MIT: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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The First Year at MIT

Advisees' Registrations

Before meeting with your advisees, please read the following information carefully about the freshman credit limit, prerequisites for higher-level subjects, special sequencing of Organic Chemistry subjects, and the importance of completing the freshman Communication Requirement this year.

Online Registration opens for all students on Monday, January 25, 2016. Detailed information about the registration processes is posted on the Registrar's site.

You are expected to meet in person with each advisee to verify and approve registration choices no later than Monday, February 1 (Spring Registration Day). If you and your advisees are on campus earlier than Reg Day, you may certainly meet earlier in the week of January 25-February 1 to complete online registration.

Spring Freshman Credit Limit and Grading

Credit Limit


Communication Requirement

Freshmen are required to complete one Communication Intensive (CI) subject by the end of their first year at MIT.

Waitlists (now open) for Communication Intensive Subjects in the Humanities (CI-H/HW subjects) will be available to help undergraduates find openings in these subjects, which have limited enrollments. As you know, this will be the second semester in which the new enrollment process will be used for CI-H/HW subjects.

Waitlists for CI-H/HW subjects will also be available to students and people advising them through links entitled “CI-H/HW Subjects” on the For Students and For Advisors pages of WebSIS.

The waitlists give real-time information about which subjects have openings and the size of waitlists. Students can add and drop themselves from the waitlists based on their current interests and projected placements on the waitlists.

Beginning on the morning of the first day of classes, Tuesday, February 2, CI-H/HW Instructors can offer available spots. Students will receive offers via email with the subject line: “Action Required: CI-H/HW Subject Offer.” Generally students will have 24 hours to initiate adding the subject; this is at the discretion of the instructor, but allows greater equity to all.

Students should not email instructors to ask about placement in subjects before classes begin. They are encouraged to go to the first meetings of subjects in which they have realistic chances of enrolling.

If a student has been scheduled into a CI-H/HW subject and does not plan to attend, he or she should drop it immediately and open up a space for another student. For the same reason, a student should remove him- or herself from waitlists for any unwanted subjects.

Pre-Requisites for Sophomore Level Subjects

Special Sequencing Issues for Organic Chemistry Subjects (5.12 and 5.13)

Physical Education Requirement

Registration Changes

First year students initiate and submit add/drop requests via MIT’s online Digital Add/Drop form.  As a first year advisor, you will be part of this process as your approval is required.  If an advisee requests approval for a drop, you will receive an email alerting you to take action.  The message will direct you to Student Forms and Petitions, where you can access the request and enter your decision.  If you want to meet with your advisee before approving a request, you may enter a decision of “Consult” along with a comment to the student, instructing them to get in touch.  The student will be notified by email of your decision and any comments that you enter.

After you approve a registration change via a Digital Add/Drop form, your advisee must return to the online form and submit the registration change to the Registrar to complete the process. Students must submit drop requests to the Registrar by 5pm on Drop Date.

Detailed help and training are available in the Add/Drop Help section.  Training materials include a written quick guide and an online eLearning Add Drop Tutorial.

Checking WebSIS

While students are responsible for making sure that their registration is up to date, you should also check their statuses of registration on WebSIS regularly throughout the semester to make sure that they are correctly registered. WebSIS is the accurate reflection of the student's Status of Registration and academic audit. Stellar is NOT accurate!

Late Registration Changes

Students who miss either Add or Drop Date and need to add and/or drop subjects late from their registrations must petition the Committee on Academic Performance (CAP). Petitions to add or drop a subject late are not automatically approved; those that are approved are subject to a processing fee.