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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 2014
(see also Incoming Freshman Class Profile)

General

Freshman Applications 18,356
Freshman Admits 1,447
Percentage Admitted 7.9%

Early action

Early action applicants 6,791
Admitted early action 612
Deferred to regular action 4,711
Deferred applicants admitted
during regular action
164

Regular action

Regular action applicants 11,565
Total considered during regular action (including deferred students) 16,276
Admitted regular action
(including deferred students)
835
Offered a place on the wait list 633

Wait list

Applicants accepting a place on the wait list 555
Number admitted from the wait list 28

US citizens/permanent residents

Applied 14,416
Admitted 1,328

International students

Applied 3,940
Admitted 119

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 [690, 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 8,068 938 12%
700-740 2,976 232 8%
650-690 1,637 50 3%
600-640 733 4 1%
< 600 597 0 0%

Distribution of SAT Reasoning Test Scores (Critical Reading)

  Applicants Admits Admit rate
750-800 4,181 557 13%
700-740 3,209 314 10%
650-690 2,698 212 8%
600-640 1,929 97 5%
< 600 1,994 44 2%

Distribution of SAT Reasoning Test Scores (Writing)

  Applicants Admits Admit rate
750-800 4,518 636 14%
700-740 2,992 276 9%
650-690 2,614 181 7%
600-640 1,773 92 5%
<600 2,054 34 2%

Distribution of ACT Scores (Composite)

  Applicants Admits Admit rate
34-36 3,294 383 12%
31-33 2,328 176 8%
28-30 989 39 4%
25-27 406 6 1%
< 25 286 0 0%

Distribution of ACT Scores (Math)

  Applicants Admits Admit rate
34-36 4,324 490 11%
31-33 1,483 97 7%
28-30 898 16 2%
25-27 423 1 0%
< 25 175 0 0%

Distribution of ACT Scores (English)

  Applicants Admits Admit rate
34-36 3,709 420 11%
31-33 1,675 128 8%
28-30 942 39 4%
25-27 534 14 3%
< 25 443 3 1%

Distribution of ACT Scores (Writing)

  Applicants Admits Admit rate
10-12 1,931 204 11%
8-9 4,282 355 8%
6-7 854 35 4%
< 6 48 2 4%

Other sources of data for MIT

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