What you need to know

As a full-time MIT student, you may cross-register for classes at Harvard University, Wellesley College, and Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt). Each school has its own cross-registration rules and you should review them to learn if you are eligible. Cross-registration is available during the fall and spring terms.

Some key points to remember:

  • Generally, no more than half of your term registration may be taken at another institution.
  • Each school has its own rules and deadlines. You must meet the earlier of the two cross-registration and add/drop/change deadlines — MIT’s or the other institution’s.
  • Additionally, each school has its own grade deadlines. There may be a delay between when your MIT grades are posted and when grades from other institutions become available.
  • MIT students will not incur additional tuition costs when cross-registering at Harvard, Wellesley, or MassArt.

What you need to do

  • Make yourself aware of the guidelines, procedures, and deadlines for each institution to confirm that you are eligible to cross-register. There may be restrictions on which classes you can take. For example, first-year students are not eligible to cross-register at Harvard.
  • Review each school’s course catalog to find subjects of interest to you.
  • Learn how the other institution’s credits will convert to MIT units.
  • Complete your cross-registration form by the earlier of the two deadlines — MIT’s or the other institution’s.
  • Obtain your department’s approval, if necessary, in order to obtain GIR credit for a cross-registered subject.