Being trans@MIT

LBGTQ+ Services staff work with various MIT offices and administrators to explore, assess, and improve the areas of MIT policy and community life where trans concerns may be better addressed. If you experience anything at MIT that does not appear to be in concert with MIT's policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of gender identity, please contact us. LBGTQ+ Services staff is available to advise and assist MIT community members with any trans-related challenges that occur on campus.

Swim Test

MIT has a swim requirement for all students.  There is a swim test that consists of jumping into the pool feet first and swimming 100 yards continuously. To take the swim test, go to the Zesiger Center pool deck (don't forget your MIT ID card). Upon arrival, notify the lifeguard you wish to take the test; they will alert the manager on duty. There is also the option to take a beginner swimcourse to fulfill the swim requirement. See the list of current quarter beginner swim class offerings.
If you have concerns about the swim requirement or questions about how the swim test can be accommodating and/or gender affirming  in a safe and supportive way, you can directly reach out to:  
You can also email LBGTQ+ Services at,if you need additional support or would like the office to email DAPER on your behalf.