Diep “yip” Luu, PhD

Associate Dean & Director, Undergraduate Advising Center

Photo: Diep Luu

Hometown: Los Angeles area but originally from Vietnam

Where did you attend undergrad? B.S. in Psychology with Mathematics (University of California, Davis) Grad school? M.A. in Higher Education & Student Affairs (University of Connecticut); PhD in Educational Policy and Leadership: Higher Education track, University of Massachusetts Amherst

What was your favorite experience as an undergrad? I studied abroad twice during the summer (Spain and Greece) and also served as a peer advising counselor to other first-gen and low-income students like myself!

What are your interests/hobbies? I love traveling and trying new foods/restaurants, the outdoors (hiking, kayaking, biking, jogging/walking outside, going to the beach, gardening), and stargazing.

What is your favorite thing about MIT? The amazing things faculty and students do everyday, it’s a paradise for nerds.

What advice do you have for MIT students? Don’t compare yourself to other students. Set your own standards and reach for your stars! Also, it’s normal to be unsure about your major or to change it. I changed my major from Astrophysics. Do what you love and do it well, and the money will come with it.

Fun fact? An interesting fact about me is that I didn’t learn English until I was eight years old. I resettled in the U.S. as a refugee.