MIT Admissions

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Transfer Applicants

Transfer Application

The following components should be submitted online:

  • 2018 Transfer Application: The application for spring (February) entry is due November 15. The application for fall (September) entry is due March 15. (If you are a citizen of a foreign country, you may apply for fall entry only.)
  • Three letters of recommendation: One from a math or science professor and two from any professors who know you well.
  • Application fee of $75. If paying the fee presents a hardship for you and your family, you may request a fee waiver.

The remaining documents should be mailed directly to MIT:

  • Official college transcript(s) in a sealed envelope. If you are admitted, a final transcript covering subjects subsequently taken should be sent as soon as it is available. If you attended more than one college or university, you would need to send in transcripts from each college attended.
  • High school transcript/secondary school record in a sealed envelope.

Mail documents to:
MIT Processing Center
P.O. Box 9222
Watertown, MA 02471

Materials may also be faxed to 617-687-9174.

Essays, Activities & Tests Form


The required essays consist of three short-answer response questions (250-word limit). Remember that your essays are not a writing test. They’re the place in the application where we look for your voice—who you are, what drives you, what's important to you, what makes you tick. Be honest, be open, be real—connect with us. That's all that matters.


Please use our form, not a resume, to list your activities. There is only enough space in this section to list a few things, so please choose the activities that mean the most to you and tell us a bit about them. This will tell us more about you than any "laundry list" of everything you've ever done.

Standardized Tests

Testing requirements are listed on the Required Documents tab. Students should report all sittings of the SAT, ACT, TOEFL, and SAT II Subject Tests on the transfer application. Official score reports for these exams are not required unless a student is admitted, and chooses to enroll.

If a student takes the same test multiple times, we will consider the highest score achieved in each section. This superscoring also applies to students who submit scores from both the "old" and "new" SAT. We do this in order to consider all applicants in their best light.

Please note that our office will verify scores for all enrolling students. Any discrepancies between official and self-reported scores may affect a student’s offer of admission.

Financial Aid

Transfer students may apply for financial aid and are given the same financial aid consideration as all undergraduate students. You can find out more about the financial aid process here.