Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How long will the current design remain?

The contract for the GradRat is a five year contract. Therefore the current design will be the Official MIT Graduate Ring from the Fall of 2013 till June 30th, 2018. The GradRat will be redesigned again during the summer of 2018.

What if my X changes? X = graduation year, major, degree

If any of your customizations change, you can have the ring updated once free of charge. Please check the warranties page for full details.

Wasn't there a grad ring already?

Yes. This is the third design of the ring. The old designs cannot be ordered anymore.

What's the symbol for my department? What does it mean?

We prepared a page that describes all the icons of the departments.

I don't like some symbols in the ring, what do I do?

The committee worked a lot to try to represent graduate life in hidden images within the Bezel of the ring. Not everybody may be thrilled with all the images, but we want to point out that they are a lot less obtrusive on the real ring than on the drawings in the brochure. Remember the ring is a lot smaller than the pictures in the website or the brochure, therefore all the hidden images are truly hidden unless you specifically point them out. The beaver is the only bezel feature you see at a casual glance; to really see any of the "hidden pictures", you need to be looking very closely, at which point they're humorous conversational features. You can review the size of the ring and its visible details in the sizes page.

When will I get my ring?

Manufacturing the ring takes approximately 8 weeks. Please check the ordering and delivery pages for full details on the ordering and delivery schedules.

What if I can't go to the delivery event?

Balfour representatives will be on campus after the delivery events and you can pick up your ring from them. If you are unable to come to such an event, your ring can be shipped directly to you for extra cost. For details, please refer to our delivery page.

Where can I order if I missed the representatives when they were at MIT?

The ring can be ordered at the GSC Office (50-220), over the phone, and online throughout the year. The ORDERING OPTIONS page gives full details.

Who can order a GradRat?

In order to be eligible to purchase the GradRat, you have to either currently be enrolled as an MIT graduate student or have graduated from an MIT graduate program (i.e. be a graduate alumn).