Splash Info

Splash 2019 has ended. The below information is included for reference but does not pertain to Splash 2020.


All Splash students must be in grades 9 – 12 and must be at least 11 years old. There are no exceptions to this policy.

All students who attend Splash must have health insurance valid in Massachusetts. 

Special needs students are welcome at Splash! If your child will need special accommodations, please see here.

Students who may only attend part of Splash are welcome! Just sign up for classes during the times you'll be here.

The cost of Splash 2019 is $40, but generous financial aid is available!

Things to do in advance

  1. Register for Splash per the instructions when registration opens! All Splash students must register online in advance.

  2. Fill out the liability waiver form.

  3. The best time to apply for financial aid or pay with credit card is during the first-come-first-serve online class-changes period (after the lottery). However, you can still apply for financial aid or pay with cash/check at check-in during Splash.

  4. If you don't live locally, check out our Where to Stay page.

The Day of Splash!

Splash 2019 will take place from November 23 to 24, the weekend before Thanksgiving. Classes will be held from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Getting here

Unless absolutely necessary, do not drive: take the MBTA. Morning check-in is a twelve-minute walk from the Kendall/MIT stop on the red line and a one-minute walk from the MIT stop on the 1 bus route. Parents are not required to accompany students to Splash check-in. (Students coming alone must be extra sure to bring a liability form).

This year, there may be red line delays because of the MBTA's weekend closures. Please plan accordingly!

We are not able to reserve any parking space, so if you do drive, you will have to find parking space yourself.

Morning Check-in

Students may not attend their first class until they have checked in!

Check-in will begin in DuPont (bldg W31) at 8:30 a.m. Saturday; enter DuPont from the Massachusetts Avenue entrance.

Check-in will spend several minutes moving to Lobby 10 at around 11 a.m. on Saturday. Those who arrive on Sunday will check in at Lobby 10.

Students must present their liability form at morning check-in so they can receive their schedule. Students are also expected to pay the program fee by cash or check made out to "MIT ESP" unless they already received financial aid or paid by credit card online. If students intended to apply for financial aid but forgot, they may apply for aid at morning check-in.

Students who have not registered online for Splash will not be able to register at morning check-in.


The registration system will require that every student has a break so they can eat lunch (both days) and dinner (Saturday).

Students may purchase tickets to ESP-provided meals in Lobby 10 during the program, or on the student registration page during the first-come-first-served class changes period. Lunches cost $5 and dinner costs $10. Tickets are limited.

Lunch will be served 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Dinner will be served Saturday evening at 6 p.m. Each meal will have vegetarian and dairy-free options, but we may not be able to accommodate for other dietary restrictions.

MIT also has many food vendors on campus, especially in building W20.

Class Changes

Students may add and drop classes at in-person class changes, on the day of Splash. More information will be released about Class Changes in the future. Only students themselves may make changes to their schedule -- parents may not make changes for students.


Official Splash T-shirts will be available for $10 online during Step 4 of registration or in Lobby 10 during Splash. Limited quantities are available, so preorder early!

Walk-in activities

Walk-in activities will take place throughout most of Splash in Lobby 13.

Parents' Program

Parents' Program will also take place throughout most of Splash. See the linked page for more details!

Last modified on Aug. 19, 2020 at 08:38 p.m.