Michael Santoro

Assistant Dean, Advising & New Student Programming

What is your hometown? Medford, MA

What did you study in undergrad? Business Management & Marketing (Merrimack College) Grad school? Higher Education and Student Affairs (Salem State University)

What was your favorite experience as an undergrad? I entered college thinking I wanted to have a career building roller coasters as a mechanical engineer. However, the more I got involved in extracurriculars, like being an orientation leader and resident advisor, I fell in love with education. I met some of my best friends through my involvement, found a career I’m passionate about, and found my purpose! College was a very transformational experience for me and I hope that you feel this way too!

What are your interests/hobbies? I love working out (I’m a spin instructor), cooking and baking, going to the beach, traveling, and watching movies.

What is your favorite thing about MIT? The students! They are all so brilliant and gifted and I love working with them!

What advice do you have for MIT students? This is YOUR MIT experience! Get involved in what makes you happy and excited, try something new, and don’t doubt your abilities!

Fun fact? I have two cats named two black cats: Oliver and Penny.