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MIT Cross-registration Instructions for Harvard Students

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General Information
Graduating Student Advisory
Choosing a Subject
Deadlines
How to Cross-register
Dropping an MIT Subject
Grading

 

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General Information

NEW! Starting on February 2, Harvard students will use the Harvard online cross-registration petition to cross-register for spring subjects at MIT. Paper cross-registration forms will no longer be needed. Please see the detailed instructions below.

Cross-registration is not available during MIT’s summer session or during Independent Activites Period (IAP).

The cross-registration program is not available to students from the Harvard Extension School or Harvard Summer School.

Harvard students may not cross-register for the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP).

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Important Advisory for Graduating Students

Graduating students cross-registering for classes during the spring term should be aware that MIT's term finishes later than Harvard's. This means grades for MIT classes may not be available before degree decisions are made at Harvard. Cross-registering for an MIT class in your graduating term is not recommended if your graduation depends on the class.

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Choosing a Subject

Information on MIT’s dates and deadlines is available on the Academic Calendar.

Class descriptions, meeting times, and locations can be found on the Subject Listing and Schedule. The schedule for the fall term is published during the last week of April; the spring schedule is published during the last week of November.

The final exam schedule is issued at the end of the third week of the term.

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Deadlines

You must meet the earlier of MIT’s or your Harvard school’s cross-registration and add/drop deadlines. See the MIT Academic Calendar.

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How to Cross-register

  1. Follow Harvard's instructions to create and submit the online cross-registration petition beginning February 2. (TIP: you can search for MIT subjects by selecting MIT from the school drop down menu on the Harvard Course Catalog)

  2. If you are notified that your petition is approved, you may obtain an MIT ID Card from the MIT Card Office in the basement of the Stratton Student Center, W20-021. You will need to present a valid passport or US Government issued picture ID, such as a driver's license.

  3. To gain access to MIT online services such as Stellar and WebSIS, you must first register an MIT email (Athena) account and install MIT web certificates on your browser. Both steps require entry of your MIT ID number, which can be found on your MIT ID card (see step 2).

    To obtain an MIT email account and web certificate:

    Once you have your certificates installed, please go to WebSIS and provide your emergency contact information.

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Dropping an MIT Subject

If you wish to drop the MIT subject for which you have cross-registered, follow the add/drop procedures at your home school. Harvard will notify MIT of your drop.

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Grading

Harvard graduate students may not choose to take MIT subjects on a pass/fail basis.

Harvard undergraduates must obtain the permission of the Harvard Registrar’s Office to take MIT subjects on a pass/fail basis.

When reporting grades, plus and minus modifiers are used at MIT for internal purposes only. They do not appear on MIT transcripts and are not used in the calculation of students’ grade point averages. As they form no part of the MIT grading system for external purposes, plus and minus modifiers are not reported to the Harvard Registrar’s Office.

If you have any questions about cross-registration at MIT, please contact the MIT Registrar’s Office.

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