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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 2026

See also First-year class profile.


First-year applications 33,767
First-year admits 1,337
Percentage admitted 3.96%

Early Action

Early Action applicants 14,781
Early Action admits 697
Deferred to Regular Action 9,488
Deferred applicants admitted
during Regular Action

Regular Action

Regular Action applicants 18,986
Total considered during Regular Action (including deferred students) 28,474
Regular Action admits
(including deferred students)
Offered a place on the wait list 763

Wait list

Applicants offered a place on the wait list 763
Number admitted from the wait list 0

U.S. citizens/permanent residents

Applied 24,165
Admitted 1,201

International students

Applied 9,602
Admitted 136

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

Other sources of data about MIT