What you need to know

The Institute has decided that seniors will be the only undergraduates invited to campus for the Fall 2020 semester. A small number of other undergraduates will have the opportunity to request campus housing due to special circumstances. Graduate students have already begun to return to conduct research and should work with their departments directly to make plans for the upcoming term.

Read President Reif’s July 7 letter to the MIT community and view the Frequently Asked Questions for information about what life on campus will look like this fall. The Academic Policy and Regulations Team (APART) has additionally outlined Emergency Academic Regulations and grading policies for the fall term.

The following outlines how decisions affect fall academics.


Subjects that can be taught remotely will be taught remotely. Some classes will have in-person components. Academic continuity resources can be found on our website.

Subject offerings

The fall Subject Listing & Schedule was published on Friday, July 17. Subjects with an in-person component will list a classroom. Virtual subjects and sections will be listed as virtual. For subjects that are being held on campus, but in-person attendance is not required, the description will contain a note to that effect.

While many departments are still planning their fall subjects, some have published lists outlining modality and requirements including Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Chemistry, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Physics, Economics: undergraduate and graduate, MathematicsMusic and Theater Arts, and the Edgerton Center.


Pre-registration for continuing students will open on Monday, July 20. The deadline for continuing students to select preferences for fall CI-H/CI-HW subject is Friday, July 31. The deadline to complete pre-registration is Friday, August 14. First-year students will register as part of their orientation activities.


For MIT students: MIT undergraduates will be allowed to cross-register for remote classes at Harvard, and Wellesley during the fall term. Students should review the instructions and deadlines specific to each institution.

For non-MIT students: Cross-registration opportunities will be available during the fall semester for remote classes only. Instructors will also have the discretion to refuse cross-registration requests if they cause an undue burden on class availability and capacity.

Academic Calendar

The fall term will begin one week earlier than is typical. There will be 64 class days in total, 14 weeks of instruction, a four-day reading period, and five-day final examination period.

To enable returning students to test for Covid-19 and to quarantine, all instruction (graduate and undergraduate) will be delivered remotely during the first week of classes (September 1-7).

  • Registration Day for Fall 2020 will take place on Monday, August 31 with classes starting September 1 and continuing through Friday, November 20.
  • The Labor Day (9/7), Indigenous Peoples Day (10/12), and Veterans Day (11/11) holidays remain in effect.
  • Thanksgiving break will begin on Saturday, November 21 and will continue through Sunday, November 29.
  • Students will not return after the Thanksgiving break and instruction will be remote through the last day of classes on December 9.
  • Remote final exams will take place over a normal five-day period, December 14-18.

An updated version of the Academic Calendar is now available.


The Academic Policy and Regulations Team (APART) has determined that a letter grading system with extra flexibility is in effect for the fall term. Review details and policies by year on our Fall 2020 Grading page.


Tuition for the fall and spring semesters has reverted to the 2019-2020 rate and students will not be charged a student life fee this year. Updated tuition information can be found on our website.

Leaves of absence

Undergraduates interested in taking a leave of absence should reach out to Student Support Services (S^3) to discuss their options. Graduate students should consult with their department and the Office of Graduate Education.