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The First Year at MIT

Advising Right Now: Finishing the Fall Semester

Even though the end of term is a ways off, we want to give you a "heads-up" regarding some upcoming dates, deadlines, and procedures that may affect you and your advisees.

Early Sophomore Standing

Every year approximately 20% of freshmen will have completed at least one-quarter of their degree by end of Fall term, making them eligible for Early Sophomore Standing.

If a freshman is eligible for early sophomore standing, s/he will receive an offer by Julie Norman, Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, and Director of the Office of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming to change their student status to sophomore. There is no petition process to become an early sophomore.

Eligible students may decide to remain a freshman, or if electing sophomore status, may:

For more information about Sophomore Standing, see the Class of 2017 site.

Final Exams

Fall semester finals will be held from Monday-Friday, December 16-20, 2013.

Students should check the Final Examination Schedule to find out when and where their finals will be held. The Registrar's Office will contact students who have a scheduling conflict between two or more final exams. Occasionally an exam will need to be rescheduled, so students should be encouraged to check this site ahead of time to plan studies and check again prior to finals week to confirm that no testing dates, times, or locations have changed.

End of Term Meetings

At the end of each term, the Committee on Academic Performance (CAP) reviews the performance of all undergraduate students.

As the academic department for first-year students, the Office of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming will review the academic performance of all flagged freshmen and seek your input into any recommendations to the Committee on Academic Performance.The CAP holds two sets of meetings. Please note these dates, in the event that the UAAP needs to be in touch with you in January about any of your advisees:

See End of Term Academic Issues for complete details on your role at the end of term.

IAP/Spring Pre-Registration

Freshmen will pre-register for IAP and Spring on WebSIS and meet with you subsequently to solidify their registrations for the spring. All students must initiate online Pre-Registration by Monday, December 30, 2013, to avoid late fees. All students are limited to 12-unit credit limit for IAP. Freshmen have a limit of 57-units for the spring semester.

See Spring Semester Registration Considerations for complete information and advice.