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Transfer applicants: Transfer eligibility

The transfer application is intended for students who have finished high school and completed at least one year of college. If you are still in high school, you are considered a first-year applicant regardless of how many classes you may have taken at the university level.

One application per entry year

Transfer students may only submit one application per entry year, meaning if you apply to enter in the spring term, you cannot reapply for the fall term of the same calendar year. (For example, if you apply for the spring 2022 term, you cannot also apply for the fall 2022 term, because both terms occur in the same entry year.) If you are a citizen of a foreign country, you may apply for fall (September) entry only.

Term eligibility

Students who will have completed at least two terms of study01 Meaning: the earliest you can apply is after completing one term, because you will apply during your second term, and then, if admitted, enroll having completed one year. at an accredited college, university, technical institute, or community college by the time of their prospective enrollment may apply for transfer admission.

However, we cannot accept transfer applications from students who at the time of entry to MIT will have finished less than one year or more than two and a half years (i.e., five terms) of college because of our residency requirements. If you have been enrolled in college part-time, calculate your full-time term equivalents in order to estimate your eligibility.

MIT does not award second bachelor’s degrees—even if you are interested in pursuing a different field of study from the bachelor’s degree you hold. If you are ineligible for either first-year or transfer admissions, or simply prefer to seek other routes to and through MIT, you may consider exploring a graduate degree or continuing and professional education.

  1. Meaning: the earliest you can apply is after completing one term, because you will apply during your second term, and then, if admitted, enroll having completed one year. back to text