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What does MIT consider for transfer admission?

There’s no formula for gaining transfer admission to MIT. There’s no minimum required GPA, however, competitive applicants typically have a 3.5 GPA or above, and mostly As in math and science courses. There are no minimum scores required on the SAT Subject Tests, but competitive applicants typically score 700 or above on each exam.

Ideal preparation includes—at the very least—one year each of college-level calculus and calculus-based physics. Depending on your major, you may have covered more ground in one science discipline or another, or you may have more engineering than science courses. Fortunately, each decision is made on a case-by-case basis and depends on your course of study and institutional offerings.

The transfer admissions process is highly competitive, even more so than first-year admissions. Over the last several years out of 35-50 who apply for the spring term, we’ve admitted from 0-5; for the fall term out of 400-500 applicants we’ve admitted anywhere from 15-20. Take a chance, present yourself in the best light possible, and hope for the best. We’re limited by space, and we choose those who we feel are a good match and who we feel would bring something unique and special to our community.

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