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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Type of school: Private institution
Year founded: 1861
Affiliation: None
Academic calendar: 4-1-4
Undergraduate student body: 4,127
Environment: Urban
Endowment: $8,368,066,000
Admissions Address

77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139



Admissions E-mail



Selectivity: Most Selective
Send application by: January 1
Admissions Contact Information
Admissions director: Stuart Schmill
Admissions office telephone: (617) 253-4791
Fall 2008 Admissions Deadlines Regular decision
Send application by: January 1
Decision sent by: March 20
Accept offer by: May 1 (or within 2 weeks if notified thereafter)
Early decision
Not offered
Early action
Send application by: November 1
Decision sent by: December 15
Application fee: $65
Is the fee refundable? No
Can fee be waived for students with financial need? Yes
Does school have a waiting list? Yes
Can admission be deferred? Yes
Accepted application formats:
Applications on floppy disks: No
Applications via E-mail: No
Electronic application:
http://web.mit.edu/admissions Tuition deposit: None
Room deposit: None
Admissions Requirements
High school completion requirement: High school diploma or equivalent is not required
General college-preparatory program: Recommended
Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended*
  Units Required Units Recommended
English N/A 4
Mathematics N/A 4
Science N/A 4
Lab N/A N/A
Foreign language N/A 2
Social studies N/A 2
History N/A N/A
Academic electives N/A N/A
Total academic units N/A N/A

*One unit equals one year of study or its equivalent.
Campus visit: Neither required nor recommended
Admissions interview: Recommended
Off-campus interview: May be arranged
Does the college use SAT or ACT scores in admissions decisions for first-time, first-year applicants? Yes
SAT/ACT requirements: Neither SAT nor ACT required.
SAT/ACT scores must be received by: February 15
Tests accepted for Fall 2008 entering class: ACT with writing
SAT Subject Test scores must be received by: February 15
Open admission policy? No
What is the relative importance of specific academic factors in admission decisions?
Rigor of secondary school record: Important
Class rank: Important
Academic GPA: Important
Standardized test scores: Important
Application essay: Considered
Recommendation: Important
What is the relative importance of specific nonacademic factors in admission decisions?
Interview: Important
Extracurricular activities: Important
Talent/ability: Important
Character/personal qualities: Very important
First generation: Considered
Alumni/ae relation: Considered
Geographical residence: Considered
State residency: Not considered
Religious affiliation/commitment: Not considered
Racial/ethnic status: Considered
Volunteer work: Considered
Work experience: Considered
Level of applicant's interest: Considered
2006-2007 Admissions Statistics
Selectivity: Most Selective
Overall acceptance rate: 13%
Early-decision acceptance rate: N/A
Early-action acceptance rate: 12%
Acceptance rate (excluding early-action and early-decision students): 14%
Total applicants: 11,374
Total acceptances: 1,514
Total freshman enrollment: 1,002
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision: 30%
Male applicants: 8,157
Male acceptances: 795
Male freshman enrollment: 554
Female applicants: 3,217
Female acceptances: 719
Female freshman enrollment: 448
Out-of-state freshmen: 91%
Qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list: 389
Applicants accepting a place on waiting list: 319
Students enrolled from waiting list: 40

 2006-2007 Freshman Class Profile
Top 10 percent of high school class: 97%
Top 25 percent of high school class: 100%
Top 50 percent of high school class: 100%
First-year students submitting high school class standing: 61%
Average high school GPA: N/A
First-year students submitting GPA: N/A
First-year students submitting SAT scores: 97%
SAT scores (25/75 percentile):
Critical Reading: 660 – 760
Math: 720 – 800
Combined: 1380 – 1560

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
700-800 61.0% 87.0%
600-699 32.0% 13.0%
500-599 7.0% N/A
400-499 N/A N/A
300-399 N/A N/A
200-299 N/A N/A

First-year students submitting ACT scores: 28%
ACT scores (25/75 percentile):
English: 29 – 34
Math: 31 – 35
Composite: 30 – 34

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 84.0% 72.0% 86.0%
24-29 16.0% 26.0% 14.0%
18-23 N/A 2.0% N/A
12-17 N/A N/A N/A
6-11 N/A N/A N/A
Below 6 N/A N/A N/A


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