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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 2022 

See also First-year class profile.

General

First-year applications 21,706
First-year admits 1,464
Percentage admitted 6.7%

Early Action

Early Action applicants 9,571
Early Action admits 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
Regular Action admits
(including deferred students)
800
Offered a place on the wait list 460

Wait list

Applicants offered a place on the wait list 460
Applicants who accepted a place on the wait list 381
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)

Test Range
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)

Score 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)

Score 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)

Score 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)

Score 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)

Score 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 about MIT