Supplemental materials on MIT admission requirements.
Our admissions process is designed to be completed online. Note that all materials that are not already electronic are scanned and uploaded; we cannot process non-scannable materials such as CDs, DVDs, books, slides, certificate binders, or newspaper clippings.
If there are other pieces of scannable information that you feel would add depth to your application, you can email them or fax them to 617.687.9184. Be sure to include your name, date of birth, and application reference number, which is located on the right-hand side of the application portal.
If you must mail materials to MIT, please use this address:
MIT Undergraduate Admissions Processing Center
P.O. Box 404
Southampton, PA 18966
Other dates & deadlines
All students who are applying for financial aid should submit materials by February 15 (see Financial aid deadlines)
Early Action applicants will receive an admissions decision in mid-December
Regular Action students will receive an admissions decision in mid-March
Admitted students must inform MIT of their enrollment decision by early May (date to be announced)
mit admission requirements for First-year applicants.
The first-year application is intended for students who have concluded01 their secondary education and wish to pursue a bachelor’s degree as a full-time university student. Students may apply during or after their final year of secondary education, but may not apply using the first-year application if they have already matriculated to another degree-granting institution.02
Please note that 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.
By contrast, 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.
If you are ineligible for either first-year or transfer admission, or simply prefer to seek other routes to and through MIT, you may consider exploring some of our options for continuing and professional education.
mit admission requirements for Early vs Regular
MIT has two application cycles: Early Action (EA) and Regular Action (RA).
What’s the difference?
Only the dates of the deadlines!
It is fine to apply during either cycle. We do not have a preference, and there is no strategic benefit to applying in one vs the other. We have two cycles for two reasons: 1) it helps us spread our work out over a longer period, devoting more time to each application, and 2) it provides applicants with more options so they can choose which works best for them.
Rules and restrictions:
Early Action is an option for all applicants, domestic and international. Our Early Action isn’t single-choice, binding, or anything like that. If you choose to apply to MIT during Early Action, we do not place any limits on where else you may apply, nor do we require you to attend if admitted (though we sure hope you do!).
However, if you apply to another school during Early Action that does have a restriction, MIT requires that you respect those rules. So for example, if you apply to another school that is “single choice”— meaning that you can only apply there during the early period—you may not simultaneously apply to MIT, and if you’re admitted somewhere “binding,” then even if we admit you, you must go there instead. So choose wisely!
MIT requirements for International applicants ( not admission requirements)
MIT has a very long history of educating international students, and we continue to welcome them today.
If you are an international student, you may not be familiar with the application process for American colleges, including MIT. This is a quick overview to help you understand how applying to an American school like MIT works. Some of the information in here is also true for American colleges other than MIT, but you should make sure to check with other schools before applying since we can’t speak for them!
In addition to this page, there are several organizations that will help you learn how to apply to American universities, including MIT. We particularly recommend Education USA, especially their helpful 5 Steps to U.S. Study and local advising centers.
Am I international?
For the purposes of the application, MIT considers any student who does not hold United States citizenship or permanent residency to be an international applicant, regardless of where they live or attend school.01 U.S. permanent residents are those students who have an official copy of their green card in hand. If you are in the process of obtaining a green card, then you are considered by MIT to be an international student. If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, then you are considered a domestic applicant.
However, whether you are a domestic applicant or an international applicant does not impact when or how you apply or the financial aid you are offered. Rather, this page is simply intended to be a helpful resource for people who are less familiar with the American educational system and are trying to figure out how to apply to MIT.
When to apply for MIT admission
Most U.S. students apply to MIT at the beginning of their final year of high school, and international applicants should do the same. Only accepted students are required to send final grades, and we understand that they will not be available until the summer months. Most applicants are 17–19 years of age. Some may be younger, especially if they have studied ahead; some may be older, especially if their countries have mandatory military service after secondary school.
Students who have already enrolled02 at another university—either in America or abroad—must apply to MIT as a transfer student.
Grades & coursework
If you attended high school outside of the United States, your grades and subjects of study might have been very different than those of most American students. However, this will not negatively impact your application to MIT.
