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Transfer applicants: Veterans

MIT has a long history of educating veterans, both before and after their service, and we are proud to support a community of veterans on campus. If you are a veteran interested in an MIT education, please know that we deeply appreciate your interest and your service, and we look forward to supporting you through the admissions process.

How to apply

Veterans may apply for admission through the same process as other prospective students. While most veterans are eligible to apply for transfer admission, some are eligible for first-year admission, so please review our eligibility information to determine which application you should use.

If you have already completed an undergraduate degree elsewhere, you may explore MIT’s options for continuing/professional education or graduate education.

Academic preparation

A strong academic foundation with preparation in advanced math and science both improves your odds of getting into MIT, and helps you make the most of the Institute when you’re here. Strong applicants for both first-year and transfer admission will have demonstrated recent success in advanced math and science, including:

  • Math through calculus
  • Calculus-based physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology

MIT’s General Institute Requirements demand that all undergraduate students must take (or place out of, through an Advanced Standing Examination) the following while at MIT:

  • Two semesters of calculus
  • Two semesters of calculus-based physics
  • One semester of chemistry
  • One semester of biology

Applicants who have not completed this academic preparation should consider first enrolling at a different institution (like a community college or another four-year college) to brush up on their academics before applying to MIT. Students may also explore MIT’s online and open learning courses offered through MITx and MIT OpenCourseWare.

Affordability and financial benefits

MIT’s offers full-need financial aid through need-blind admissions for all undergraduate students. If you are accepted for undergraduate study, we will make sure that you can afford to come to MIT.

As a veteran of the U.S. armed forces, you may be eligible for benefits that can significantly aid in your costs to attend MIT. Information specific to veterans (including Post-9/11 GI Bill®, Yellow Ribbon Program, and other financial support benefits) is available on the Student Financial Services site.

Note: as a Veteran of the U.S. armed forces, you are considered independent of parental financial support. When you apply for aid, your financial need will be calculated according to your individual income and assets without regard to your parents’ financial circumstances.

Application guidance

Our applications ask straightforward questions about who you are, where you come from, what you’ve done so far, and what you hope to do. We also ask for information about your academic coursework, test scores, and letters of recommendation from people who know you well.

We look at each application as a whole—taking into account the many different factors that have shaped each applicant’s experience—and spend the next few months reading what you’ve written and assembling the best class to go through MIT together. Keep in mind that your story is uniquely yours, and that everyone is on their own journey. As cliché as it sounds, simply being yourself is the best approach to our application.

Military history

We encourage you to share as much about your military experience on the MIT application as you feel comfortable sharing. We provide space in the application to reflect on your military experience and provide any additional information as it pertains to your service.

Activities, jobs, and distinctions

We ask about an applicant’s work experience, extracurricular activities, summer activities, and any awards and distinctions they have earned, not only to understand how applicants spend their time, but also to gather context about the opportunities and resources available to them.

Some sections of the application may seem geared toward traditional applicants—but veteran applicants should feel free to complete these sections to the best of their ability. Veterans may choose to complete these sections with only military-related content, or they may have other experiences and commitments they wish to include (like internship, research, or other work experiences, community involvement and volunteering, or home and family responsibilities).


The short essays on the MIT application are not a writing test—they are an opportunity to share your voice. We want to learn more about who you are, what motivates you, and what’s important to you. The essays provide you an opportunity to reflect on your past experiences and share information about your future goals.

While your responses should be written clearly and answer the questions posed, the most important thing is to be your authentic self. We are using the content of your essays to get to know you as a potential member of the MIT community, so use the short essays as an opportunity to reflect on who you are.

If you have specific questions about the application process for veterans, please contact the MIT Admissions veteran liaison.

Veterans resources

Service to School

MIT has a proud partnership with Service to School (S2S), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides free college application assistance to transitioning service members and veterans. S2S was founded by veterans and is led by veterans who are committed to transforming the veteran community through the power of higher education.

Student Veteran Success

MIT also has an office of Student Veteran Success (SVS), run by program administrator Liam Gale, who served in the Air Force as an enlisted aviator and emergency management specialist for nearly eight years. SVS serves as a direct point of contact for students, providing support, advocacy, and programming designed to improve the experience of veterans, students currently serving in the military, and military families who are studying at MIT. To reach SVS, please email [email protected].