MIT Admissions

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Transfer Applicants

Required Documents


We require three evaluations from college instructors—please give them to your instructors early! We will hold on to any materials sent to us before your application is submitted. One evaluation should be from a math or science instructor, and the other two should be from any instructors who know you well. We find that the best recommendations are written by professors who know an applicant well as both a student and a person.

You are also welcome (but not required) to submit two supplemental letters of recommendation from high school teachers, employers, etc.


High School Transcript
Please have your high school transcript/secondary school records sent directly to MIT. If you went to high school in another country and cannot have your transcripts sent by the school, you may include a copy of your grades with your application.

College Transcript
We require an official transcript from each college attended. Please have all transcripts sent directly to MIT. Admissions decisions will be based on your coursework completed to date. If you are admitted, you will need to submit a final transcript when your most recent grades become available.

Standardized Tests

Standardized tests are required for any transfer application to MIT, regardless of how many years of college you have completed.

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.

Testing Requirements

Standardized Test Requirements

All applicants must complete one test from each category
SAT/ACT/TOEFL Math SAT Subject Test Science SAT Subject Test
SAT (old or new) Math Level 1 Biology
ACT Math Level 2 Chemistry
TOEFL   Physics

For Native English Speakers:
You must take the SAT or ACT and two SAT Subject Tests, one in math (level 1 or level 2) and one in science (physics, chemistry, or biology e/m). We do not have a preference as to which science you take or which level math you take.

For Non-native English Speakers:
You have two options: you may take the tests required of native English speakers, or you may take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and two SAT Subject Tests, one in math (level 1 or level 2) and one in science (physics, chemistry, or biology e/m).

If you have been using English for less than 5 years or do not speak English at home and school, we strongly suggest that you take the TOEFL.

Testing Deadlines and Score Requirements

Applicants must complete all required tests by early November for spring entrance, and by the end of December for fall entrance. You can get more information and register for the SAT tests online at the CollegeBoard website, for the ACT on their website, and for the TOEFL at the ETS website.

While there is no required minimum score on the SAT exams, competitive transfer applicants have a 700 or above on each SAT II exam. Competitive SAT I scores are 650 or above on the Reasoning Test Critical Reading and 700 or above Reasoning Test Math.

However, we do have minimum and recommended scores for the TOEFL. These minimums are in place to ensure your level of English proficiency. Because MIT offers no English as a Second Language (ESL) programs, and English is the language of MIT, all students must show that they will thrive in our community.

For the TOEFL Internet Based Test (iBT), the minimum composite score is a 90. We recommend scores of at least 23 for each section, and a composite score of at least 100. Similarly, for the TOEFL revised Paper-Delivered Test (rPDT), we recommend scores of at least 23 for each section. If you have taken the TOEFL Paper Based Test (PBT) prior to June 2017, the minimum composite score is a 577, with a recommended composite score of at least 600.