MITCommittee on Academic Performance

Types of Petitions: Freshman Credit Limit

By Faculty rule, first-year undergraduates may register for no more than 54 units in the Fall Term and 57 units in the Spring. This credit limit, along with special freshman grading, is designed to ease the transition to MIT. Students enroll in a reasonable number of subjects while exploring the rigors of the MIT curriculum and the challenges of living more autonomously in a new community.

There are two general exceptions to the Fall Freshman Credit Limit. First-year students may exceed the 54-unit limit:

There are no general exceptions to the Freshman Credit Limit in the Spring.

CAP rarely approves petitions to exceed the Freshman Credit Limit, and will not approve a petition without the support of Dean Julie Norman. However, there are occasional circumstances in which petitions may be approved. Consult the CAP's Staff Associate for details before preparing a petition.

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