MIT: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
For Prospective Students
The First Year at MIT

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The following frequently asked questions are common among those contemplating MIT. This page provides answers to these questions and provides links to useful MIT websites that provide additional answers.

Q. What scores (AP, International Baccalaureate, etc.) do I need to get into MIT?

A. All information about applying to and being accepted by MIT is on the Admissions website, Exam scores are just one element used in admissions decisions; there is no formula.

Q. Can I get MIT credit for my AP classes?

A. MIT currently offers credit for high scores on some AP exams—not for AP classes. See the AP page on this site for general information, and the Class of 2020 website for current details. Note that Advanced Placement policies are reviewed each year and may be different by the time you begin at MIT.

Q. I took some college classes while I was in high school and I would like to seek MIT transfer credit for my work. What do I need to do?

A. Nothing now. If you are accepted to study at MIT, you can seek transfer credit from MIT's academic departments. Several Science departments review transfer credit requests during the summer before students arrive on campus; the rest do so after classes begin. Departments cannot review requests before you become a student here. See the Transfer Credit page for further information.

Q. I'm taking some classes that count for both my high school diploma and credit at a local university. Can I get MIT credit for these?

A. Such dual enrollment programs are increasingly popular. As long as a college or university documents your study on its official transcript, it is eligible for MIT credit. Each case, however, is reviewed individually by the appropriate MIT academic department; departments have the final say on what study earns credit. (MIT's Math Department does not grant credit for any dual enrollment study.)

Q. What can I study at MIT?

A. Please take a look at the Degrees and Programs page of this site and see the detailed information on MIT degrees and programs in the Online MIT Course Catalog. See also the Education page of the main MIT site.

Q. Where can I learn more about applying to MIT?

A. Please visit the MIT Admissions website.

Q. Where can I learn more about MIT Financial Aid?

A. See the MIT Student Financial Services website for detailed information.