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Have a question about your application? We’ve put together this FAQ for applicants to help you answer some of your most common 🤔 questions.

Transfer applicants: Transfer deadlines & requirements


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.

Transcripts should be sent as soon as they are available; if you are applying during your first year of college, you should send your first-term grades along with your application, and arrange to have second-term grades forwarded as soon as available.

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
  • 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


We require two academic evaluations from college professors or instructors—one evaluation must be from a math or science instructor. We also require a School Official Report from your advisor, registrar, or another school official.

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.


High school transcript
Please have your high school transcript/secondary school records sent directly to MIT. If you went to high school in another country and cannot have your transcripts sent by the school, you may include a copy of your grades with your application.

College transcript
We require an official transcript from each college attended. Please have all transcripts sent directly to MIT. Admissions decisions will be based on your coursework completed to date. If you are admitted, you will need to submit a final transcript when your most recent grades become available.

Standardized tests

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

The guidance below is for the 2020–21 application cycle only. To see our usual testing requirements, click here.

Updated requirements

  • We will not require either the SAT or the ACT from first-year or transfer applicants applying this cycle. We expect this to be a one-year suspension of our usual requirements, but will continue to monitor the public health situation closely.  
  • Students who have already taken the SAT/ACT are encouraged to report their scores with the understanding that they help us more accurately evaluate their preparedness for MIT, and with the knowledge that tests are only one factor among many in that process. 
    • Please note: We no longer require applicants to officially send their SAT, ACT, or English proficiency test scores as part of their application. Instead, they can self-report their scores on the application, and we will verify these scores upon enrollment.
  • Students who have not already taken the SAT/ACT are discouraged from doing so if they cannot do so safely, and/or are under such strain that they cannot perform to a degree commensurate with their actual preparation.
  • Students who do not submit SAT/ACT scores will not have any negative inferences be drawn from their absence. Instead, we will make the best, most informed decision we can by assessing other academic aspects of their application like grades, curriculum, and other examinations.02 However, as </span><a href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;">announced</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> earlier this year, we will </span><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">not</span></i><span style="font-weight: 400;"> consider the SAT Subject Tests.  


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 2021. back to text
  2. However, as announced earlier this year, we will not consider the SAT Subject Tests. back to text