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 web certificates, and be able to access important MIT information. 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.


Transfer students have the option of selecting MIT Housing or off-campus housing. The MIT Undergraduate Housing Office will contact you at the beginning of January explaining the housing selection process. You will then have the opportunity to fill out a Housing Request Form submission deadlineby of January 13, 2017.

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.

Declaration of Major

When you are admitted as a transfer student, you enter the Institute with a declared major. This provides you with the opportunity to be part of an academic department and to be advised by an MIT faculty member. Upon enrollment, we expect you to confirm your intended major with Leslie Bottari. She will direct you to the Undergraduate Administrator of your academic department, who will be your primary contact.

If you change your major selection at any point prior to arrival or within the first few weeks of classes, you need to inform Ms. Bottari as soon as possible to ensure the accuracy of your academic records.
As a transfer student, you may only declare one major upon enrollment to MIT. If you are interested in double majoring, you may declare it after completing one semester at MIT. Although it is possible for transfer students to double major, it can be challenging to complete dual degrees within 3 years. If you need an additional semester(s) to complete a second major, you are not guaranteed financing and would need to visit your financial aid counselor for guidance.

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 January 13, 2017.