Guide for Writing Readmission Letters
Below are guidelines for the different types of letters we ask students to submit when applying for readmission to MIT. Please contact Student Support Services for clarification or questions.
MIT Academic Letters
A student who is applying for readmission from any type of withdrawal is required to prepare a semester-by-semester academic plan for graduation and have this plan reviewed by his/her academic department. We also ask that a letter from the MIT advisor or academic department be sent to Student Support Services as part of the readmission application. The letter should comment on the student's suitability for readmission, his/her proposed academic plan for graduation, and a brief description of anything else that should be to be taken into consideration as the readmission decision is made.
Outside Medical/Mental Health Letters
A student who is applying for readmission from a Medical Withdrawal is required to submit letters from his/her treatment providers. MIT Medical and the Readmission Committee in Student Support Services review these letters. We ask that letters detail the length, frequency, focus, and nature of treatment and the student's level of stability. It is helpful for the Readmission Committee to receive an honest assessment of the student's readiness to return to a rigorous and stressful academic environment, along with how this assessment was made and the criteria that were used.
Honest impressions are critical in helping us making an informed decision about a student's readiness to return. After MIT Medical reviews the readmission application, they may also want to have a more detailed clinical discussion over the phone. It would be helpful if all appropriate releases are signed ahead of time to expedite the process. Ultimately, MIT Medical will provide a recommendation in writing to Student Support Services about the student's readiness to return to MIT.
Outside Academic Letters
A student who is applying for readmission from any type of withdrawal and who took classes is welcome to submit a letter from his/her professors. Letters should include dates the course was taken, a course description, and an assessment of the student's performance in the class. Letters should be written on university letterhead and signed.
Outside Employment Letters
A student who is applying for readmission from any type of withdrawal and who was employed during his/her time away is required to submit a letter from his/her employers. Letters should include dates of employment, description of responsibilities, hours per week, and an assessment of job performance. Letters should be written on company letterhead and signed.