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Transfer applicants: Transfer deadlines & requirements

Deadlines

For spring entry (February), we must receive your final application with all supporting documents by November 15. If you are a citizen of a foreign country, you may apply for September entry only.

For fall entry (September), we must receive your final application with all supporting documents by March 15.

Spring ENTRY
  • November 15: Spring semester application deadline
  • Mid-December: Applicants for spring semester are notified of admissions decisions
  • Early January: Deadline for enrollment for admitted spring semester transfer students
Fall ENTRY
  • March 15: Fall semester application deadline
  • Early May: Applicants for fall semester are notified of admissions decisions
  • Early June: Deadline for enrollment decision for admitted fall semester transfer students

Evaluations

We require two academic evaluations from college professors or instructors—one evaluation must be from a math or science instructor.

We find that the best recommendations are written by professors who know an applicant well as both a student and a person. You are also welcome (but not required) to submit two supplemental letters of recommendation from high school teachers, employers, etc.

School Official Report

We also require a School Official Report from your advisor, registrar, or another school official. Applicants are encouraged to use the electronic form built into the MIT transfer application to request the School Official Report.

If a hard copy of the form is required by your current (or most recent) institution, you can download a PDF version of the School Official Report. The school official should submit the completed report to [email protected], by fax to 617.687.9174, or by mail to the MIT Undergraduate Admissions Processing Center.

Transcripts

Transfer applicants are required to upload a copy of their transcripts within the MIT transfer application from each institution they have attended—including all secondary/high schools, colleges, and universities. Official transcripts are only required for transfer students who are admitted and choose to enroll at MIT.

Standardized tests

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our office will continue to suspend our usual SAT/ACT testing requirement for the 2021–22 application cycle.01 This means both prospective first-year and transfer students who aspire to enter MIT in 2022. You can learn more about this decision here

The guidance below is for the 2021–22 application cycle only. To see our usual testing requirements, click here.

Updated requirements

  • We will not require the SAT or the ACT from first-year applicants applying in fall 2021, or transfer applicants applying in either fall 2021 or spring 2022
  • Students who have already taken the SAT/ACT, or who can find a forthcoming opportunity to do so safely are encouraged to submit their scores with the understanding that they help us more accurately evaluate their preparedness for MIT.02 D</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">espite the limitations of these exams, our research shows that considering performance on the SAT/ACT substantially improves our ability to predict subsequent student success at MIT. When we have SAT/ACT scores for a student, we can more confidently assess their preparation; when we don’t, we have to look (even) harder at other factors, such as those listed in the next bullet point.
  • Students who have not already taken the SAT/ACT, and cannot find a forthcoming opportunity to do so safely are discouraged from taking the test, in order to protect their personal health, as well as the health of their family and community. We will not make any negative presumptions regarding academic preparation based solely on the absence of SAT/ACT scores, but will instead make the best, most informed decision we can by rigorously assessing other academic aspects of their application (such as grades, coursework, and other examinations).03 For example, AP/IB/AICE exams in the United States, or national examinations such as the (I)GCE, CAPE, WASSCE, KCSE, French Baccalaureate, Abitur, and so on abroad.  

Superscoring

If a student takes the same test multiple times, we will consider the highest score achieved in each section. This superscoring also applies to students who submit scores from both the “old” and “new” SAT. We do this in order to consider all applicants in their best light.

Please note that our office will verify scores for all enrolling students. Any discrepancies between official and self-reported scores may affect a student’s offer of admission.

  1. This means both prospective first-year and transfer students who aspire to enter MIT in 2022. back to text
  2. Despite the limitations of these exams, our research shows that considering performance on the SAT/ACT substantially improves our ability to predict subsequent student success at MIT. When we have SAT/ACT scores for a student, we can more confidently assess their preparation; when we don’t, we have to look (even) harder at other factors, such as those listed in the next bullet point. back to text
  3. For example, AP/IB/AICE exams in the United States, or national examinations such as the (I)GCE, CAPE, WASSCE, KCSE, French Baccalaureate, Abitur, and so on abroad. back to text