Today’s issue of MIT’s student newspaper, The Tech, accurately reported that we have received a record high 11,231 applications this year (this number will probably change slightly by the time we get to selection committee).
While the article (as Ben has pointed out) contains a number of factual errors, it does also correctly state that we have seen a rise in both domestic and international applicants. We have received greater than 2,500 international applications and nearly 9,000 domestic applications this year, both record highs.
It is shaping up to be an extremely competitive year for MIT admissions. Between the early and regular action applicants I’ve already seen, I am disappointed to know that we won’t be able to find room for all of the many, many terrific applicants. But it also means that the MIT Class of 2010 will be among the best ever. I’m excited to continue selecting the class!