The selection process at MIT is holistic and student centered: each application is evaluated within its unique context. No school, state, or regional quotas are applied; neither is preference given to those with alumni relations. Selection is based on outstanding academic achievement as well as a strong match between the applicant and the Institute, including:
- Alignment with MIT’s mission
- Collaborative and cooperative spirit
- Initiative and risk-taking
- Hands-on creativity
- Intensity, curiosity, and excitement
- Balancing hard work with downtime
Selected 2015 undergraduate admissions statistics:
- Applications for freshman admission were received from 18,306 candidates.
- Admission was offered to 1,519 candidates (8 percent), of whom 1,109 enrolled.
- Approximately 47 percent of the freshman class was female.
- A majority had attended public high schools.
- Seventeen percent were among the first generation in their family to attend college.
- Nine percent were international citizens hailing from 69 countries.
- All 50 US states were represented.
Applicants for graduate degree programs are evaluated for previous performance and professional promise by the department in which they wish to register.
Selected 2015 graduate admissions statistics:
- Applications for graduate study were received from 23,750 candidates.
- Admission was offered to 3,307 candidates (13.9 percent), of whom 2,165 (65.5 percent), registered in advanced degree programs.