MIT Offers Admissions Decisions to the Class of 2020

Published in MIT News by the Office of Admissions

MIT admits 1,485 students from 49 states and 65 countries; "Star Wars"-themed video continues a lighthearted admissions tradition.

On Monday, March 14, MIT made its undergraduate admissions decisions available online to applicants for the 2016-2017 academic year. The Institute admitted 1,485 students to next year’s first-year class.

“Choosing among so many great candidates is always difficult because of we have such outstanding students who apply to MIT every year,” says Stu Schmill, MIT’s dean of admissions. “Those offered admission to the Class of 2020,” Schmill continues, “exemplify all the qualities that distinguish an MIT student: [a] strong match with MIT’s mission and the ability and desire to make an impact in the community, and in the world.”

Again this year, one-third have won national or international academic distinctions and many are athletes, artists, or makers. Admitted students come from 49 states, 65 countries, and from diverse backgrounds: A quarter identify as members of underrepresented minority groups, and 15 percent will be the first generation in their family to attend college.

“The new class brings incredible diversity, both geographically and socioeconomically, but also in talent, perspective, and interest. It has been an honor to learn about their lives through their applications over the last several months, and it’s so exciting to now welcome them all to MIT,” says Emily Sheldon, senior assistant director of admissions...

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