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

Countdown to Campus: Frequently Asked Questions

The following are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) from transfer students along with the associated responses.

Q: How do I get to MIT from Logan Airport?

A: If you don’t want to take a taxi cab (at least $40), take the MBTA from the airport to MIT. Look for the Silver Line, which is actually a bus. You can pay your fare on the bus. Get off at the last stop, South Station. At South Station follow signs to the Red Line inbound platform (trains toward Alewife). Ride the train for five stops, to Kendall/MIT. Your dorm will be a 10-20 minute walk away. Use the online campus map to locate Kendall Square and your dorm.

Q: What type of transportation does MIT provide for students?

A: Most students walk from their dorm to main campus. Those who live in dorms that are farther from main campus often have their own bikes. The Institute provides several shuttle services through and beyond campus.

Q: What type of furniture is already in the dorm and what size beds so that I know what to buy?

A: Dorms usually have a desk with drawers, a chair (wooden; you might consider getting a cushion for it), a twin XL mattress (extra-long mattresses) and bed frame (sheets/linens not included), a closet of some form for hanging clothes, shelves, drawers for clothes, and a trash can.

Q: What class year will I be a part of (e.g. freshman, sophomore, etc.) when I transfer to MIT?

A: All transfers to MIT have 3 years (6 semesters) to graduate. Whether you transfer in the fall or the spring of your sophomore year, you are admitted and classified as a sophomore initially. If you have completed more than 1 year of college work and much of your credit is transferred, you may request a reclassification of your status from the Registrar. If you receive a lot of transfer credit and you are ready to graduate after 2 years rather than 3, you will need to file the application to graduate before Add Date of your final semester.

Each graduating class elects a Class council that organizes social events, study breaks and class ring delivery (the MIT "brass rat"). To be included in events with your class, you should send an email to the Class council informing them that you are a transfer student who plans to graduate with your particular class year. For example, if you plan to graduate in 2017, you would send an email to

Q: Will I receive financial aid if it takes me more than 3 years to complete my degree?

A: While MIT expects transfer students to complete their degree in 3 years, some transfer students might need an extra semester or more to complete their degree requirements. You do not need to be overly concerned about this for a while. Most transfer students are able to finish within 3 years. If you need additional time, you should visit your financial aid counselor for assistance.

Q: How many classes do you recommend transfer students take?

A: Although upperclassmen are not on a credit limit, we caution you to take a reasonable workload in your first semester at MIT. Classes are rigorous regardless of your college preparation at a former institution. The recommendation is that you take 3 (12 units each) technical subjects and 1 HASS your first term. Registering for 48 units will allow you time to adjust to the rapid pace of MIT and figure out how you will manage your time. This will also offer you the opportunity to explore extracurricular activities such as student groups, sports or musical groups.

Q: What is this "Sophomore Exploratory Option"?

A: Even the most focused students might not come to MIT knowing exactly what that they want to do with their degree. MIT provides sophomores with the opportunity to explore a little, and find what really interests them by taking one subject per term where the grade can be removed. For more details about the process, you may visit the Registrars' web site: