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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 2015
(see also Incoming Freshman Class Profile)

General

Freshman Applications 18,306
Freshman Admits 1,519
Percentage Admitted 8%

Early action

Early action applicants 6,519
Admitted early action 625
Deferred to regular action 4,535
Deferred applicants admitted
during regular action
248

Regular action

Regular action applicants 11,787
Total considered during regular action (including deferred students) 16,322
Admitted regular action
(including deferred students)
842
Offered a place on the waitlist 652

Waitlist

Applicants accepting a place on the waitlist 575
Number admitted from the wait list 52

US citizens/permanent residents

Applied 14,335
Admitted 1,388

International students

Applied 3,971
Admitted 131

Middle 50% score range of admitted students (25th and 75th percentiles):

SAT Reasoning Test - Math [750, 800]
SAT Reasoning Test - Critical Reading [690, 790]
SAT Reasoning Test - Writing [700, 790]
ACT Math [34, 36]
ACT English [33, 35]
ACT Composite [33, 35]
SAT Subject Test - Math [770, 800]
SAT Subject Test - Science [740, 800]

Distribution of SAT Reasoning Test Scores (Math)

  Applicants Admits Admit rate
750-800 8,055 992 12%
700-740 2,460 184 7%
650-690 1,650 56 3%
600-640 781 3 0%
< 600 551 0 0%

Distribution of SAT Reasoning Test Scores (Critical Reading)

  Applicants Admits Admit rate
750-800 4,206 613 15%
700-740 3,037 296 10%
650-690 2,578 190 7%
600-640 1,725 91 5%
< 600 1,951 45 2%

Distribution of SAT Reasoning Test Scores (Writing)

  Applicants Admits Admit rate
750-800 4,524 649 15%
700-740 2,755 285 10%
650-690 2,669 196 7%
600-640 1,700 81 5%
<600 2,119 24 1%

Distribution of ACT Scores (Composite)

  Applicants Admits Admit rate
34-36 3,845 448 12%
31-33 2,667 184 7%
28-30 987 30 3%
25-27 338 5 1%
< 25 257 0 0%

Distribution of ACT Scores (Math)

  Applicants Admits Admit rate
34-36 4,909 557 11%
31-33 1,614 94 6%
28-30 996 16 2%
25-27 444 0 0%
< 25 181 0 0%

Distribution of ACT Scores (English)

  Applicants Admits Admit rate
34-36 4,250 468 11%
31-33 2,060 148 7%
28-30 861 32 4%
25-27 543 14 3%
< 25 430 5 1%

Distribution of ACT Scores (Writing)

  Applicants Admits Admit rate
10-12 2,258 261 12%
8-9 4,701 353 8%
6-7 946 40 4%
< 6 67 1 1%

Other sources of data for MIT

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