MIT Institutional Research
Office of the Provost
  Common Data Set 2009-2010
C. FIRST-TIME, FIRST-YEAR (FRESHMAN) ADMISSION

 

Applications
C1. First-time, first-year (freshman) students: Provide the number of degree-seeking, first-time, first-year students who applied, were admitted, and enrolled (full- or part-time) in fall 2009. Include early decision, early action, and students who began studies during summer in this cohort. Applicants should include only those students who fulfilled the requirements for consideration for admission (i.e., who completed actionable applications) and who have been notified of one of the following actions: admission, nonadmission, placement on waiting list, or application withdrawn (by applicant or institution). Admitted applicants should include wait-listed students who were subsequently offered admission.

Total first-time, first-year (freshman) men who applied   10,970
Total first-time, first-year (freshman) women who applied   4693
     
Total first-time, first-year (freshman) men who were admitted   864
Total first-time, first-year (freshman) women who were admitted   812
     
Total full-time, first-time, first-year (freshman) men who enrolled   594
Total part-time first-time, first-year (freshman) men who enrolled   0
     
Total full-time, first-time, first-year (freshman) women who enrolled   478
Total part-time first-time, first-year (freshman) women who enrolled   0

C2. Freshman wait-listed students (students who met admission requirements but whose final admission was contingent on space availability)

Do you have a policy of placing students on a waiting list? _X_Yes     ___No

If yes, please answer the questions below for fall 2009 admissions:
Number of qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list   455
Number accepting a place on the waiting list 455
Number of wait-listed students admitted 78

Is your waiting list ranked? No
If yes, do you release that information to students? ___
Do you release that information to school counselors? ___

Admission Requirements
C3. High school completion requirement

Check the appropriate box to identify your high school completion requirement for degree-seeking entering students:

___   High school diploma is required and GED is accepted
___   High school diploma is required and GED is not accepted
_X_   High school diploma or equivalent is not required

C4. Does your institution require or recommend a general college-preparatory program for degree-seeking students?

___   Require
_X_   Recommend
___   Neither require nor recommend

C5. Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended. Specify the distribution of academic high school course units required and/or recommended of all or most degree-seeking students using Carnegie units (one unit equals one year of study or its equivalent). If you use a different system for calculating units, please convert.

  Units Required Units Recommended
Total academic units    
English   4
Mathematics   4
Science   4
   Of these, units that must be lab    
Foreign language   2
Social studies   2
History    
Academic electives    
Computer Science    
Visual / Performing Arts    
Other (specify)    

Basis for Selection
C6.
Do you have an open admission policy, under which virtually all secondary school graduates or students with GED equivalency diplomas are admitted without regard to academic record, test scores, or other qualifications? No
If so, check which applies:

Open admission policy as described above for all students ___

Open admission policy as described above for most students, but
selective admission for out-of-state students ___
selective admission to some programs ___
other (explain) ___

C7. Relative importance of each of the following academic and nonacademic factors in your first-time, first-year, degree-seeking (freshman) admission decisions.

  Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic        
Rigor of secondary school record   X    
Class rank   X    
Academic GPA   X    
Standardized test scores   X    
Application Essay     X  
Recommendation   X    

 

Very Important

Important

Considered

Not Considered

Nonacademic        
Interview   X    
Extracurricular activities   X    
Talent/ability   X    
Character/personal qualities X      
First generation     X  
Alumni/ae relation *       X
Geographical residence     X  
State residency       X
Religious affiliation/commitment       X
Racial/ethnic status     X  
Volunteer work     X  
Work experience     X  
Level of applicant's interest       X
* "Alumni/ae relation" was inaccurately reported as "considered". Data corrected to "not considered" 6/28/12.

 

SAT and ACT Policies

C8. Entrance exams

A. Does your institution make use of SAT, ACT, or SAT Subject Test scores in admission decisions for first-time, first-year, degree-seeking applicants? 
_X_Yes     ___No
If yes, place check marks in the appropriate boxes below to reflect your institution's policies for use in admission for Fall 2011.

ADMISSION

  Require Recommend Require for Some Consider If Submitted Not Used
SAT or ACT X        
ACT only          
SAT only          
SAT and SAT Subject Tests or ACT          
SAT Subject Tests X        

B. If your institution will make use of the ACT in admission decisions for first-time, first-year, degree -seeking applicants for fall 2011, please indicate which ONE of the following applies (regardless of whether the writing score will be used in the admissions process):

_X_ ACT with Writing component required
___ ACT with Writing component recommended.
___ ACT with or without Writing component accepted

C. Please indicate how your institution will use the SAT or ACT essay component; check all that apply.

  SAT essay ACT essay
For admission ___ ___
For placement ___ ___
For advising ___ ___
In place of an application essay ___ ___
As a validity check on the application essay ___ ___
No college policy as of now _X_ _X_
Not using essay component ___ ___

D. In addition, does your institution use applicants' test scores for academic advising?
___Yes     _X_No

E. Latest date by which SAT or ACT scores must be received for fall-term admission:  Feb. 15
Latest date by which SAT Subject Test scores must be received for fall-term admission:  Feb. 15

F. If necessary, use this space to clarify your test policies (e.g., if tests are recommended for some students, or if tests are not required of some students): 
Non-native English speakers have the option of taking TOEFL in place of SAT Reasoning Test or ACT with Writing. Others must take SAT Reasoning Test or ACT with Writing. All students must take two SAT Subjects Tests, one each in math and science.

