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First-year applicants: First-year eligibility

The first-year application is intended for students who have concluded01 Note that we do not formally require you to have graduated or earned a GED, though you may well choose to! their secondary education and wish to pursue a bachelor’s degree as a full-time university student. Students may apply during or after their final year of secondary education, but may not apply using the first-year application if they have already matriculated to another degree-granting institution.02 Exceptions may be granted to students in the southern hemisphere, on an alternate calendar, who begin their college education <em>while</em> undergoing our application process.

By contrast, the transfer application 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 first-year applicant regardless of how many classes you may have taken at the university level.

If you are ineligible for either first-year or transfer admissions, or simply prefer to seek other routes to and through MIT, you may consider exploring some of our options for continuing and professional education.

  1. Note that we do not formally require you to have graduated or earned a GED, though you may well choose to! back to text
  2. Exceptions may be granted to students in the southern hemisphere, on an alternate calendar, who begin their college education while undergoing our application process. back to text