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MIT Regular Action Decisions Now Available Online by Chris Peterson SM '13

MIT Regular Action admissions decisions for the Class of 2020 are now available at


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Between Early and Regular Action, 19,020 students applied to join the MIT Class of 2020. As of today (inclusive of Early Action), we have offered admission to 1,485 students.

These 1,485 students are truly exceptional. The admitted Class of 2020 includes artists and architects, bakers and baritones, from Boston to Bhutan. Individually they represent more than 70 countries and 1,000 high schools; together, they constitute an incredible community, each contributing a set of rare skills and perspectives while holding in common the highest caliber of character, conscientiousness, and cognitive throughput.

We often say we don’t admit numbers to MIT, we admit people. Yet this isn’t quite true either; we admit classes, cohorts which have been curated with care to create the best possible team to climb the mountain that is MIT.

There are also those students who may be climbing other mountains, with other people, next fall. Of the students to whom we do not offer admission today, we have placed a small number on our waitlist and informed the balance that we will not be able to admit them to the Class of 2020. Turning away so many kind, generous, super-smart students has been more than difficult: it has been truly painful.

If you are among them, then all I can say is that MIT is just another place. If it is amazing, it is amazing not because of some occult magick emanating from beneath the Great Dome, but because the people here are amazing. And if you are an amazing person, then you can be amazing wherever you go, if you choose to do so.

I'm closing comments on this blog post to concentrate conversation in the open threads for admitted, waitlisted, and not admitted students.

Congratulations to the Class of 2020. I wish all of our applicants well. No matter where you enroll next fall, please make it a better place. I know you can. I hope you will.