Cross-Registration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Under the terms of our cross-registration agreement, Wellesley students may cross-register, during the fall and spring semesters, for those MIT courses for which they meet prerequisites, including both undergraduate and graduate courses. Courses students take at MIT count toward their Wellesley degrees and the grades from those courses are reported on the transcript, counted in the Wellesley GPA and included in the calculation of Latin Honors. MIT courses do not automatically fulfill Wellesley distribution requirements, count toward Wellesley majors, or receive 300-level credit.  Procedures for applying MIT courses to those requirements are described below. Students may also register for some Independent Activity Period (IAP) during wintersession. Wintersession IAP information can be found here.

The following restrictions on cross-registration apply:

  • Wellesley students may cross-register for no more than half of their total number of units in a given semester.
  • Wellesley normally does not permit students to enroll in the same Wellesley course for credit toward their Wellesley degree more than once. Effective in September 2016, the same policy applies to MIT courses:  students may not receive credit for the same course more than once, even when MIT students are permitted to do so. If a student, with permission of the instructor, does take a course for a second time, the grade for the second iteration of the course will be noted on the transcript, but will not factor into the grade point average, and the notation will indicate that no credit is awarded.
  • Students may take up to two units of UROP in one MIT course. Effective in September 2016, If a student, with permission of the instructor and the UROP office takes more than two UROPs in one MIT course, the grade for the later iteration of the course will be noted on the transcript, but will not factor into the grade point average, and the notation will indicate that no Wellesley credit is awarded.  
  • First-semester first-year students may not cross-register at MIT
  • Students cross-registering at MIT during their final semester should be aware that differences in academic calendars may result in delays in receipt of MIT grades that can delay degree processing until October (more info below).
  • The cross-registration program is not in effect for summer courses with the exception of UROPs for credit.  Students wishing to enroll in a summer UROP for credit may do so using the cross-registration system by bringing a completed cross-registration form to the registrar’s office. Wellesley students cross-registered for a summer UROP are required to pay the Wellesley Summer Session tuition for a one-unit course. Completion of cross-registration will generate a tuition bill for that course. Financial aid is not available.


Registration Procedures

There is no preregistration for MIT courses. Cross-registration takes place after the start of the semester. Note that the MIT academic calendar is not the same as the Wellesley calendar – choose carefully. Also note that MIT does not offer self-scheduled finals. The final exam schedule is issued at the end of the third week of term. The MIT exam period does not typically coincide with the Wellesley exam period.

Students should register for a full schedule of Wellesley courses until they are certain of enrolling in MIT courses. 

The MIT subject listing, schedule, and academic calendar may be found at the MIT Registrar's Office website.

  1. Complete the MIT cross-registration form and print out the completed form.
  2. Attend the first class meeting of the MIT class to seek approval from the MIT instructor. MIT requires the signature of the MIT instructor on your cross-registration form. NOTE: If registering for Calculus, Differential Equations, and Linear Algebra, visit the Undergraduate Math Office (2-108) to sign up for a recitation.
  3. Make of copy of your signed MIT cross-registration form.
  4. Submit the original signed MIT cross-registration form to the MIT Registrar's Office for official registration.
  5. Return the copy to the Wellesley Registrar's Office or email a PDF of the signed form to by the cross-registration deadline on the academic calendar.  MIT courses will not be added to your Wellesley record if this form isn't returned.
  6. You will also need to fill out a Transfer of Credit Form for any course you would like to use towards a Major, Minor or distribution requirement (including 300 level credit). The form can be accessed via MyWellesley >> Administrivia >> Transfer of Credit Requests & Approval
  7. Wellesley students may register for graduate level subjects at MIT provided they meet the prerequisites. In graduate subjects, especially at the Sloan School of Management, priority is given to MIT graduate students.  

The deadline to submit MIT paperwork to the Wellesley Registrar's Office is

  • Fall 2016 Courses: Friday, September 23, 2016 at 4:30pm
  • Wintersession IAP 2017: Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 at 4:30pm
  • Spring 2017: Friday, February 17, 2017 at 4:30pm

Dropping, Withdrawing, Taking a course Credit/Non

Wellesley students who cross-register into MIT are responsible for maintaining parallel registration at both Wellesley and MIT for all MIT courses. This requires officially registering at both institutions and making any registration changes at both institutions.

Students are required to meet the published Wellesley deadlines for dropping and withdrawing from courses. You can drop MIT courses from your Wellesley registration using Banner Self Service. You can drop MIT courses with MIT by emailing You must drop the course on both campuses.

Students may withdraw from Wellesley courses by completing a paper form in the Wellesley registrar’s office. You must contact the MIT Registrar's office ( for information about late drops at MIT.

Students may declare an MIT course to be taken on a credit/non basis, using Banner Self-Service, and must do so by the Wellesley deadline.

Fall 2016

  • Credit/Non Deadline: Friday, September 30th @ 11:00PM
  • Drop Deadline: Friday, September 30th @ 11:00PM
  • Withdraw Deadline: Monday, December 12th @ 4:30PM

Winter 2017

  • Withdraw Deadline: Monday, January 23rd @ 4:30PM

Spring 2017

  • Credit/Non Deadline: Friday, February 24th @ 11:00PM
  • Drop Deadline: Friday, February 24th @ 11:00PM
  • Withdraw Deadline: Thursday, May 4th @ 4:30PM

Units of Credit and Grades

The MIT subject listing and schedule gives the time distribution of each course as a series of three numbers – e.g. (4 2 6).  The first number represents the hours of class per week; the second is the hours per week of laboratory; and the third is the hours per week of preparation. The sum of these three digits is the number of MIT credits given for the course.

