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.
- November: Last month to take standardized tests for spring semester application
- 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: Last month to take standardized tests for fall semester application
- 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
One evaluation should be from a math or science instructor, and the other two should be from any instructors who know you well. 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.
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.
We have recently changed our testing requirements. The requirements below are updated and accurate for all applicants seeking admission to enter MIT in 2021 and beyond. You can learn more about these changes here.
For all applicants:
Standardized tests are required for any transfer application to MIT, regardless of how many years of college you have completed. We require the SAT or the ACT. We do not require the ACT writing section or the SAT optional essay.
For non-native English speakers:
For non-native English speakers, we strongly recommend taking the TOEFL if you have been using English for less than 5 years or do not speak English at home or in school, so that we may consider that alongside the SAT or the ACT.
Please note: Official score reports for these exams are not required unless a student is admitted, and chooses to enroll.
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.
Beginning in August 2019, TOEFL is making a change to include superscores or “MyBest Scores” on all score reports. We will accept and evaluate these scores the same way we consider superscores for all other tests.
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.
We do not have cut off or recommended scores for the ACT or SAT as scores are evaluated within an applicant’s context. To view test score statistics from the most recent admissions year, visit our admissions statistics page.
We do have minimum and recommended scores for the TOEFL. These minimums are in place to ensure your level of English proficiency. Because MIT offers no English as a Second Language (ESL) programs, and English is the language of MIT, all students must show that they will thrive in our community.
For the TOEFL Internet-Based Test (iBT), the minimum composite score is a 90. We recommend scores of at least 23 for each section, and a composite score of at least 100. Similarly, for the TOEFL revised Paper-Delivered Test (rPDT), we recommend scores of at least 23 for each section. If you have taken the TOEFL Paper-Based Test (PBT) prior to June 2017, the minimum composite score is a 577, with a recommended composite score of at least 600.