Academic Required Withdrawal
The faculty Committee on Academic Performance (CAP) reviews the academic performance of all undergraduates at the end of the Fall and Spring terms. Six faculty and three students serve as voting members of the Committee, with one of the faculty members serving as the Chair of the committee.
A Required Withdrawal is an action taken by the CAP whereby a student experiencing academic difficulties is asked to leave the Institute. Under the terms of a Required Withdrawal, a student takes at least one academic year (two regular terms) away from MIT and is expected to take at least two semesters of challenging courses at another four-year college or university receiving grades of B or better. A student cannot register again until s/he has been readmitted.
Important Information Regarding Required Withdrawals
- If you have received student loans you are required to contact Loan Services for an Exit Interview before leaving MIT (11-120; 617-253-3343). Failure to receive an Exit Interview will result in a hold being placed on any future registration.
- If you receive financial aid you should be in touch with the Student Financial Aid (11-120; 617-258-8600).
- Students are not eligible for MIT Student Health Insurance while on Required Withdrawal. Be sure to make other arrangements for insurance coverage. You may contact the MIT Health Plans Office (E23-308, 617-253-4371) for more information.
- International students should be in touch with the International Students Office (5-133, 617-253-3795) regarding their visa status.
- Students who are withdrawn from MIT are automatically ineligible for Institute approved housing. Students are expected to move out of MIT dorms/FSILG’s in a timely fashion. Contact Undergraduate Housing (W59-200; 617-253-2811) and your house manager to make arrangements for your departure.
- A dean will work with you to outline expectations regarding your time away from MIT. You should have a full understanding of these expectations at the time of your withdrawal. If circumstances change during withdrawal, it is not unusual for expectations to be added or modified by the deans. Decisions about withdrawal expectations or changes to withdrawal expectations are made together with the student, but the final decision rests with the deans in S3.
- There are requirements and deadlines for students requesting readmission to MIT.
- Required Withdrawal has the effect of suspending student status and terminating access to Institute services and privileges.
Please see the MIT Undergraduate Withdrawal and Readmission Guide for more information.