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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 2018
(see also Incoming First Year Class Profile)

General

Freshman applications 21,706
Freshman admits 1,464
Percentage admitted 6.7%

Early Action

Early Action applicants 9,571
Admitted Early Action 664
Deferred to Regular Action 6,331
Deferred applicants admitted
during Regular Action
248

Regular Action

Regular Action applicants 12,135
Total considered during Regular Action (including deferred students) 18,385
Admitted Regular Action
(including deferred students)
800
Offered a place on the wait list 460

Wait List

Applicants offered a place on the wait list 460
Number admitted from the wait list 0

U.S. Citizens/Permanent Residents

Applied 16,992
Admitted 1,349

International Students

Applied 4,714
Admitted 115

Middle 50% Score Range of Admitted Students (25th and 75th percentiles)

SAT Math [780, 800]
SAT ERW [720, 770]
ACT Math [34, 36]
ACT English [35, 36]
ACT Composite [34, 35]

Distribution of SAT Scores (Math)

  Applicants Admits Admit rate
750-800 11,968 1,077 9%
700-740 2,200 46 2%
650-690 1,048 0 0%
600-640 451 1 0%
< 600 329 0 0%

Distribution of SAT Scores (ERW)

  Applicants Admits Admit rate
750-800 6,104 651 11%
700-740 5,208 342 7%
650-690 2,743 109 4%
600-640 1,203 20 2%
< 600 738 2 0%

Distribution of ACT Scores (Composite)

  Applicants Admits Admit rate
34-36 6,168 582 9%
31-33 2,216 110 5%
28-30 680 14 2%
25-27 336 0 0%
< 25 191 1 1%

Distribution of ACT Scores (Math)

  Applicants Admits Admit rate
34-36 6,451 595 9%
31-33 1,816 103 6%
28-30 817 9 1%
25-27 356 0 0%
< 25 151 0 0%

Distribution of ACT Scores (English)

  Applicants Admits Admit rate
34-36 6,989 615 9%
31-33 1,256 67 5%
28-30 572 16 3%
25-27 406 7 2%
< 25 368 2 1%

Other sources of data for MIT

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