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Wait List Decisions 2013 by Mikey Yang '05

Is it supposed to be waitlist, wait list, or wait-list? Oh never mind...

It's been nearly two weeks since the May 1 reply deadline, and I know many of you have been anxiously awaiting news about our wait list this year. During this time, we've been waiting for all our admitted students to submit their final decisions so we could figure out whether or not we could go to our wait list this year.

Every year, we always plan on admitting students from the wait list. However, this year, we saw an unprecedented, record-breaking percentage of admitted students choosing to enroll at MIT (also known in admissions parlance as the "yield"). This year, our yield is going to be around 72-73 percent. Last year, it was 70 percent; the year before, it was 65 percent; the year before that, it was 64 percent.

Unfortunately, this means that we will not be able to admit anyone off the wait list this year. This is only the second time in the last eight years that we have not been able to go to our wait list.

Today, at 5pm Eastern Time, we will notify all remaining students on our wait list via email that we will not be able to offer them admission. At that point, we will consider our wait list “closed” and will not admit any additional students this year for the Class of 2017.

We've seen all the wonderful updates many of you have been sending in, and truly appreciate the time and effort you have put in to letting us know how much you love MIT. We thank you for your patience during this time, and we know you will have incredibly bright futures and awesome college experiences.

Big virtual hugs to you all, and we wish you all the best.