Undergraduate Admission

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, and we do not consider legacy/alumni relations in our process. 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 Class of 2023 undergraduate admissions statistics:

  • 21,312 applications for first-year admission
  • 1,427 offers of admission (6.7%)
  • 1,107 first-year students enrolled
  • 47% female
  • 70% had attended public high schools
  • 19% were among the first generation in their family to attend college
  • 11% were international citizens from 62 countries
  • 49 US states represented

Graduate Admission

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

Selected 2019 graduate admissions statistics:

  • 29,114 applications for graduate study
  • 3,670 offers of admission (12.6%)
  • 2,312 first-year students registered in advanced degree programs (63%)
  • 37% female
  • 42.5% international citizens form 85 countries