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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.



Your first year academic schedule will be a mix of the GIRs and classes that help you explore possible majors and minors. The GIRs provide foundational scientific knowledge that all MIT graduates need and may serve as pre-requisites to courses in your major, while major exploration classes offer more opportunities for hands-on learning and conversations with professors in a possible field of interest.