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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 2023 

See also First-year class profile.

General

First-year applications 21,312
First-year admits 1,427
Percentage admitted 6.7%

Early Action

Early Action applicants 9,600
Early Action admits 707
Deferred to Regular Action 6,350
Deferred applicants admitted
during Regular Action
190

Regular Action

Regular Action applicants 11,712
Total considered during Regular Action (including deferred students) 18,062
Regular Action admits
(including deferred students)
720
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 17

U.S. citizens/permanent residents

Applied 16,985
Admitted 1,293

International students

Applied 4,327
Admitted 134

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 English [35, 36]
ACT Composite [34, 36]

Distribution of SAT scores (Math)

Score Applicants Admits Admit rate
750-800 12,679 1,065 8%
700-740 1,726 24 1%
650-690 814 1 0%
600-640 399 0 0%
<600 318 0 0%

Distribution of SAT scores (ERW)

Score Applicants Admits Admit rate
750-800 6,504 677 10%
700-740 5,039 312 6%
650-690 2,614 87 3%
600-640 1,091 11 1%
<600 688 3 0%

Distribution of ACT scores (Composite)

Score Applicants Admits Admit rate
34-36 5,848 569 10%
31-33 1,689 73 4%
28-30 590 7 1%
25-27 296 1 0%
<25 205 0 0%

Distribution of ACT scores (Math)

Score Applicants Admits Admit rate
34-36 5,882 583 10%
31-33 1,524 67 4%
28-30 697 0 0%
25-27 352 0 0%
<25 173 0 0%

Distribution of ACT scores (English)

Score Applicants Admits Admit rate
34-36 6,425 590 9%
31-33 1,015 39 4%
28-30 512 14 3%
25-27 341 6 2%
<25 335 1 0%

Other sources of data about MIT