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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 2013
(see also Incoming Freshman Class Profile)

General

Freshman Applications 18,989
Freshman Admits 1,548
Percentage Admitted 8.2%

Early action

Early action applicants 6,539
Admitted early action 650
Deferred to regular action 4,477
Deferred applicants admitted
during regular action
190

Regular action

Regular action applicants 12,450
Total considered during regular action (including deferred students) 16,927
Admitted regular action
(including deferred students)
898
Offered a place on the wait list 708

Wait list

Applicants accepting a place on the wait list 658
Number admitted from the wait list 0

US citizens/permanent residents

Applied 14,626
Admitted 1,433

International students

Applied 4,363
Admitted 115

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 [760, 800]
SAT Subject Test - Science [740, 800]

Distribution of SAT Reasoning Test Scores (Math)

  Applicants Admits Admit rate
750-800 8,215 1,051 13%
700-740 3,011 231 8%
650-690 1,749 60 3%
600-640 821 2 0%
< 600 661 1 0%

Distribution of SAT Reasoning Test Scores (Critical Reading)

  Applicants Admits Admit rate
750-800 4,005 611 15%
700-740 3,431 376 11%
650-690 2,722 205 8%
600-640 1,995 116 6%
< 600 2,304 36 2%

Distribution of SAT Reasoning Test Scores (Writing)

  Applicants Admits Admit rate
750-800 4,320 706 16%
700-740 2,924 311 11%
650-690 2,912 208 7%
600-640 1,930 85 4%
<600 2,362 34 1%

Distribution of ACT Scores (Composite)

  Applicants Admits Admit rate
34-36 2,914 384 13%
31-33 2,347 178 8%
28-30 1,037 47 5%
25-27 456 2 0%
< 25 305 0 0%

Distribution of ACT Scores (Math)

  Applicants Admits Admit rate
34-36 4,163 507 12%
31-33 1,357 87 6%
28-30 900 16 2%
25-27 462 1 0%
< 25 177 0 0%

Distribution of ACT Scores (English)

  Applicants Admits Admit rate
34-36 3,153 390 12%
31-33 1,821 137 8%
28-30 989 57 6%
25-27 571 26 5%
< 25 177 1 0%

Distribution of ACT Scores (Writing)

  Applicants Admits Admit rate
10-12 1,690 199 12%
8-9 4,023 342 9%
6-7 1,079 57 5%
< 6 49 0 0%

Other sources of data for MIT

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