Early Action Applications Up 13%

By Ben Jones, Communications Manager, Admissions

The admissions office recently completed its Early Action selection process and we are proud to welcome the newest members of the MIT community to the Institute.

We received a record number of applications, up 13% over last year. Of the 3,928 students who applied, 522 were offered admission to MIT (13%). Of these, 53% are male and 47% are female; 14% are first generation to college, and underrepresented minorities make up 31%.

Though we have extended only one third of our total offers of admission at this juncture, the admitted class of 2012 already hails from 44 states and 400 high schools.

Academically, these students are among the strongest in MIT's history. 94% of them are in the top 5% of their class, and almost half of them are valedictorian. SAT medians for math and verbal are 780 and 730, respectively. Many of these students lead top-notch academic clubs, participate in advanced research, and are proud alums of programs such as RSI, MITES, and WTP.

Outside the classroom, our students are as talented as ever. We nearly doubled the number of students who were identified by faculty as being exceptional in athletics, music, and visual arts. Dozens of MIT faculty spent considerable energy evaluating the talents of hundreds of applicants.

We admitted international olympiad medal winners, entrepreneurs, international relief workers, a trapeze artist, a radio personality... the diversity of these students - and their impact on their communities and on the world - is unparalleled.

Our next task is to convince these incredible students to choose MIT over the many other college choices they will likely have. Campus Preview Weekend, which occurs in April, is integral to this mission - please watch for future announcements from our office regarding the many ways in which you can help CPW to be a huge success.

Thanks and happy holidays!