As MIT students celebrated π day this Sunday, 10,948 high school seniors waited nervously by their computers for the Class of 2014 admissions decisions.
Only 1,021, or 9.3 percent, of those students received offers of admissions. Including the early action admissions round on December 16, the overall acceptance rate for this year’s admissions cycle is 9.7 percent. A total of 16,632 students applied, but only 1,611 secured acceptances.
The admission rate fell a full percentage point from last year’s 10.7 percent, continuing its steady decline from a peak of 16.4 percent in 2003. The number of applications for early action admissions and regular admissions increased, forcing the admissions rate to fall because the admissions committee expects the class size to remain steady.
Early admissions applications increased 13 percent, from 5,018 to 5,684 applications. Total applications increased 6.2 percent, from 15,661 to 16,632 applications.
The regular admitted students will join the 590 students admitted early action. Students from the two groups represent fifty states and fifty nine countries.