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Please note:

MIT and the admissions office will be closed November 24–25 for Thanksgiving break, and will open on November 28.

First-year applicants: Deadlines & requirements

The Application

The first-year application is available in the MIT application portal.

We ask that you use one email for all activities related to your application, including communication with us and registering for standardized tests. And please make sure that it’s an email you’ll have access to through next summer.

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
November testing date Standardized tests: SAT or ACT. We strongly recommend English proficiency exams for certain non-native English speakers who plan to apply.
Mid-February February Updates & Notes Form (including midyear grades)

Regular Action (RA)

Deadline Application Component
January 5 All individual application components—general information, essays, activities, academics, etc.
January 5 Two letters of recommendation—one from a math or science teacher and one from a humanities, social science, or language teacher
January 5 Secondary School Report (SSR), including high school transcript
December testing date Standardized tests: SAT or ACT. We strongly recommend English proficiency exams for certain non-native English speakers who plan to apply. (We will also accept English proficiency exams for Regular Action applicants through the January test dates.)
Mid-February February Updates & Notes Form (including midyear grades)

Note: We are extending our Regular Action deadline this cycle to January 5.

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:

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
77 Massachusetts Avenue, Room E38-200
Cambridge, MA 02139

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