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Your first year at MIT will open the door to many intellectual, social, and cultural challenges and opportunities. 

First Year Academics


Explore this section for detailed information on first year academics— from the classes that all MIT undergraduates must fulfill as part of the General Institute Requirements, to details on receiving credit for previous study, the special policies related to freshman credit limits and grading, resources for major exploration, and more.

Much of your first year academic schedule will involve the GIRs. The GIRs lay the foundation for study within the major you declare this spring. In second semester, you may start to add departmental subjects or other classes that will help you explore your anticipated major.