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

Calendar and Deadlines

Before You Arrive

This page lists important information about how to set-up your Athena (MIT email) account, the transfer credit process, financial aid and medical information that you need to address prior to your arrival.

Athena Account & Kerberos ID:

If you have not already obtained one, you will receive a personalized Kerberos ID/Athena account coupon. This coupon provides information on how to register for an account. Once you register, you may obtain as possible and and to obtain web certificates, and be able to access important MIT information. If you are on campus or local, you can make arrangements to pick your Kerberos ID by contacting Leslie Bottari at or (617) 324-7600. If you experience problems registering for an account, please contact IS & T.

Transfer Credit

The process for obtaining MIT credit for study at your previous university is outlined in the Academics and Transfer credit section of this site. MIT will grant credit for some of your previous study, including scores on AP or international exams as well as courses passed at your previous university. We expect you to complete this process within your first month at MIT. Be sure to bring to campus any syllabi, names of textbooks, and other information that will help the appropriate department evaluate your work and possibly grant credit. If you have not already done so, please arrange right away to have an official and most recent transcript of your grades from your previous university sent to Stephen Pepper at this address:

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Office of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming 77 Massachusetts Avenue, 7-104 Cambridge, MA. 02139

Advanced Placement (AP) and International Exams

High scores on these exams meet the first half of MIT’s Calculus and Physics General Institute Requirements and provide general elective credit. In order to earn this credit you must ask the College Board or other examination agency to send your scores to MIT. Please begin that process now, see the AP page in the Academics and Transfer Credit section of this site for more details. For AP scores, reported electronically, see

Financial Aid

Students at MIT are assigned Financial Service Representatives, according to the letters of their last name. Your Financial Service Representatives will be able to assist you with your questions about financial aid applications, eligibility and awards and your student account and tuition payments. Financial Aid Counselors, Loan Counselors, and Student Account Counselors can be found on the Student Financial Services.

Medical Report Requirement

Massachusetts law requires new MIT students to meet a number of medical requirements before registering for classes. All new MIT students must give MIT a medical history signed by a physician, have a complete physical exam, and document immunity against certain diseases. Medical Report Forms must be can be downloaded online and must be submitted by January 20, 2012.