MIT admissions counselors are trained to understand the educational system in your part of the world. We do not try to convert your grades to the American system, or to find other sorts of equivalence. You will not be competing against your classmates or students in other parts of the world; we do not have caps or quotas for countries. We consider each student as an individual as they proceed through our process.
However, all students need to demonstrate minimum competence in fields they will continue to study at MIT. We recommend that all international students study:
Four years of English
Mathematics, at least to the level of calculus
Two or more years of history/social studies
While these courses are not required, studying them will increase the chances that you will be sufficiently prepared academically to attend MIT. Students without all of the listed recommended classes are welcome to apply.
We have suspended our usual SAT/ACT testing requirement for the 2021–22 application cycle as well due to the pandemic. For non-native English speakers, we strongly recommend providing the results of an English proficiency exam if you have been using English for fewer than 5 years or do not speak English at home or in school, so that we may consider that information alongside the rest of your application. We accept the following English proficiency exams:
Cambridge English Qualifications (C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency)
Duolingo English Test (DET)
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
Please note: We no longer require applicants to officially send their SAT, ACT, or English proficiency test scores as part of their application. Instead, they can self-report their scores on the application, and we will verify these scores upon enrollment.
We do not have cut off or recommended scores for the ACT or SAT as scores are evaluated within an applicant’s context. To view test score statistics from the most recent admissions year, visit our admissions statistics page.
We do have minimum and recommended scores for our English language tests. These minimums are in place to ensure your level of English proficiency. Because English is the language of instruction at MIT, all students must show that they will thrive in our community.
MIT admission requirements (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.03
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).04
We recognize that this designation may not correspond to the lived experience of many applicants (including undocumented students) who have spent significant time in the United States, or those who have a liminal status as asylees, refugees, or stateless persons. This classification is federally defined for the purpose of statistical records, but please know that we understand life is more rich and complicated than a checkbox, and we take that into account when reading your essays and evaluating your application.back to text↑
Exceptions may be granted to students in the southern hemisphere, on an alternate calendar, who begin their college education while undergoing our application process.back to text↑
Despite the limitations of these exams, our research shows that considering performance on the SAT/ACT substantially improves our ability to predict subsequent student success at MIT. When we have SAT/ACT scores for a student, we can more confidently assess their preparation; when we don’t, we have to look (even) harder at other factors, such as those listed in the next bullet point.back to text↑
For example, AP/IB/AICE exams in the United States, or national examinations such as the (I)GCE, CAPE, WASSCE, KCSE, French Baccalaureate, Abitur, and so on abroad.back to text
mit admission requirements on Biographical information.
As you get started on your application, here are a few things that we want you to know before you tell us more about yourself.
We ask that you use one email for all activities related to your application—including communicating with us and registering for standardized tests—so the email you list on your application should match the email that you used to create your account. And please make sure that it’s an email you’ll have access to through next summer.
Name and preferred name
When filling out these fields, you should use your current, legal first and last name. This is important so that our application matches your financial aid records.
We also ask you what you’d like us to call you. If you enter a preferred first name, this name will be used in all official print and email communication from our office unless you tell us otherwise. We will give you this option later in the application.
We want to know your home address, which is your permanent address. If we send you mail it will be sent to your home address unless you’ve indicated a mailing address.
Due to U.S. federal reporting requirements, we must ask for sex in a binary fashion. We suggest responding with the sex that is indicated on your birth certificate or other similar government documents. However, we recognize that people have a wide range of gender identities, so we recommend using the following question on the application to indicate your gender.
If you do not see your gender identity listed or would like to select more than one identity, select Another Identity and enter how you would like to identify.
Please select the country of your primary citizenship. If you have dual citizenship, you should apply to MIT with your U.S. citizenship status. If you hold a non-U.S. dual citizenship, you may select your preferred country and your application will be listed as international in our application process. We don’t have any preference as to which country you list.
Pronouns and preferred name
You may indicate your pronouns in this section (for example, he/him, she/her, they/them).
This is where we will ask you if you want us to use your preferred name in all official print and email communication from our office.
Please know that we will not share this information with your family or publicly, and we will never mail anything to your house specifically addressing your gender identity or sexual orientation. If admitted, you may receive emails from our office relating to resources on campus.
