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Your first year at MIT will change how you see the world

  • DON'T STRESS ABOUT GRADES

    Fun fact: your first semester at MIT has no grades. Crazy, right? Instead of grades, you take classes on a pass/no record basis: if you pass the class you get a “pass” on your transcript; and if you don’t, there is no record that you took it. The second semester works in a similar way, except you earn letter grades instead of “passing,” but if you do not pass, the class does not show up on your transcript. This is meant to not only give you time to adjust to college-level courses and not stress about it, but also explore MIT and Boston/Cambridge as a whole, so take advantage of it!

  • LEARN IN A CLOSE-KNIT COMMUNITY

    Coming to MIT can feel like going from a small pond to a vast ocean when it comes to classes, social life, and navigating a new city. But fear not! If it seems like an overwhelming transition, joining a first-year learning community (FLC) may be the perfect solution. FLCs are smaller academic groups where students focus on their subjects through a particular lens, like sustainability or humanities. There are three different FLCs to choose from: Terrascope, Experimental Study Group (ESG), and Concourse. Each one makes the college transition a little bit easier by giving you a supportive community of peers to study with, socialize with, and complain about psets with from day one.

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