The first-year application is intended for students who have Note that we do not formally require you to have graduated or earned a GED, though you may well choose to! their secondary education and wish to pursue a bachelor’s degree as a full-time university student. Students may apply during or after their final year of secondary education, but may not apply using the first-year application if they have Exceptions may be granted to students in the southern hemisphere, on an alternate calendar, who begin their college education <em>while</em> undergoing our application process.
Please note that MIT does not award second bachelor’s degrees—even if you are interested in pursuing a different field of study from the bachelor’s degree you hold.
By contrast, the transfer application is intended for students who have finished high school and completed at least one year of college. If you are still in high school, you are considered a first-year applicant regardless of how many classes you may have taken at the university level.
If you are ineligible for either first-year or transfer admission, or simply prefer to seek other routes to and through MIT, you may consider exploring some of our options for continuing and professional education.
One application per entry year
Students may only submit one application per entry year. Students who are denied Early Action are not eligible to apply Regular Action. Learn more about the two application cycles.
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