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First-year applicants: Letters of recommendation

We require letters of recommendation from two teachers (one math/science, one humanities), plus materials from your school counselor (typically including your transcript, a school profile, and a letter of recommendation).

MIT’s recommendations process is online; you will need to create a separate recommendations account in addition to your MyMIT account.

(If you’re a teacher looking for guides on how to write good letters of recommendation, visit this page).

The online recommendations process

  1. Create an account. Visit ApplyWithUs and click on “Applicants” to register. (Please note your email and password, which you will need to access your recommendations account in the future.)
  2. Complete your Applicant Profile and select your decision plan. You will need your MIT Application ID number, which you can find on your MyMIT Dashboard. Once you complete your Applicant Profile, you will need to select the Decision Plan you applied for, either Early Action or Regular Action. Note that your decision plan selection on Part 1 of the MIT Application will be your official choice and any changes to your decision plan after submission of Part 1 will need to be communicated via email to [email protected].
  3. Go to the Evaluations section to request your recommendations. Click on the “Start New” button underneath the form you wish to request, complete the request form with your evaluator’s name and email address, and send the request. This generates an email to your evaluator with instructions on how to complete the form you requested. Your “Checklist” will update automatically as they complete your form.
  4. Check your Checklist, which updates in real time. After the Checklist shows an item as complete, it will also appear as complete in the MyMIT application tracking system once it has been processed (typically after a couple business days).

Recommendations: Whom to ask

MIT requires two letters of recommendation from teachers. One recommendation (Evaluation A) should be from a math or science teacher, and one (Evaluation B) should be from a humanities, social science, or language teacher.

You should certainly ask a teacher who has taught you in an academic class in high school. Ideally, this will also be a teacher who knows you as more than just a student who does well on all the tests. We find that the best recommendations are written by teachers who know an applicant well as both a student and a person.

Evaluation A potential subjects
  • Math
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Earth science
  • Environmental science
  • Computer science
  • Engineering
  • Technology
  • Science research (as a class)
Evaluation B potential subjects
  • English
  • History
  • Foreign language
  • Classics
  • Economics
  • Government
  • Psychology
  • Social studies
  • Geography

Your school counselor (or equivalent) should submit the Secondary School Report, along with your transcript. Most counselors also attach a letter of recommendation and a School Profile, describing your school’s curriculum and community.

Supplemental evaluations are also welcome—we simply ask that they provide different or additional context beyond the two we’ve already requested. Most applicants and most admitted students do not submit any supplemental recommendations. Forms for Supplemental Recommendations are available through your MyMIT account.