What you need to know

The Academic Calendar for Spring 2021 has been approved by the Chair of the Faculty. This calendar was developed by the Office of the Vice Chancellor, the Registrar, and the Academic Policy and Regulations Team (APART) after consultation with key students, staff, and faculty. Read the notice on MIT Now.

For information about what campus life will look like this spring, visit MIT Now. The Academic Policy and Regulations Team (APART) has additionally outlined Emergency Academic Regulations and Recommendations (EARs) and grading policies for the spring term. The following outlines how decisions affect spring academics.


While the majority of teaching will be virtual, there will be in-person instruction available to students who live on campus, seniors with approved access, and graduate students who are in Covid Pass.

Subject offerings

The spring Subject Listing & Schedule is now available. 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.


Some departments have published subject modality lists including ChemistryElectrical Engineering and Computer Science; Brain and Cognitive Sciences; Chemical Engineering; Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences; Economics: undergraduate, graduate, and Masters; Management; Mathematics; Comparative Media Studies (CMS); Global Languages; Music and Theater Arts; Linguistics; Philosophy; the Edgerton Center; Health Sciences and Technology; Science, Technology, and Society; and Supply Chain Management.

Please be aware that spring offerings, including in-person components, are subject to change. 


Pre-registration for continuing students will open on Tuesday, December 1.


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

For non-MIT students: Cross-registration opportunities will be available during the spring 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 spring term will begin two weeks later than is typical. There will be 62 class days in total, a three-day reading period, and a four-day final examination period.

To enable returning students to test for Covid-19 and to quarantine, all instruction will be delivered remotely during the first two weeks of classes.

  • Registration Week will begin on Monday, February 8 and end on Friday, February 12 with classes starting on February 16 and continuing through May 20.
  • In-person instruction may begin on March 1.
  • The Presidents’ Day (2/15), Patriots’ Day (4/19), and Memorial Day (5/31) holidays remain in effect.
  • There will be no spring break. Instead, six break days have been interspersed during the semester.
  • Final exams will take place over a four-day period, May 24-27.
  • Commencement will take place on Friday, June 4.

An updated version of the Spring 2021 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 Spring 2021. Please visit our Spring 2021 Grading page for more information.


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 (OGE).