The conversion between MIT credits and Wellesley units is as follows:

6 – 8.99 MIT credits equals 0.5 Wellesley unit

9 – 14.99 MIT credits equals 1.0 Wellesley unit

15 – 17.99 MIT credits equals 1.25 Wellesley units

18 – 24 MIT credits equals 2 Wellesley units.

It is also possible to audit or "listen" to an MIT course without receiving credit.

Grades in MIT courses are presented on the Wellesley transcript and used for all calculations for which Wellesley grades are used. MIT does not report plus (+) or (-) grades for transcripts. Wellesley students may designate an MIT course credit/non-credit through the Wellesley system, and must meet the Wellesley deadline.

Students will not receive letter grades for MIT courses which are offered mandatory Pass/Fail. 

Using MIT courses to complete degree and major requirements

No MIT course automatically fulfills a distribution, 300-level or major requirement for your Wellesley degree. Those uses of the MIT courses require explicit approval, even when the course is similar to a Wellesley course. Students request this using the Transfer Credit Request on MyWellesley. To apply a course to a major, students should also include it on the major declaration/confirmation form, also available on MyWellesley. 

MIT Courses in the Final Semester

It is important to review the academic calendar of the host institutions when deciding to cross-register at Babson, Brandeis, MIT, or Olin during your final semester. All final grades for seniors must be submitted to the Registrar's Office by the Wellesley deadline. The final exam schedules and grading deadlines at the other institutions may not align with this deadline and may result in your degree being delayed until October 2017. The MIT deadlines will impact seniors.  

If your official grade is received from the Registrar's Office at the host institution by the senior grading deadline (Thursday, May 18, 2017) your grade will be processed in time for commencement.

If your official grade is received after the senior grading deadline (Thursday, May 18, 2017) but before Friday, June 2, 2017 at noon your record will be reviewed for degree completion after commencement and, if your degree requirements are complete, we will mail your May 2017 diploma to you. You will not be able to get your diploma at commencement and your Latin Honors eligibility won't be determined in time to be included in the commencement program.

If your official grade is received after Friday, June 2, 2017 at noon your record will be reviewed in October and your graduation date will be October 2017.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)

UROP enables students to join the research efforts of MIT faculty in a number of departments (normally available to juniors and seniors). Students considering a UROP project must study the UROP Handbook which is available on the web (see above link). Pay particular attention to the section that pertains to Wellesley Students. Current research opportunities are posted on the UROP web pages and at the UROP office at MIT. Wellesley's Center for Work and Service may have information as well.

Summer 2016 UROP

Students wishing to enroll in a summer UROP for credit may do so using the cross-registration system by bringing a completed cross-registration form to the registrar’s office. This process must be completed by June 24, 2016. Wellesley students cross-registered for a summer UROP are required to pay the Wellesley Summer Session tuition for a one-unit course. Completion of cross-registration will generate a tuition bill for that course. For Summer 2016, that tuition is $2,375.  Financial aid is not available.

Wintersession IAP

Winter IAP information can be found here.

Physical Education

Wellesley students may take MIT physical education classes. Schedules for these classes are available in the MIT Physical Education Office (W35-297) on Vassar Street. In order to enroll in MIT PE classes, Wellesley students must purchase an Athletic card. This card gives access to all Athletic facilities for classes and recreational sports throughout the academic year. Interested students should register early. In order to insure transfer of PE credits to Wellesley, students must inform the MIT Physical Education office that they are Wellesley students seeking Physical Education credit.

Computing, Dining, Transportation and Libraries

Athena Accounts

The Athena computing environment is MIT's campus-wide, networked system available to all MIT students, faculty, and staff. An MIT e-mail account (called an Athena account) will allow you to access class websites, participate in MIT’s subject evaluation process, and use WebSIS. To register for an e-mail account, you need a personal account coupon. To obtain your account coupon bring your MIT ID Card to the Student Services Center, 11-120, or the Athena User Accounts Office, Building N42, 211 Massachusetts Avenue, near Vassar Street.
Once you have your e-mail account, go to WebSIS and provide your emergency contact information.


To enable students to participate in the Wellesley-MIT Exchange, Wellesley operates free weekday bus service between the two campuses. You must show your Wellesley ID card to board the bus. Guests of Wellesley students who wish to ride the Exchange Bus must present a ticket or token to the bus driver before boarding. Information regarding schedules for the Exchange Bus is available at the Information Bureau, Wang Campus Center, at http://www.housingtransp/transportation/shuttlebuses or by calling the Transportation Hotline, Ext. 2318.


Students formally registered in fall and spring semester classes have a meal credit preloaded on their MIT OneCard good for one meal per day Monday through Friday. The meal credit can only be used once per day regardless of how much of the credit value was used. 

Please visit the following webpage for more details:


By showing a Wellesley ID, students may use the MIT libraries. A Wellesley student does not have to be cross-registered to use library facilities. A copy of the "Guide to MIT libraries" is available at any MIT library.