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  • On Saturday, 625 students were offered early-action undergraduate admission to MIT’s Class of 2019. The 625 admitted students represent a 9.6 percent admit rate, making this one of the most competitive years ever.

    MIT DomeMIT’s early-action program is nonrestrictive and nonbinding; the Institute is conservative in the number of students it admits early.

  • Each year, Global Education and Career Development conducts the Graduating Student Survey, which asks the graduating class to share their plans for the following year as well as details about their global experiences. As we review preliminary results, placement and starting salaries remain strong and global participation continues to increase. For 2014, 77% of undergraduates and 68% of master’s students participated in the survey.

    Immediate plans after graduation

    Graduating Seniors:

    • 60% plan to be employed full or part-time
    • 32% plan to pursue graduate or professional school
    • 3% plan to enroll in another educational program (e.g. postbaccalaureate premed programs),
    • 1% have won distinguished fellowships for graduate study
    • 4% have other plans, including travel

    Master’s graduates:

    • 82% plan to be employed full- or part-time
    • 12% plan to pursue graduate or professional school
    • 1% plan to enroll in another educational program
    • 6 % have other plans, including travel.


  • Editor's Note:

    The following article was submitted to the Faculty Newsletter by the MIT chapter of Active Minds, a student-led initiative focused on promoting better health and wellness, stress relief, and health education through peer-to-peer outreach.

  • During the past four years, our community has experienced a transformation of MIT’s Student Information Systems (SIS). Antiquated, paper-based processes have been replaced by streamlined, digitized processes that have improved the user experience for faculty, students, and staff while providing better support for MIT’s educational priorities. This progress has been guided by the 2011-2014 Education Systems Roadmap.

  • MIT’s Teaching and Learning Laboratory (TLL) has created 47 STEM Concept Videos to help students connect the concepts they learn in introductory STEM courses to concrete, real-world problems.

  • Three MIT nominees — seniors Elliot Akama-Garren and Anisha Gururaj, and alumnus Noam Angrist ’13 — are among the 32 American recipients selected this weekend as Rhodes Scholars. Each will pursue graduate studies next year at Oxford University.2014 MIT Rhodes Scholars

  • Each year, government agencies as well as several college guides collect data regarding student retention and graduation rates. In some ways, these metrics are a measure of how good the fit is between an entering cohort and the college or university. The retention rate refers to the number of freshmen in a cohort who enroll in the fall of the following year. The six-year graduation rate refers to the number of students in the cohort who either graduate or who are accepted into MIT graduate school in six years or less.

    Retention Rates

  • MIT’s transfer students form a special community that they identify with when they arrive on campus. While new transfer students participate in freshman orientation, many have told the UAAP staff, “Not being a freshman yet not really being an MIT upperclass student can be challenging. Where do we belong?” Of course, transfer students do belong to an academic department and the majority live in campus residence halls. Nevertheless, they enjoy the close-knit community that they have carved out at the Institute.

  • As part of the eight-subject Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) Requirement, all undergraduates must complete a HASS Concentration that provides increased knowledge in a particular HASS field. Students select from 35 different concentrations, such as American Studies, Anthropology, Chinese, or Economics, and propose a 3- or 4- subject concentration. Concentration Advisors review and approve proposals and verify completion.

    Historically, students submitted paper HASS Concentration Proposal and Completion Forms to their Concentration Advisors for approval. Once approved, the students were required to manually distribute copies to several offices and the data was manually entered into the student’s record. This fall, MIT launched an online version of the HASS Concentration Form, simplifying this process for both students and Concentration Advisors...

  • In May, we hosted the biennial visit of the DUE Visiting Committee (VC). The purpose of this external committee is to provide insight and guidance to the DUE leadership and the senior leadership at MIT.   In July, I shared a summary of the visit, which was focused on three key topics:

    • Enhancing students’ educational experiences in the freshman year
    • Admissions: a view into the selection process
    • DUE opportunities vis a vis recommendations of the Task Force on the Future of MIT Education

    Beyond the feedback the Committee shared during the visit, I received a report summarizing their observations and recommendations.  I wanted to share their key findings with you, which are as follows...