Experimental Study Group

The Experimental Study Group (ESG) is the oldest of the four first-year learning communities at MIT, offering instruction in the core first-year subjects of biology, chemistry, math, and physics through small, discussion-based classes designed for first-year students who are interested in taking an active role in their education. 

ESG’s small class sizes enable students to interact more often with faculty and fellow students than is typical in larger classes and to experiment with novel ways of learning the material. Instruction takes place in a 14-room suite on the top floor of one of the central buildings on campus; 10 MIT staff and faculty members and 25 third-year and fourth-year teaching assistants serve as ESG’s instructors.  Academics are supplemented by a variety of community activities, including weekly luncheons, evening study sessions, and weekend trips.

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