Cross-Registration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Wellesley College students may cross-register for courses at MIT that have been approved by the appropriate Wellesley academic department and for which they will receive credit toward their degree. Please follow the instructions below.

The MIT subject listing and schedule and academic calendar may be found at the MIT Registrar's Office website. Academic Calendars for Exchange Schools (Wellesley, MIT, Babson, Brandeis and Olin) Be sure to review calendar dates carefully because MIT is not on the same academic calendar as Wellesley College. NOTE: If you do not complete your MIT registration by the designated dates, you will have to petition Wellesley's Academic Review Board for approval of late registration and pay a late registration fee at MIT. There is no pre-registration for MIT subjects.

Wintersession IAP information can be found here.

Wellesley students who cross-register into MIT are responsible for maintaining parallel registration at both Wellesley and MIT for all MIT courses. This means officially registering at both schools. In addition, any changes must be made at both schools.

Cross-Registration Process

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 the transfer of credit form and follow the instructions to seek Wellesley College departmental approval, if you would like to use the course for distribution, a major, or 300-level credit.

The deadline to submit MIT paperwork to the Wellesley Registrar's Office is Monday,
September 22, 2014 at 4:30pm (for Fall 2014 courses), Friday, January 9 at 4:30pm
(for Wintersession IAP 2015 courses) and Monday February 9, 2015 at 4:30pm
(for Spring 2015 courses).

Summer registration at MIT is not part of the cross-registration program.  If you are interested in taking MIT courses during the summer, please complete the traditional Transfer of Credit process.  These courses will be considered as transfer courses.

Dropping Classes

Students are required to meet the published Wellesley deadlines to drop MIT courses. You can drop MIT courses (with Wellesley) through Banner Self-Service.  You can drop MIT courses (with MIT) by emailing  You must drop with both BOTH campuses.

The deadline for dropping an MIT subject is the same date as the Wellesley drop date
(Monday, September 29, 2014 at 11:00pm for Fall 2014 courses and Monday,
February 23, 2015 at 11:00pm for Spring 2015 courses).

Units of Credit

The MIT subject listing and schedule gives the time distribution of each course - e.g. (4 2 6). The sum of the 3 digits equals the number of MIT credits. The first digit represents the number of hours per week of class; the second stands for the hours per week of laboratory, and the third are the number of hours of preparation.

6-8.99 MIT credits equal .5 Wellesley unit
9-14.99 MIT credits equal 1 Wellesley unit
15-17.99 MIT credits equal 1.25 Wellesley units
18-24 MIT credits equal 2 Wellesley units

It is also possible to take a subject without receiving credit -- auditing or "listening." MIT courses are available to students after their first semester at Wellesley. Students may take up to two courses per semester, regardless of the number of units per subject.

Graduate Subjects

Wellesley students may take graduate-level subjects at MIT provided they have met the necessary pre-requisites. Please review the MIT Bulletin for detailed information regarding pre-requisites. Also note that in graduate subjects, particularly at the Sloan School of Management, priority is given to MIT graduate students. It is a good idea to register for and attend a fifth subject at Wellesley until you know the final status of your MIT subject registration.


If you intend to use an MIT subject toward your Wellesley major, you must contact the Chair of your major department to check on any restrictions which may apply. You also need Wellesley approval to use an MIT subject to fulfill a Wellesley requirement or to receive 300-level credit. NOTE: 350 Research or Individual Study is a Wellesley subject and may NOT be pursued at MIT with an MIT faculty member supervising.

Final Exams

Final examinations at MIT are not offered on a self-scheduled basis. The final examination schedule is issued at the end of the third week of the term. Note: the MIT final exam period does not typically coincide with the Wellesley exam period.


Grades earned at institutions other than Wellesley ordinarily do not appear on the Wellesley transcript. However, because of the unique cross-registration program between Wellesley and MIT, grades earned in MIT subjects do appear on the Wellesley transcript, they are counted in your Wellesley GPA, and they are included in the calculation of Latin honors. MIT does not award plus (+) or minus (-) after a letter grade, although they do use them for some internal purposes. Students receive letter grades at MIT except when they take UROPs or subjects in the Undergraduate Seminar Series (mandatory Pass/Fail) or when they choose to have a letter grade converted according to Wellesley's "Credit/Non-Credit" system. Students must designate a subject Credit/Non-Credit by the Wellesley deadline to elect an MIT subject Credit/Non-Credit. At the end of the term, grades are sent to the Wellesley Registrar.

Senior Grades

Seniors must have their MIT grades for Spring semester courses recorded in time to meet Wellesley’s graduation deadline.  For May 2014 graduation, senior grades are due to the Wellesley Registrar's Office by noon on Friday, May 23, 2014.  This deadline is during the MIT final exam period and may result in your degree being delayed until October 2014.  

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.

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.

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.


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. If you are cross-registered, you may also get an MIT ID card at the Stratton Student Center (Bldg. W20, Lower Level).

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