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Process & Statistics

Admissions Statistics

We love data at MIT. Reliable data, properly contextualized, can help people understand complex systems and make informed decisions. So, a few years ago, we began publishing admissions statistics well beyond those already contributed by MIT Institutional Research to the standard Common Data Set

It is important to understand, however, that these numbers do not determine our admissions process but are the result of our process. In our holistic admissions process, we consider quantifications like test scores, but we also care deeply about factors like your match with MIT. Qualitative characteristics like these are much harder (perhaps impossible) to quantify and are therefore not included in the tables below despite their centrality to our process. This is the inherent difficulty with data: it only represents what the systems producing it are capable of capturing and reproducing, and thus always tells an incomplete story. 

But just as a gnarled branch may still serve as a perfectly adequate walking stick, we believe that these statistics, twisty though they may be, can still guide you to and through a better understanding of our process. The most important thing to remember is that at MIT we admit people, not numbers; with that in mind, here are some numbers about the people we admit.

Admissions statistics for the class entering in the fall of 2017
(see also Incoming Freshman Class Profile)

General

Freshman applications 20,247
Freshman admits 1,452
Percentage admitted 7.2%

Early Action

Early Action applicants 8,413
Admitted Early Action 657
Deferred to Regular Action 5,966
Deferred applicants admitted
during Regular Action
225

Regular Action

Regular Action applicants 11,834
Total considered during Regular Action (including deferred students) 17,800
Admitted Regular Action
(including deferred students)
781 (plus 14 wait list)
Offered a place on the wait list 527

Wait List

Applicants offered a place on the wait list 527
Number admitted from the wait list 14

U.S. Citizens/Permanent Residents

Applied 15,594
Admitted 1,317

International Students

Applied 4,653
Admitted 135

Middle 50% Score Range of Admitted Students (25th and 75th percentiles)
Note: using new SAT (or old concorded to new)

SAT Math [770, 800]
SAT EBRW [730, 780]
ACT Math [34, 36]
ACT English [34, 36]
ACT Composite [34, 35]

Distribution of SAT Scores (Math)

  Applicants Admits Admit rate
750-800 9,341 971 10%
700-740 2,430 77 3%
650-690 1,296 7 1%
600-640 577 0 0%
< 600 446 0 0%

Distribution of SAT Scores (EBRW)

  Applicants Admits Admit rate
750-800 5,409 677 13%
700-740 4,020 271 7%
650-690 2,441 82 3%
600-640 1,300 24 2%
< 600 920 1 0%

Distribution of ACT Scores (Composite)

  Applicants Admits Admit rate
34-36 5,501 599 11%
31-33 2,934 147 5%
28-30 962 28 3%
25-27 398 3 1%
< 25 277 0 0%

Distribution of ACT Scores (Math)

  Applicants Admits Admit rate
34-36 6,094 640 11%
31-33 2,261 123 5%
28-30 1,036 14 1%
25-27 510 0 0%
< 25 171 0 0%

Distribution of ACT Scores (English)

  Applicants Admits Admit rate
34-36 6,272 629 10%
31-33 1,789 83 5%
28-30 976 45 5%
25-27 557 17 3%
< 25 478 3 1%

Other sources of data for MIT

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