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 2018 undergraduate admissions statistics:

  • 21,706 applications for freshman admission
  • 1,464 offers of admission (6.7%)
  • 1,115 first-year students enrolled
  • 49% female
  • 71% had attended public high schools
  • 18% were among the first generation in their family to attend college
  • 8% were international citizens from 54 countries
  • 47 US states represented

Applicants for graduate degree programs are evaluated for previous performance and professional promise by the department in which they wish to register.

Selected 2018 graduate admissions statistics:

  • 28,826 applications for graduate study
  • 3,516 offers of admission (12%)
  • 2,321 first-year students registered in advanced degree programs (66%)
  • 36% female
  • 43% international citizens form 85 countries