Massachusetts Institute of Technology Admission Statistics

Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a highly competitive school and its admissions statistics make Massachusetts Institute of Technology one of the 50 most competitive schools for undergraduate admissions globally. Similar to the trends across all top schools, Massachusetts Institute of Technology acceptance rates have continued to decline over the past 8 years and will almost certainly continue to do so into the future.

The Class of 2021 was the single most challenging years to be admitted to Massachusetts Institute of Technology ever. For the Class of 2021, 20,247 students applied to Massachusetts Institute of Technology of which 1,438 students were accepted, yielding an overall acceptance rate of 7.1%. Overall applications increased by 6.5% over last year (2020 to 2021) from 19,020 to 20,247.

For the Class of 2021, 657 students were admitted through the early admissions process. Total early applications totaled 8,394, yielding an early acceptance rate of 7.8%. Early applications increased by 8.1% over last year (2020 to 2021) from 7,767 to 8,394.


MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Incorporated by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on April 10, 1861, MIT officially opened its doors in 1865, situated on 168 acres in Cambridge, MA. Ranked first in the World University rankings for 2014/15 and second in the University Subject rankings for 2014/15, when it comes to all things related to technology, the independent, coeducational, and privately endowed university is one of the most respected educational institutions in the world.

MIT was founded by William Barton Rogers (a distinguished natural scientist) on the premise that professional competence is best fostered by joining teaching & research, and by focusing attention on real-world problems. Since that time, the official mission of MIT has become to advance knowledge and to educate students in science, technology, and other areas of scholarship that will best serve the nation and the world.

Today, MIT is known for having produced eighty Nobel laureates, fifty-six National Medal of Science winners, twenty-eight National Medal of Technology and Innovation winners, and forty-three MacArthur Fellows. The eighty Nobel laureate alumni are largely in the fields of economics, chemistry and physics.

The top employment sector for MIT undergraduates after graduation is computer technology. Approximately twenty-eight percent of all undergraduates were hired by companies such as Google, Oracle, McKinsey, Morgan Stanley, Accenture, Amazon, AthenaHealth, ExxonMobil, Microsoft, Boston Consulting Group, Goldman Sachs, Palantir and Shell. Twenty-one percent of all masters graduates went into various fields of engineering and twenty-five percent of all doctoral graduates went into education.

There are 1,319 students who attend MIT’s five schools, which include the School of Science, MIT Sloan School of Management, School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, School of Engineering and the School of Architecture and Planning. Approximately 4,512 of the students are undergraduates.

Nearly all first-year students live in one of MIT’s residence halls. After the first year, students may then choose to remain on campus or to move into one of the thirty-six MIT-affiliated fraternities, sororities, and living groups.

MIT also has various award-winning extracurricular programs, from the arts to athletics and recreation programs. MIT also prides itself on computer hacking.

Total Enrollment 10,894
Undergrad Enrollment 4,348
Freshmen 1,128
% Male/Female 55% / 45%
% From Out of State 92%
% Freshman from Public High School 66%
% Undergrads Live on Campus 90%
% African American 7%
% Asian 24%
% Caucasian 36%
% Hispanic 15%
% Native American 1%
% Mixed (2+ Ethnicities) 3%
% International 10%
# of Countries Represented 92

Range SAT Critical Reading 670-770
Range SAT Math 740-800
Range SAT Writing 680-780
Range ACT Composite 32-35
Minimum Paper TOEFL 577
Minimum Web-based TOEFL 90
% Graduated Top 10% of Class 98%
% Graduated Top 25% of Class 100%
% Graduated Top 50% of Class 100%

Academic Rating 96
% Students Returning for Sophomore Year 97%
% Students Graduating within 4 Years 84%
% Students Graduating within 6 Years 93%
Calendar System 4/1/4
Student/Faculty Ratio 8:1
Professor’s ‘Interesting’ Rating 72%
Professor’s ‘Accessible’ Rating 74%
Most classes have fewer than 10 students.
Most lab/discussion sessions have 10-19 students

Computer science/engineering
Mechanical engineering
Electrical engineering/computer science