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2006 MIT Admissions Statistics by Matt McGann '00

Summary statistics from the past year.

By popular demand, below you’ll find admissions statistics from this past application cycle. These numbers will be posted on MyMIT later this summer. I also hope to post an enrolling class profile and more statistics later this year.

2006 MIT Admissions Statistics

11,369 students applied
1,513 admitted

2,965 students applied early action
377 students admitted early
2,370 students deferred to regular action
295 deferred applicants admitted during regular action

2,568 international citizen students applied
110 admitted

389 waitlisted
30 admitted from waitlist

Middle 50% score range of admitted students:
SAT I Verbal [670, 770]
SAT I Math [730, 800]
SAT I Writing [670, 760]
ACT Composite [30, 34]
SAT II Math [740, 800]
SAT II Science [710, 800]

20 responses to “2006 MIT Admissions Statistics”

  1. Gary says:

    What about TOEFL mid 50% score range? We only know that the minimum is 570, 600 to be competitive. Also, when will we be able to see the Resgistar’s Office data for 2006-2007?

  2. Arka'10 says:

    Thank you Matt!

  3. Jon says:

    Wow, that’s impressive and scary at the same time… I guess I’m only slightly below the 50% mark…so that’s not that bad. I can only wait and hope for next year! (actually….technically…this year…december…oh man)

  4. Visali says:

    Can you explain why MIT is very selective? I know that it’s the one of the most selective colleges in the US. I know applicants have to show their passion for MIT and their true personality. Among the applicants who love MIT and show high passion, how does MIT choose?

    Of course, the applicants are judged by their ACT and/or SAT scores, essays, recommendations and etc. Where is the line that seperates the accepted from the rejected?

  5. Christina says:

    Wow. That is very humbling.

  6. Nur says:

    O_O….*wondering how on earth she got in*

  7. Dominic says:

    Well, I was recently accepted this past year. Going down in August. And to tell you the truth, I am below many of those percentages. To truly be a good applicant, make sure your application package is well rounded. The strongest point of my application I believe, is an internship that I had during the summer before my senior year at a research facility, and I actually continued to work there during the first part of the school year. The SAT’s are extremely important but they wont break your application if you don’t happen to do particularly well on them. Don’t be discouraged to apply if your scores don’t land in that 50% range

  8. Rupa says:

    Thank You.

    I really wanted to know these figures.

  9. Benjamin says:

    Yeah, Dominic’s right…don’t worry if your scores are lower than that range. Remember, 25% of people from this last year *were* below those ranges…pretty comforting!

  10. Visali,

    Read some of Matt’s older posts for that information and read some of Ben’s posts (


  11. Daniel says:

    Any idea what date the application for ’07 will come out? The website just says “July”…

  12. Claire says:

    Does MIT give any admissions “weight” to those wishing to major in a field that is not innately techical, such as Comparative Media Studies, Writing and Humanistic Studies, or History?

  13. Stefan says:

    It’s a very strange feeling with this admission process to major universitys. This 2007 application will be my first and i already feel like i’m playing lottery: 2,568 international citizen students applied 110 admitted almost pure lottery.

  14. Evan I says:

    A quick response for Claire:

    Once you get into the application process here, you’ll notice that you don’t get to declare a major. That decision comes up at the end of your first year. Therefore, I doubt that whatever you claim to have an interest in will boost or harm your chances of acceptance. These people seem to be far more moved by a visible passion for wherever your interest lies than by an interest in all things scientific. My biggest accomplishment from high school was writing novels, which have no technical basis.

    Technical or not, if the school offers the major and you enjoy the field, there won’t be any penalty to pay. Diversity is vital on this campus, after all. Be proud of your desire to learn about Comparative Media Studies and let the MIT Admissions Officers see that.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Wow, I was one of 218 to be denied early action… took me six days to do the math. jk. I’ll try again next year.

  16. Kristin says:

    Are deferred-then-accepted applicants included in those accepted under regular action? Or are they separate?

  17. Sanjay says:

    hi!im an indian student trying very hard to get in to MIT, when is the best time for me to appear for SAT? I’m going to finish my high school on march, many SAT exams do i have to take?Will there be an interview for me?will all the applications sent will be called to write the exam? Is there any extra admission requirement other than SAT?Please give me all the regarding informations.

  18. terer says:

    I notice in the breakdown that the admission rate for men is a little over 11% and for women it is roughly 28%. This obviously is a result of the fact that many more men apply to MIT than women. But the actual enrollments are more equal. I am sure you get plenty of qualified women, but I am wondering (1) if they are generally not taking the science courses and tend to contribute more to the humanities courses (2) if women take on the physical science courses are they at a disadvantage? Do they face any discrimination as a result (3) Are they as equally supported by the science departments and do they graduate at the same rate as the men ? (4) if they do start off behind in their science preparation are there plenty of resources to bring them up to speed ? (5) What percentage of the freshman women take physics compared to the men? I guess I am not so concerned about getting in as what happens once they are there. I am just trying to figure out if this is a good place for women to get an undergraduate degree in science as compared to schools like Middlebury, Wellesley, Dartmouth, or Amherst which are more competitive for women to get into in the first place.