Transfer Frequently Asked Questions
I have been attending college during high school. Should I apply as a transfer?
The transfer process is intended for students who have finished high school and completed at least one year of college. If you are still in high school, you are considered a freshman applicant regardless of how many classes you may have taken at the university level.
I’m in my freshman year of college. Can I apply as a transfer student even though I’ve only completed one term so far?
Yes. Because you finished high school and will complete two terms of college by the time you enter MIT in the fall, you are eligible to apply as a transfer applicant. You are not eligible to apply as a freshman.
I have completed more than 2.5 years of college. Am I still eligible to apply?
Unfortunately, no. We do not admit students who will complete more than 2.5 years of college by the time they enter MIT. We encourage you to complete your undergraduate degree at your current institution and apply to MIT for graduate school.
I already have a bachelor’s degree from another institution. Can I apply as a transfer student?
No. MIT does not award second bachelor’s degrees. We encourage you to apply to MIT as a graduate student.
I never took the SAT I and II exams in high school. Am I still required to take these exams even though I’m in college?
Yes. We require these exams of all undergraduate applicants. Please visit the Collegeboard or ETS websites to register for the appropriate exams.
The SAT exams aren’t available in my country. Can this requirement be waived?
Unfortunately, we cannot waive the testing requirements. Students from countries where the SAT is not offered (such as Iran and the People's Republic of China) will be considered without a full set of required test scores on a case-by-case basis.
Will my application be reviewed if I have not completed all the recommended course work?
Yes. However, at the very least, you should have one year of calculus (or higher level of math, whichever meets your ability level) and calculus-based physics. It is rare that an applicant is admitted without calculus and physics at the college level. Depending on your major, you may have covered more ground in one science discipline or another, or you may have more engineering than science courses. Fortunately, each decision is made on a case-by-case basis and depends on your course of study and institutional offerings.
I have placed out of several of the recommended courses due to Advanced Placement credit. Do I still need to take these courses even though my current college did not require me to do so?
Yes. MIT prefers that students take these subjects (calculus, physics, chemistry, and biology) at the college level. Remember that you can always place higher within each discipline depending on your abilities.
Are there other classes I should take beyond the recommended coursework?
While we can’t recommend specific classes, you may want to compare the courses offered at your institution to MIT's by referring to the MIT Bulletin (Course and Degree Catalog). You will find descriptions of MIT's academic programs and General Institute Requirements (GIRs) here. If you know what you would like to major in, you may also want to take a look at the courses offered in each department. You may receive credit for subjects of study that are substantially equivalent to corresponding MIT subjects.
Do you offer housing to transfer students?
Transfer students are guaranteed on-campus housing. More information about undergraduate housing options is available on the MIT Admissions Wiki.
What college should I attend?
We cannot recommend a specific college that will guarantee your admission to MIT as a transfer student. Our applicants come from all over the world and from many different educational backgrounds. You should choose a college that will offer rigorous academic coursework, but, more importantly, that will also provide academic and extracurricular opportunities in your areas of interest. In other words, you should choose a college that will be a good fit for you.