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Massachusetts Institute of Technology Acceptance Rate, Requirements & Admissions Information

Cambridge, MA

Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Most Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1310 on the SAT I or over 29 on the ACT; about 30% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma or equivalent is not required
High School Program
 

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English   4
Mathematics   4
Science   4
Foreign Language   2
Social Studies   2
History    
Academic Electives    

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required February 15
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only Not used if submitted
SAT Essay Component Policy Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
Use of SAT/ACT Essay SAT: Not used
ACT: Not used

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
77 Massachusetts Avenue
City, State, Zip
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
Phone
 
Fax
(617) 258-8304
E-mail
admissions@mit.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
January 1
Application Fee
$75
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
March 20
Accept Offer of Admission
By May 1 or within 2 weeks if notified after May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
 
Early Decision Notification
 
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Action Deadline
November 1
Early Action Notification
December 20

Application Form

Common Application
Not accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
2 required for all freshmen
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
7% of 21,312 applicants were admitted
Women
11% of 6,790 applicants were admitted
Men
5% of 14,522 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
1,107 (78%) of 1,427 admitted students enrolled
Women
526 (73%) of 724 admitted students enrolled
Men
581 (83%) of 703 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
 
Early Action Admission Rate
7% of 9,600 applicants were admitted
Students Offered Wait List
460
Students Accepting Wait List Position
331
Students Admitted From Wait List
17

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
Not reported
3.75 and Above
Not reported
3.50 - 3.74
Not reported
3.25 - 3.49
Not reported
3.00 - 3.24
Not reported
2.50 - 2.99
Not reported
2.00 - 2.49
Not reported

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
789 average
780-800 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
99.9%
Score of 600 - 700
.1%
Score of 500 - 600
0%
Score of 400 - 500
0%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
743 average
730-770 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
90.5%
Score of 600 - 700
9.1%
Score of 500 - 600
.4%
Score of 400 - 500
0%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
35 average
34-36 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
99.8%
Score of 24 - 29
.2%
Score of 18 - 23
0%
Score of 12 - 17
0%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 95%
Top quarter: 99%
Top half: 100%
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
16%
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

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