AP and Transfer Credit
MIT Credit Policies at Entrance for September 2021
MIT credit policies for this year’s entering class (Class of 2025) are detailed in this section. Please note that MIT grants credit for only certain AP and other exams. Transfer credit decisions are made by MIT’s academic departments. These guidelines are subject to change for future entering classes. For details on COVID-19 impacts to AP testing and Admissions, please see https://mitadmissions.org/blogs/entry/mits-covid-19-precautions-and-its-impact-on-admissions/
Many MIT students have done college-level study while in high school. Some of this study is eligible for MIT credit and/or placement, depending on the setting and your achievement as measured by test scores or grades. This section details how MIT grants placement and credit for:
- Advanced Standing Exams (tests taken at MIT during Summer/Orientation or in January/February)
- Advanced Placement (College Board Advanced Placement) Exam scores
- International Examinations (including A-Levels, Cambridge Pre-U, International Baccalaureate, French Baccalauréat, Abitur), and
- Transfer Credit for study at another college or university.
Types of Credit Awarded
Credit for previous study is awarded as either the equivalent MIT subject or unrestricted elective credit, at the discretion of the department granting credit. All such credit appears on the transcript with a grade of S and does not count toward term or cumulative averages.
Repeating a Subject
If you receive subject credit for previous study and then register at MIT for any version of that subject, note the following consequences:
- You lose the credit for previous study.
- If the subject meets a General Institute Requirement (GIR) or departmental requirement you must pass the subject at MIT.
- The original credit for previous study can be reinstated only if you drop the matching subject before Add Date (fifth week of the term).
- Credit policies are subject to change for each entering class and are posted in January of the entering year. Information currently provided applies only to the Class of 2024 entering September 2020.
- Address questions not answered here regarding MIT's policies and procedures on credit for previous study to firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-253-4164.
- Visit the MIT Admissions site for information on how previous study relates to Admissions decisions. We cannot answer questions about qualifications for admission to MIT.
Subject Listing and
Titles, descriptions, instructors, times, and locations for each subject offered at MIT. Symbols mark subjects that meet various Institute requirements. Use the handy scheduling tool for pre-registration.
Online Add/Drop >
Once Online Registration is submitted, all further requests to add, drop, change units, and change subject registration status are made via the Online Add/Drop application.
Your official academic record. Check often to make sure you're officially enrolled in the subjects you're attending. This is where you pre-register for each term. You can also see your grades and check your progress toward Institute requirements.