If you are admitted, you may receive an email or two from our campus spiritual leaders, sharing information about resources available at MIT. However, we do not share your contact information with them, we reach out on their behalf. They will only have your information if you choose to reach out to them directly.
You will be asked to provide a bit of information about the people you consider to be your parents in the application, whether they are your biological parents, adoptive parents, or stepparents. You may also list up to two additional caregivers or guardians.
mit admission interview.
About the interview
At MIT we don’t just want to see how you look on paper; we’re interested in the whole person. That’s why, whenever possible, we offer an interview with a member of the MIT Educational Council, a network of over 5,000 MIT graduates around the world who volunteer to meet with applicants in their home area. To ensure everyone’s health and safety, we will hold all interviews virtually for the 2021–22 application.
After you submit your application, you may be contacted by an Educational Counselor (EC) if there’s one available. ECs will typically use the email address you provided on your application to contact you, so please monitor your inbox and respond promptly. Most Early Action interviews will take place in November and most Regular Action interviews will take place in January. If we are unable to offer you an interview, it will be waived and your application will not be adversely affected.
What to expect
Typically, interviews last an hour, though they can range from 30 minutes to two hours long.
Before you meet with your EC, try to anticipate some of the questions you might be asked. Talk with friends and family about their interview experiences, or read our blog entries about interviews. Think through stories or examples that will give your interviewer a vivid sense of your passions and aspirations.
MIT interviews are not usually formal affairs. You do not have to dress up for your interview.
Finally, as is true for all parts of our application process, just be yourself!
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mit admission requirements for creating portfolios.
While we neither expect nor require additional material beyond the application, we know that many students are involved in a variety of activities outside of class, and we love to hear about them!
Researchers, performing artists, visual artists, and makers may submit optional portfolios for review by MIT staff or faculty through SlideRoom. For more information on each type of portfolio, please review the descriptions below.
Portfolios must be submitted by November 1 for Early Action or January 5 for Regular Action.
Students who have worked on a significant research project outside of high school classes are welcome to submit a research supplement via SlideRoom. If you have worked on more than one research project, you should focus on the most significant project to you.
Please answer a brief questionnaire about your research and provide a letter of recommendation from your research mentor. Researchers may include a PDF of their abstract or research poster, if available. If the work being submitted has been published, a citation can be provided.
Music & theater arts
Performing artists (musicians, composers, dancers, designers, directors, writers, and actors) with exceptional talent are welcome to submit a supplement via SlideRoom. We recommend submitting work that represents a range of styles or skills if available.
Musicians: Submit two recordings representing contrasting styles or periods, of about 10 minutes total duration. Each selection must be an unedited solo performance. If possible, include accompaniment where appropriate.
Composers: Submit one recent composition score in PDF format.
Actors, dancers, directors, and designers: Submit up to three videos or images. Please keep the total video time no longer than 10 minutes.
Screenwriters/playwrights: You may submit all or part of one or two scripts. Submissions should be no longer than 10 pages total. If your work was performed and recorded, you may submit up to 10 minutes of video. Note: this portfolio option is meant for screenwriters/playwrights; while MIT values creative writing, we do not currently offer a portfolio to review creative writing, essays, poetry, etc.
Visual art & architecture
Creative individuals with exceptional talent are welcome to submit a portfolio via SlideRoom.
We encourage all types of media art, including design, drawing, painting, mixed media, digital media, photography, sculpture, and architectural work. You may submit a portfolio of up to 10 images of your work for review. Include the title, medium, a brief description, date completed, and a brief description of each work’s concept or inspiration
The Maker Portfolio is an opportunity for students to showcase their projects that require creative insight, technical skill, and a hands-on approach to learning by doing. Members of the MIT Engineering Advisory Board review all Maker portfolios. If you would like your technically creative work to be reviewed by academic and instructional staff, then it might be a good fit for the Maker Portfolio.
For your Maker Portfolio, you may submit images, video totaling no more than 120 seconds, and up to one PDF of technical documentation and/or specifications via SlideRoom. You may document one project or many, and your work may have been done inside, or outside, of school, and alone or with a team; just make sure you explain it to us!