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Chris Peterson SM '13

Sep 3, 2013

Class of 2017 By The Numbers

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Process & Statistics

Here at MITAdmissions we try to be transparent as possible about our process. This includes publishing admissions statistics beyond those contributed by MIT Institutional Research to the Common Data Set (i.e. what powers the US News & World Report and other rankings systems). 

Now, I've blogged before about how the dangers of reading too much into admissions data as being predictive or revealing: 

What's happening here is a fundamental confusion between our admissions process and the results of that process. When we say that the admit rate for students with a 750-800 was 15%, it does not mean that the chances of a given applicant who scores between 750-800 if 15%. It means that those students whom we chose to admit included 15% of those who scored within the 750-800 range. It's a subtle distinction, but an important one in understanding the agency of admissions.

Think of it as the difference between a living thing and its fossil. A fossil isn't the plant or animal itself: it's the mineral imprint of the stuff that's left behind. Or think of it like a shadow. A shadow is not the thing which casts a shadow. It's the contours of where the light isn't.

That's how our admissions data work. It shows you where the decision wasn't. It shows you the shape of our decisions, not the basis on which they were made. Admissions data are an accretion of the the sediment which dropped to the bottom of the decisions delta, and not the moving river where the actual action happened. 

and this all remains true! But with that said, our commitment to transparency still holds, and since we just updated our admissions statistics and freshman class profile, I thought I'd blog them here too.

So, without any additional throat-clearing, here are some numbers which characterize our admissions process and incoming class: 

 

Admissions Statistics for the Class of 2017
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%

Class of 2017 Freshman Class Profile

Some facts and figures about the 1,116 members of the Class of 2017:

Gender

Male 55%
Female 45%

Citizenship & Ethnicity

US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Number of US states represented: 48
92%
African-American 7%
Asian-American 29%
Caucasian 39%
Hispanic/Latino 15%
Native-American 1%
Other/No Response 1%
International Citizens
Number of countries represented: 52
8%

Geography

New England 11%
Mid-Atlantic 21%
South & Puerto Rico 18%
Midwest & Plains States 10%
Southwest & Mountain 10%
West Coast, Alaska, & Hawaii 20%
Abroad 10%

Schooling

Public School 67%
Independent School 15%
Religious School 8%
Foreign School 9%
Home School 1%
Number of different high schools represented: 848  

Just For Fun

Most Popular Boy's Name David (17)
Most Popular Girl's Name Emily (10)
Greatest Distance Traveled Melbourne, AUS
Least Distance Traveled Cambridge MA
Most Represented US State California

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