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Understanding the process: 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 our own admissions statistics which went beyond the stats already contributed to the MIT’s standard Common Data Set.

Holistic admissions

It is important to understand 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 to quantify and are therefore not included in the tables below despite their centrality to 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 of 2024 

See also First-year class profile.

General

First-year applications 20,075
First-year admits 1,457
Percentage admitted 7.3%

Early Action

Early Action applicants 8,384
Early Action admits 687
Deferred to Regular Action 5,880
Deferred applicants admitted
during Regular Action
238

Regular Action

Regular Action applicants 10,234
Total considered during Regular Action (including deferred students) 16,114
Regular Action admits
(including deferred students)
770
Offered a place on the wait list 621

Wait list

Applicants offered a place on the wait list 621
Number admitted from the wait list 0

U.S. citizens/permanent residents

Applied 15,926
Admitted 1,315

International students

Applied 4,149
Admitted 142

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

Test Range
SAT Math [790, 800]
SAT ERW [730, 780]
ACT Math [35, 36]
ACT Reading [34, 36]
ACT English [35, 36]
ACT Science [34, 36]
ACT Composite [35, 36]

Distribution of SAT scores (Math)

Score Applicants Admits Admit rate
750-800 11,342 1,081 10%
700-740 1,613 23 1%
650-690 758 0 0%
600-640 312 0 0%
<600 254 0 0%

Distribution of SAT scores (ERW)

Score Applicants Admits Admit rate
750-800 6,557 736 11%
700-740 4,200 276 7%
650-690 2,099 73 3%
600-640 869 12 1%
<600 554 7 1%

Distribution of ACT scores (Composite)

Score Applicants Admits Admit rate
34-36 5,597 537 10%
31-33 1,428 54 4%
28-30 467 5 1%
25-27 236 1 0%
<25 164 0 0%

Distribution of ACT scores (Math)

Score Applicants Admits Admit rate
34-36 5,551 538 10%
31-33 1,293 55 4%
28-30 630 3 0%
25-27 304 1 0%
<25 114 0 0%

Distribution of ACT scores (Reading)

Score Applicants Admits Admit rate
34-36 5,655 516 9%
31-33 1,342 62 5%
28-30 375 13 3%
25-27 217 3 1%
<25 303 3 1%

Distribution of ACT scores (English)

Score Applicants Admits Admit rate
34-36 6,042 535 9%
31-33 868 40 5%
28-30 433 15 3%
25-27 265 5 2%
<25 284 2 1%

Distribution of ACT scores (Science)

Score Applicants Admits Admit rate
34-36 5,456 495 9%
31-33 1,475 83 6%
28-30 441 17 4%
25-27 309 2 1%
<25 211 0 0%

Other sources of data about MIT