Transfer Wrap-Up 2008 by Matt McGann '00
Looking back at MIT Transfer Admissions for entry this coming year.
We frequently get requests to blog about transfer admissions, and now, the conclusion of our transfer admissions cycle, seems as good a time as any to do so.
The numbers for this year look remarkably like they did the past few years:
Applicants: nearly 300
Admits: high teens
Admit rate: 6%
Exact numbers: this year, we received 288 applications, admitting 16, with 14 enrolling in the fall.
This season’s admits are a diverse lot. There are international and domestic students representing 8 countries and four continents. The students come from top schools in applicant home countries, domestic public universities and military academies; four year universities and two year junior/community colleges.
There were a lot of great students we weren’t able to admit. It’s true that MIT admission is tough; with a 6% admit rate, it’s especially true for transfer admission. I’m sure that among this group of students we weren’t able to admit there are many students who will get into graduate school at MIT.
Transfer admission is a small program at MIT. Transfer students, though, are a vital part of the MIT community. Among other things, transfers have become varsity athletes, Putnam Fellows, student government officers, Phi Beta Kappa inductees, admissions interns, and more.
Thanks go out to Emily, who many of you interacted with during the transfer admissions process. She did a great job in helping many students with their questions and facilitating things for the transfer admissions committee.
Congrats, transfer admits!