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First-year applicants: Deadlines & requirements

The Application

We are accepting applications for September 2021 entry—this is where you start!

Deadlines

Early Action (EA)

Deadline Application Component
November 1 All individual application components—general information, essays, activities, academics, etc.
November 1 Two letters of recommendation—one from a math or science teacher and one from a humanities, social science, or language teacher
November 1 Secondary School Report (SSR), including high school transcript
February 15 February Updates & Notes Form (including midyear grades)

*We have suspended our usual SAT/ACT testing requirement for the 2020–21 application cycle due to the pandemic. We strongly recommend English proficiency tests for certain non-native English speakers who plan to apply.

Regular Action (RA)

Deadline Application Component
January 1 All individual application components—general information, essays, activities, academics, etc.
January 1 Two letters of recommendation—one from a math or science teacher and one from a humanities, social science, or language teacher
January 1 Secondary School Report (SSR), including high school transcript
February 15 February Updates & Notes Form (including midyear grades)

*We have suspended our usual SAT/ACT testing requirement for the 2020–21 application cycle due to the pandemic. We strongly recommend English proficiency tests for certain non-native English speakers who plan to apply.

Supplemental materials

Our admissions process is designed to be completed online. Note that all materials that are not already electronic are scanned and uploaded; we cannot process non-scannable materials such as CDs, DVDs, books, slides, certificate binders, or newspaper clippings.

If there are other pieces of scannable information that you feel would add depth to your application, you can email them or fax them to 617.687.9184. Be sure to include your name, date of birth, and application reference number, which is located on the right-hand side of the application portal.

If you must mail materials to MIT, please use this address:

MIT Undergraduate Admissions Processing Center
P.O. Box 404
Southampton, PA 18966

Other dates & deadlines

  • All students who are applying for financial aid should submit materials by February 15 (see Financial aid deadlines)
  • Early Action applicants will receive an admissions decision in mid-December
  • Regular Action students will receive an admissions decision in mid-March
  • Admitted students must inform MIT of their enrollment decision by May 1