What you need to know
The Institute has decided that first-years, sophomores, and juniors will be invited back to campus for the Spring 2021 semester. Seniors facing special circumstances or hardship will be able to request campus housing, and graduate students should work with their departments directly to make plans for the upcoming term. Read Chancellor Cynthia Barnhart’s letter to the MIT Community about plans for the spring semester.
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.
Emergency academic regulations and policies (including spring grading) will be announced later this fall.
Additional details about spring academics will be added to this page as they become available.
While the majority of teaching will be virtual, there will be instruction available to students who live on campus.
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.
While many departments are still planning their spring offerings, our Spring 2021 Class Schedule Finder outlines modality and requirements to date. 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.
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.
- 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 yet to make a determination about spring 2021 grades. More information will be announced later this fall.
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).