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First-year applicants: Getting started

Application deadlines

Your application must be submitted by November 1 if you’re applying Early Action, or January 5 if you’re applying Regular Action. There is no strategic benefit to applying during either action cycle. Just do what works for you!

Application fee or waiver

Our application fee is $75. However, we understand that paying college application fees presents a hardship for some families. Fee waivers are available for both domestic and international applicants, and you can request one in the Fee Waiver Request section of the application. MIT practices need-blind admissions, so requesting a fee waiver will not have any negative impact on your chances of admission.

Field of study

We’re asking about your preferred field of study because we’re curious about what interests you right now—not because we have any quotas. You won’t declare your major until the end of your first year at MIT—there’s a lot of time between now and then to explore, discover new things, and change your mind. What you share with us as your field of study will not impact your likelihood of being admitted.

Not sure what you want to study yet? Rest assured that approximately half of our students ultimately major in something entirely different from what they wrote on their application, so we couldn’t use this data to predict anything even if we wanted to. Moral of the story: neither writing “theoretical nuclear intergalactic business physics” nor “underwater basket weaving” will give you an edge in the admissions process, so just be honest!