If you have completed two or more terms with high academic standing at an accredited college, university, technical institute or community college you may apply to MIT for transfer. However, we cannot accept applications from students who at the time of entry to MIT will have finished less than one year or more than two and a half years of college. (A transfer student must be in residence at MIT for three terms matriculating as a full-time student to earn an MIT degree.) Click here for Frequently Asked Questions regarding eligibility.
Coursework and Test Requirements
We recommend that prospective transfer students take a variety of mathematics and science courses before applying. Take full advantage of your institution's offerings in these areas. This includes one year each of college-level calculus and calculus-based physics, and one semester each of biology and chemistry. If you received advanced placement from high school courses, then you should enroll at the appropriate level for each of the disciplines mentioned above.
Core graduation requirements for all majors at MIT are two semesters of college calculus and calculus-based physics, and one semester each of chemistry and biology. You can find out more about MIT’s General Institute Requirements in the MIT Bulletin (Course and Degree Catalogue).
There is no minimum required GPA, but competitive applicants generally have a GPA of 3.5 or above, and mostly "A"s in mathematics and science courses.
Testing must be completed by the November test date for spring (February) entry and by the December test date for fall (September) entry. These dates change each year and are set by the testing agency. Click here for specifics on our testing requirements.
Choose your activities because they really delight, intrigue and challenge you, not because you think they'll look impressive on your application. Go out of your way to find projects, research, activities, internships, and experiences that stimulate your creativity and leadership, that connect you with peers who bring out your best, that please you so much you don't mind the work involved. Some students find room for many activities; others prefer to concentrate on just a few. Either way, the test for any extracurricular should be whether it makes you happy—whether it feels right for you.
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.
If we admit you as a transfer student, you can expect to receive credit for subjects of study that are substantively equivalent to corresponding MIT subjects. If your academic record doesn't appear to merit credit in a certain subject, you may be allowed to demonstrate that you are entitled to such credit by passing an Advanced Standing Examination.
Academic credit is not assessed until after you are admitted to MIT, at which point it is evaluated by the relevant academic departments. If you would like to compare the courses offered at your institution to those offered at MIT, you can refer to the MIT Bulletin (Course and Degree Catalogue).
Transfer students typically lose at least one semester of course work. Most students enter MIT as sophomores, regardless of the amount of coursework they completed at their previous college(s).