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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 2016
(see also Incoming Freshman Class Profile)

General

Freshman Applications 19,020
Freshman Admits 1,511
Percentage Admitted 7.9%

Early action

Early action applicants 7,767
Admitted early action 656
Deferred to regular action 4,776
Deferred applicants admitted
during regular action
208

Regular action

Regular action applicants 11,253
Total considered during regular action (including deferred students) 16,029
Admitted regular action
(including deferred students)
829
Offered a place on the waitlist 437

Waitlist

Applicants who accepted a place on the waitlist 315
Number admitted from the waitlist 26

US citizens/permanent residents

Applied 14,721
Admitted 1,379

International students

Applied 4,299
Admitted 132

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

SAT Reasoning Test - Math [760, 800]
SAT Reasoning Test - Critical Reading [710, 800]
SAT Reasoning Test - Writing [700, 790]
ACT Math [34, 36]
ACT English [33, 35]
ACT Composite [33, 35]
SAT Subject Test - Math [780, 800]
SAT Subject Test - Science [740, 800]

Distribution of SAT Reasoning Test Scores (Math)

  Applicants Admits Admit rate
750-800 7,851 946 12%
700-740 2,553 187 7%
650-690 1,543 31 2%
600-640 797 4 1%
< 600 622 0 0%

Distribution of SAT Reasoning Test Scores (Critical Reading)

  Applicants Admits Admit rate
750-800 4,445 635 14%
700-740 3,071 289 9%
650-690 2,326 151 6%
600-640 1,625 61 4%
< 600 1,899 32 2%

Distribution of SAT Reasoning Test Scores (Writing)

  Applicants Admits Admit rate
750-800 4,358 645 15%
700-740 2,693 272 10%
650-690 2,582 161 6%
600-640 1,623 60 4%
<600 2,110 30 1%

Distribution of ACT Scores (Composite)

  Applicants Admits Admit rate
34-36 4,745 528 11%
31-33 2,748 171 6%
28-30 1,087 25 2%
25-27 511 1 0%
< 25 293 0 0%

Distribution of ACT Scores (Math)

  Applicants Admits Admit rate
34-36 5,670 609 11%
31-33 1,888 103 5%
28-30 1,108 13 1%
25-27 502 0 0%
< 25 216 0 0%

Distribution of ACT Scores (English)

  Applicants Admits Admit rate
34-36 5,155 512 10%
31-33 2,095 158 8%
28-30 971 43 4%
25-27 619 11 2%
< 25 544 1 0%

Distribution of ACT Scores (Writing)

  Applicants Admits Admit rate
10-12 1,687 229 14%
8-9 3,913 300 8%
6-7 926 39 4%
< 6 82 0 0%

Other sources of data for MIT

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