Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyClass of 2018
The First Year at MIT

First-Year Academics: Freshman Credit Limits

Freshmen are subject to a credit limit by faculty rule. The limit aims to help you adjust to MIT's workload while also learning to live a balanced life with more autonomy than you may be used to. The credit limits for each term of your freshman year are:

As a first-semester freshman, you may take no more than 54 units. Since most MIT subjects are worth 12 units of credit, this works out to 4 full subjects (48 units), plus an additional 6 units that you may or may not choose to use.

Note: Physical Education classes are based on a point system and do not count toward the credit limit. Further, ROTC subjects, while they carry academic credit, do not count toward the freshman credit limit.