MIT Transfer deadlines & requirements 2022/2023

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MIT Transfer deadlines & requirements 2022/2023

MIT Transfer deadlines & requirements 2022/2023

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. MIT Transfer deadlines & requirements 2022/2023

Transfer eligibility

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.


Students who will have completed at least two terms of study⁠ 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.

Transfer deadlines & requirements


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.

  • 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 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


We require two academic evaluations from college professors or instructors—one evaluation must be from a math or science instructor.

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.

School Official Report

We also require a School Official Report from your advisor, registrar, or another school official. Applicants are encouraged to use the electronic form built into the MIT transfer application to request the School Official Report.

If a hard copy of the form is required by your current (or most recent) institution, you can download a PDF version of the School Official Report. The school official should submit the completed report to, by fax to 617.687.9174, or by mail to the MIT Undergraduate Admissions Processing Center.


Transfer applicants are required to upload a copy of their transcripts within the MIT transfer application from each institution they have attended—including all secondary/high schools, colleges, and universities. Official transcripts are only required for transfer students who are admitted and choose to enroll at MIT.

Standardized tests

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our office will continue to suspend our usual SAT/ACT testing requirement for the 2021–22 application cycle.⁠ You can learn more about this decision here.

Updated requirements

  • We will not require the SAT or the ACT from first-year applicants applying in fall 2021, or transfer applicants applying in either fall 2021 or spring 2022
  • Students who have already taken the SAT/ACT, or who can find a forthcoming opportunity to do so safely are encouraged to submit their scores with the understanding that they help us more accurately evaluate their preparedness for MIT.⁠
  • Students who have not already taken the SAT/ACT, and cannot find a forthcoming opportunity to do so safely are discouraged from taking the test, in order to protect their personal health, as well as the health of their family and community. We will not make any negative presumptions regarding academic preparation based solely on the absence of SAT/ACT scores, but will instead make the best, most informed decision we can by rigorously assessing other academic aspects of their application (such as grades, coursework, and other examinations).⁠

Super scoring

If a student takes the same test multiple times, we will consider the highest score achieved in each section. This super scoring 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.

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.

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