AP & Transfer Credit


Many MIT students have done college-level study while in high school. Some of this study is eligible for MIT credit and/or placement, depending on the setting and your achievement as measured by test scores or grades.  This section details how MIT grants placement and credit for:

Types of Credit Awarded

Credit for previous study is awarded as either the equivalent MIT subject (for example, 18.01 for a score of 5 on the AP Calculus BC exam) or unrestricted elective credit, at the discretion of the department granting credit. All such credit appears on the transcript with a grade of S and does not count toward term or cumulative averages.

Repeating a Subject

If you receive subject credit for previous study and then register at MIT for any version of that subject, note the following consequences:

  • You lose the credit for previous study.
  • If the subject meets a General Institute Requirement (GIR) or departmental requirement you must pass the subject at MIT.
  • If you want to repeat 8.01 or 18.01, see the Physics or Mathematics sections of each page linked above for general elective credit granted in these cases.
  • The original credit for previous study can be reinstated only if you drop the matching subject before Add Date (fifth week of the term).

Additional Information

  • Credit policies are subject to change for each entering class and are posted in January of the entering year. Information currently provided applies only to the Class of 2021 entering September 2017.
  • Address questions not answered here regarding MIT's policies and procedures on credit for previous study to ap@mit.edu or 617-253-4164. 
  • Visit the MIT Admissions site for information on how previous study relates to Admissions decisions. UAAP cannot answer questions about qualifications for admission to MIT.