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Learn more about how MIT Admissions is responding to COVID-19 in this blog post from our Dean and new dedicated FAQs.

First-year applicants: Part 1: Biographical information

Submitting Part 1 of your application initiates your application process.


Part 1 must be submitted no later than November 1 if you’re applying Early Action, or no later than January 1 if you’re applying Regular Action. We prefer that you submit this information as soon as possible, so that we can get a head start on processing your application file. However, remember that there is no strategic benefit associated with or conferred by applying during either action cycle. Just do what works for you!

Application fee (waiver)

We ask most students to pay a $75 application fee. If the application fee presents a hardship for you and your family, you may qualify for a fee waiver. We will accept fee waivers from most sources, such as College Board (including SAT fee waivers and the “Realize Your College Potential” program), the ACT, and NACAC, among others. Instead of a fee waiver, we will also accept a short letter from a school administrator, counselor, social worker, or clergy person on your behalf stating that the fee is a hardship for your family. If you would like to request a fee waiver, select the fee waiver option at the end of Part 1 of MIT’s online application and submit. You can proceed as though the fee waiver has been approved. Fee waiver requests will not appear as waived on your MyMIT account until early November for Early Action and early January for Regular Action.

Parent information

Please provide the requested information about your parents. If you’re a member of a non-traditional family, please provide information about the persons whom you consider to be your mother and father, whether they are your biological parents, adoptive parents, or stepparents.

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. Your choice for “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!