G. Please indicate which tests your institution uses for placement (e.g., state tests):

SAT ___
ACT ___
SAT Subject Tests ___
AP _X_
CLEP ___
Institutional Exam _X_
State Exam (specify): _________

Freshman Profile

Provide percentages for ALL enrolled, degree-seeking, full-time and part-time, first-time, first-year (freshman) students enrolled in fall 2009, including students who began studies during summer, international students/nonresident aliens, and students admitted under special arrangements.

C9. Percent and number of first-time, first-year (freshman) students enrolled in fall 2009 who submitted national standardized (SAT/ACT) test scores. Include information for ALL enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first-year (freshman) students who submitted test scores. Do not include partial test scores (e.g., mathematics scores but not critical reading for a category of students) or combine other standardized test results (such as TOEFL) in this item. Do not convert SAT scores to ACT scores and vice versa.
The 25th percentile is the score that 25 percent scored at or below;the 75th percentile score is the one that 25 percent scored at or above.

Percent submitting SAT scores 93   Number submitting SAT scores 1002
Percent submitting ACT scores 36   Number submitting ACT scores 391

 
  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 650 760
SAT Math 720 800
SAT Writing 660 760
SAT Essay N/A N/A
ACT Composite 32 35
ACT Math 33 35
ACT English 31 35
ACT Writing 8 10

Percent of first-time, first-year (freshman) students with scores in each range:

  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math SAT Writing
700-800 57.0 87.5 57.0
600-699 34.7 12.5 35.6
500-599 7.2 0 7.0
400-499 1.1 0 0.4
300-399 0 0 0
200-299 0 0 0
  100% 100% 100%

  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 90.0 84.1 96.4
24-29 10.0 14.6 3.6
18-23 0 1.0 0
12-17 0 0.3 0
6-11 0 0 0
Below 6 0 0 0
  100% 100% 100%

C10. Percent of all degree-seeking, first-time, first-year (freshman) students who had high school class rank within each of the following ranges (report information for those students from whom you collected high school rank information).

Percent in top tenth of high school graduating class 95
Percent in top quarter of high school graduating class 100
Percent in top half of high school graduating class 100
Percent in bottom half of high school graduating class 0
Percent in bottom quarter of high school graduating class 0

Percent of total first-time, first-year (freshman) students who submitted high school class rank: 52

C11. Percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first-year (freshman) students who had high school grade-point averages within each of the following ranges (using 4.0 scale). Report information only for those students from whom you collected high school GPA.

Percent who had GPA of 3.75 and higher
___
Percent who had GPA between 3.50 and 3.74
___
Percent who had GPA between 3.25 and 3.49
___
Percent who had GPA between 3.00 and 3.24
___
Percent who had GPA between 2.50 and 2.99
___
Percent who had GPA between 2.00 and 2.49
___
Percent who had GPA between 1.00 and 1.99
___
Percent who had GPA below 1.00
___

100%

C12. Average high school GPA of all degree-seeking, first-time, first-year (freshman) students who submitted GPA:  ___
Percent of total first-time, first-year (freshman) students who submitted high school GPA:  ___%

Admission Policies

C13. Application fee
Does your institution have an application fee?  _X_Yes   ___No
Amount of application fee:  $75
Can it be waived for applicants with financial need?  _X_Yes   ___No

If you have an application fee and an on-line application option, please indicate policy for students who apply on-line:
Same fee: _X_
Free: ___
Reduced: ___

Can on-line application fee be waived for applicants with financial need?   _X_Yes   ___No

C14. Application closing date
Does your institution have an application closing date?  _X_Yes   ___No
Application closing date (fall): Jan. 1
Priority date:  ___

C15. Are first-time, first-year students accepted for terms other than the fall?  ___Yes   _X_No

C16. Notification to applicants of admission decision sent (fill in one only)
On a rolling basis beginning (date):  ___
By (date): Mar. 20
Other:  ___

C17. Reply policy for admitted applicants (fill in one only)
Must reply by (date):  ___
No set date:  ___
Must reply by May 1 or within 2 weeks if notified thereafter
Other:  ___

Deadline for housing deposit (MMDD): __________
Amount of housing deposit: $0
Refundable if student does not enroll?
___ Yes, in full
___ Yes, in part
___ No

C18. Deferred admission: Does your institution allow students to postpone enrollment after admission?
  _X_Yes   ___No
If yes, maximum period of postponement:  2 years

C19. Early admission of high school students: Does your institution allow high school students to enroll as full-time, first-time, first-year (freshman) students one year or more before high school graduation?  _X_Yes   ___No

C20. Common application: Question removed from CDS.

Early Decision and Early Action Plans

C21. Early decision: Does your institution offer an early decision plan (an admission plan that permits students to apply and be notified of an admission decision well in advance of the regular notification date and that asks students to commit to attending if accepted) for first-time, first-year (freshman) applicants for fall enrollment?   ___Yes   _X_No

If "yes," please complete the following: 

First or only early decision plan closing date:  ___
First or only early decision plan notification date:  ___

Other early decision plan closing date:  ___
Other early decision plan notification date:  ___

For the Fall 2009 entering class:

Number of early decision applications received by your institution:  ___
Number of applicants admitted under early decision plan:  ___
Please provide significant details about your early decision plan:  ___

C22. Early action: Do you have a nonbinding early action plan whereby students are notified of an admission decision well in advance of the regular notification date but do not have to commit to attending your college?  _X_Yes   ___No

If "yes," please complete the following:

Early action closing date:  Nov. 1
Early action notification date:  Dec. 20

Is your early action plan a “restrictive” plan under which you limit students from applying to other early plans?   ___Yes   _X_No