 09, 2017

Suzy Nelson started as MIT’s vice president and dean for student life on July 1, 2016. She came to the Institute after a national search and brings broad experience from managing student affairs and residential life at Colgate University, Harvard University, and Cornell University to the role. During her first semester at the Institute, Nelson worked with students, faculty, and staff to invigorate the Division of Student Life’s mission and goals, and is leading major projects related to residence hall development and renovation, student support, and diversity and inclusion.

Wellness and Support, Student Groups, Student Governance, Housing, Dean for Student Life, Dining, FSILG


Architectural Principles committee completes work on guidance for future dorms

October 18, 2016

As work on west campus residential planning continues, a committee of students, faculty, and staff formed by Vice President and Dean for Student Life Suzy Nelson rele

Undergraduate, Housing, VP for Student Life, Dean for Student Life


Terenzini’s Guide on Dealing Students the Best Hand

April 04, 2016

“If you’re gonna play the game, boy, you gotta learn to play it right,” said Professor Terenzini. Referencing the singer Kenny Rogers, Terenzini hoped this statement would invoke thought into how to approach educating current college students.

Dean for Student Life

DSLx Life Learning

Division of Student Life launching online education initiative

September 15, 2015

MIT’s investment in online education is transforming how the Institute teaches and how students learn. Now the Division of Student Life (DSL) is preparing to join the online learning revolution, thanks to the support of two alumni.

Online Learning, Dean for Student Life

MIT's Sailing Pavilion, overlooking the Boston skyline.

The Tech of Sports: The Pure Love of Dirty Water

September 14, 2015

While coasting in a boat in the middle of the Charles River, it is easy to see the appeal of escaping the demands of MIT to sail between the cityscapes of Boston and Cambridge.

About DSL, Athletics

Lee Finnegan accepts an Infinite Mile Award from Chris Colombo, dean of student life.

Staff of DSL Celebrate "Going the Extra Mile"

May 28, 2015

May 26 marked the annual Division of Student Life Infinite Mile Awards.

About DSL, Culture & Tradition, Work for DSL