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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 students adjust to MIT's workload while learning to live a balanced life. Credit limits for each term of the freshman year are:

A first-semester freshman may take no more than 54 units. Since most MIT subjects carry 12 units of credit, this works out to 4 full subjects (48 units), plus 6 units that students may or may not choose to use. Popular options for using the extra 6 units in the fall are a Freshman Advising Seminar or one of the music performance groups like MIT Symphony or Concert Choir.

Faculty-Approved Exceptions to the Fall 54-unit limit:

There are no exceptions to the IAP or Spring credit limits.