MIT: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
for transfer students
The First Year at MIT

Countdown to Campus: Before You Arrive

This page lists information that you need to do before you arrive. You will find information on your Athena account, financial aid, medical and transfer credit.

Athena Account & Kerberos ID

You will receive a personalized Kerberos ID/Athena account coupon from the Admissions Office. This coupon provides information on how to register for an account. Once you register, you may obtain as obtain web certificates, and be able to access important MIT information. If you are on campus or local, you can also make arrangements to pick your Kerberos ID by contacting Leslie Bottari. Visit the IS&T web site for complete information and a step-by-step guide on computing at MIT for students. You must also register for MIT Duo two-factor authentication for Touchstone by June 15.

MIT ID/Meal Card

MIT will provide you with your official MIT ID card when you arrive. Therefore, we ask that you submit a photo of yourself using the MIT MyCard site by June 15. Visit the site and click Submit ID Photo link. The specifications for the size and quality of photo are provided on this site as well.

If you do not follow the instructions provided on the MyCard site, a temporary ID card will be issued. You will then have visit the MIT Card Office located in the basement of Stratton Student Center (W20-021) when you arrive on campus to have your photo taken and receive your permanent ID. The MIT Card Office and TechCASH Office are open 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday except on the first and third Friday of every month when the hours of operation are 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM.


Transfer students have the option of selecting MIT Housing or off-campus housing. The MIT Undergraduate Housing Office will contact you mid-July explaining the housing selection process. You will then have the opportunity to fill out a Housing Request Form with a submission deadline in mid-July.

Credit for Previous Study

The process for obtaining MIT credit for study at your previous university is outlined in the Credit for Previous Study section. 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. Preparation for the transfer credit process should begin prior to your arrival to MIT.

Declared Major

Once you enroll, we expect you to confirm your intended major with Leslie Bottari, in July. She will put you in contact with the Undergraduate Administrator of your academic department prior to your arrival. The Undergraduate Administrator will be your primary contact in your new department and assign you to a faculty advisor to assist you with spring registration.

Financial Aid

MIT Student Financial Services can provide you with all the information that you need about your finances at MT including financial aid, tuition, and fees. If you are applying for financial aid from MIT, you should visit the pages on financial aid for prospective transfers. You and your parents will want to know what the tuition billing dates are for the spring by visiting the Billing section.

Students at MIT are assigned Financial Service Representatives, according to the letters of their last name. They will be able to assist you with your questions about financial aid applications, eligibility, awards, your student account and tuition payments.

Medical Report

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 can be downloaded online and must be submitted by July 29, 2016.