By the numbers: Back-to-School 2017
September 19, 2017
Phil Johnson
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IS&T staff members helping students at Computing @ MIT event. Photo: Phil Johnson

Earlier this month, another school year officialy began at MIT with the start of the fall semester. In the weeks leading up to the 2017-2018 academic year, Information Systems and Technology (IS&T), along with the rest of the Institute, worked hard to welcome students back to campus and make their return (or arrival) as smooth as possible.

Since MIT is a place that's all about numbers, here are some figures that capture IS&T's back-to-school efforts:


The number of IS&T-branded fidget spinners we bought to hand out to students during back-to-school events. Kids love the fidget spinners!


The number of stickers with IS&T's snapcode and other social media handles to be included in swag bags and handed out at back-to-school events. MIT students should follow us to make sure they get important news and information about IT at the ‘tute.

IS&T social media stickers!


The number of IS&T t-shirts printed for staff members to wear at back-to-school events (with apologies to the late, great Charles Schulz).

Free IT help!

IS&T staffers in matching t-shirts


The number of IS&T swag bags handed out at to new students at the Academic Expo on August 29.


The number of minutes it took to hand out 510 swag bags at the Academic Expo on August 29.


The number of secure computing tips shared on a handout provided to students at back-to-school events.

Secure Computing Tips


The dollar value of the Amazon gift card/the value of the TechCash/the number of Roku Streaming Sticks given out in IS&T’s back-to-school raffle.


The number of MIT students who entered/the number of MIT students who won prizes in IS&T’s back-to-school raffle.


The percentage of the class of MIT 2021 who entered IS&T’s back-to-school raffle.


The number of informational areas at IS&T's Computing @ MIT event in the Z-Center on Registration Day, September 5. Each area visited resulted in another raffle entry!

Computing @ MIT checklist


The number of students who attended Computing @ MIT and visited at least one informational area - and got a sticker for their checklist (i.e., another raffle entry)!



The number of laptops and tablets tagged with STOP security tags, which help to deter thieves, during Computing @ MIT.


The number of dollars per hour IS&T let students know we will pay them to work with us as BeaverTechs.

Now hiring MIT students!


Snapchat geofilter created just for use in W35 during Computing @ MIT to earn extra raffle entries, which was also printed out for non-Snapchat users to have fun with.


The number of donuts/pizzas eaten by IS&T staffers at Computing @ MIT event. Hey, we like to eat! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯



Thanks to all who took part in IS&T's back-to-school fun! We're already counting down the days until the MIT2022ers arrive on campus.