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Your checklist will appear in your application portal approximately two weeks after the application deadline. Here are a few FAQs to help you along the way.

Something is missing from my checklist. Should I be worried?

No! We understand this can be stressful, but we assure you everything is okay and you will not be penalized in our process. You should just submit the missing items and everything will be okay!

I got an email that there was something missing, but my checklist is complete. What do I do?

Nothing—if your checklist says everything has been received, then you are all set! We most likely received your document after we emailed you. We’re always processing documents, and things are added all the time!

What should I do if I’m missing a recommendation letter?

If either of your recommendation letters is missing, the first thing you should do is follow up with your teachers to see if they submitted a letter for you. This is also a great time to say thank you!

You should reach out and ask your teacher to submit their letter. (And remember to be kind—teachers are busy people and they are working hard to get things done for you and all of your peers!)

If your teacher believes they’ve already submitted their letter, they can resubmit it via Parchment/Naviance or email it as a PDF from a school email address to [email protected] The letter must be sent by your teacher, not you. If sending via email, your teacher should include your full name and date of birth or application ID in the body of the email, and Missing Recommendation in the subject line.

My teacher/counselor/school official has a receipt from Parchment/Naviance/Scoir that my materials were received by MIT, but my checklist says you don’t have them. What’s going on?

The most likely scenario is that we do have your document, but it hasn’t been attached to your record yet. This could be because the name, email address, or other identifying information was not the same on your application as what was on the document from Parchment, Naviance, or Scoir.

If you have confirmation that everything was sent to us, and it shows as received more than 10 days ago, please email us and we’ll make sure your documents are correctly attached to your record.

I got an email that says I’m missing more than one document, but my checklist shows I’m only missing one thing. What does that mean?

Your checklist is the most up-to-date record of what we have received for you. If there is only one document missing, then focus on getting that to us and feel confident that we have your other materials.

My checklist has my primary high school transcript, but I’m missing transcripts from other schools. What should I do?

Since most of the time coursework from a previous school, dual-enrollment coursework, or additional coursework is reflected on a primary transcript, you don’t need to do anything. We’ll reach back out if we do need official copies from other schools listed.

My school is listed twice on my checklist. Do I need to worry about this?

If your school appears twice on your checklist, we’ll fix it—you don’t need to do anything else.

My checklist is missing a transcript from a school I am currently attending, but I have no other grades from this school and do not have a grade for the class I am currently taking. Do you still need this transcript?

If you listed a school that you don’t have a transcript for yet, you can send it to us when it becomes available. This may be the case if you’ve listed a school you plan to take a course at in the spring, or are taking a course for the first time this fall.

Read everything and still don’t have the answer to your question?

If you think you really still need assistance, you can email us at [email protected]. Please remember, our customer service team works with all applicants and prospective students. They will respond to your email as quickly as they can, so we ask that you please be patient and trust that we will get back to you! 🤓