Table of Contents
- Undergraduates and Their Advisors
- Outline of the Undergraduate Program
- Registration for Fall and Spring Terms
- Independent Activities Period (IAP)
- Summer Session
- Regulations Pertaining to Classes
- Progressing Through MIT
- Special Programs and Situations
- Supplementary Programs
- Non-Degree Study
- Academic Standards and End-of-Term Procedures
- Withdrawal and Readmission Procedures
9. SPECIAL PROGRAMS AND SITUATIONS
An undergraduate student of the Institute who is enrolled as a candidate for the bachelor's degree and wishes to pursue simultaneous bachelor's and master's degrees must successfully apply through MIT Graduate Admissions in the appropriate department. Students considering doing this who receive financial aid should contact Student Financial Services (SFS).
With the approval of his or her faculty advisor, a student may follow a program leading to an SB degree in fewer than eight terms (provided freshman, IAP, and CAP-imposed credit limits are observed). The advisor may write the Registrar's Office, requesting a year change. The advisor should also inform the departmental undergraduate office.
After one semester freshmen may advance class year only if they are offered early sophomore status by the Director of the Office of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming. To be eligible for early sophomore status, a student must have completed by the end of the first term 25% of the undergraduate program, including a majority of the Science Requirement and an appropriate Communication Intensive subject (either a CI-H or CI-HW).
In some departments, a change in year classification may result in a change of advisor assignment. If a student wishes to keep his or her present advisor after a change in year is made, he or she should check with the department undergraduate office to see if this is possible.
A student considering a change in class year should also check its effect on his or her eligibility for financial aid and special programs. A change in class year does not affect a student's ability to remain in on-campus housing for eight terms, but it may affect his or her rooming priority in a given residence hall.
If a student spends only one semester as a sophomore and advances to junior standing, he or she does not have a second semester in which to designate an Exploratory subject.
Upperclass students may change departments at any time. Discussion with their faculty advisor and with faculty or administrators in the prospective department is helpful when considering such a decision. The Registrar's Office can provide information on how to change a major and how the Institute audit would be affected by the change.
Full information for entering transfer students is provided on the Transfer Student website maintained by the Office of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming.
In requesting substitutions for requirements, students should remember that subjects taken to satisfy GIR, departmental, and minor requirements cannot be graded on a P/D/F basis, except for subjects taken by freshmen under Pass/No Record grading. Note: Subjects taken through cross-registration at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts cannot be used for substitutions as grades for these subjects are recorded at MIT on a P/D/F basis.
To request substitutions for General Institute Requirements, students must petition the appropriate faculty committee. It is strongly recommended that such requests be submitted far in advance of the term in which graduation is anticipated. Petitions are not automatically approved by these committees, and denial of a petition submitted during a student's last term may jeopardize graduation.
The Committee on Curricula (COC) reviews petitions for substitutions for the Institute Laboratory and REST subjects. Information about these petitions can be found on the Registrar’s website.
The Subcommittee on the Humanities, Arts, and Sciences Requirement (SHR) reviews petitions to receive credit towards the HASS Requirement for subjects not designated as a HASS subject and to receive distribution credit for subjects taken outside of MIT. Information about these petitions can be found on the HASS Requirement website.
Petitions regarding the Communication Requirement are reviewed by the Subcommittee on the Communication Requirement (SOCR). They are accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed approximately every two weeks, as schedules permit. Students wishing to petition may pick up paper forms or obtain a PDF copy of the petition form online. Decision letters are sent within one business day of the Subcommittee's decision. Petition decisions are final.
SOCR will not consider an appeal unless the student can provide substantial and compelling new information that was unavailable to the Subcommittee when it made its initial decision. Students wishing to appeal a SOCR decision must submit a petition that details the new information.
If a student wishes to make a substitution for a departmental requirement, such a request should be made through the department concerned. Since procedures vary, the student should contact his or her advisor, or the department's undergraduate office. A student who wishes to substitute a UROP or other research subject for a departmental requirement must submit a letter of intent to that department. The department makes the decision concerning a substitution.
A registered regular student who wishes to receive credit for work done at another college must obtain approval from the transfer credit examiner of the appropriate MIT department. A student who plans to register for a subject at another college (for instance, during the summer) should consult the appropriate MIT transfer credit examiner in advance to determine whether the subject is suitable for transfer credit. Transfer credit is processed through the Registrar's Office.
Students who study for a year at Cambridge University as part of the Cambridge-MIT Exchange program (CME) should plan their program of study in advance with their MIT departmental exchange coordinator. The Global Education Office at MIT works with departments and the Registrar’s Office to expedite the transfer credit process for CME students.
Entering freshmen who seek MIT credit for study at other colleges or universities must also obtain approval of that credit from the transfer credit examiner of the appropriate MIT department and provide the documentation described above. However, this credit is processed for freshmen through the Office of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming (UAAP).
As required under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Student Disabilities Services (SDS) makes reasonable efforts to provide appropriate accommodations and assistance to undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities. Students with disabilities should discuss their needs for reasonable accommodations with the Student Disabilities Services staff.
Information on tuition, fees, removal of services and notifications to students with unpaid balances can be found in the MIT Course Catalog.
The Committee on Academic Performance will entertain a petition from a student formerly on financial hold for late registration or retroactive awarding of credit only with the recommendation of a majority of a committee made up of the Director of Student Financial Services (SFS), the Registrar, and the team leader of Student Support Services (S3), or their delegates.