Withdrawals and Readmission
There are many reasons why undergraduates may need or wish to take time away from the Institute. There may be personal or medical issues interfering with their academics; opportunities for professional experience, such as an internship; family or community commitments; or the desire to just take a break. The deans in S3 are available to talk with you about your situation, and to guide you through the process of taking time away, and returning. Before leaving the Institute, you should have a clear understanding of what is required before requesting readmission. Call or stop by S3 to arrange an appointment with a dean. Consultation with a dean is required in order to process a withdrawal.
There are three types of withdrawals:
- Voluntary Withdrawal: A Voluntary Withdrawal may be appropriate for a student wishing to take time away for any non-medically related reason.
- Medical Withdrawal: A Medical Withdrawal is appropriate when medical issues are interfering with a student's ability to participate in campus life including, but not limited to, an inability to complete or make satisfactory progress towards Institute requirements.
- Required Withdrawal: A Required Withdrawal is voted on by the Committee on Academic Performance at the end of the Fall and Spring terms, and requires a student, who is not making satisfactory academic progress, to be away for at least one academic year (two regular terms).
Comprehensive information about Voluntary, Medical, and Required Withdrawals, including the Readmission process can be found on this site as well as in the MIT Undergraduate Withdrawal and Readmission Guide (PDF).