6,820 students applied for early admission to MIT this year. This is a 4% increase from last year. Since most of these students were academically competitive and well-matched, this early action cycle was more difficult than ever for both our staff and our applicants.
Of the 6,820 who applied we have admitted 612. We can't wait to welcome them to campus to join the 4,503 outstanding undergraduates who already call MIT home. Our Early Action admits hail from 49 states and 486 high schools. Though they all do different things - crafting and cartography, stargazing and sous vide, waltzing and welding - they are united by an academic record, a high caliber of character, and a strong match with MIT's mission to make the world a better place.
We deferred 4538 applicants. These students will be considered anew in Regular Action. For more information on how our Early vs. Regular and deferral process works, you can read a previous post I've written on the subject.
Because of the competitiveness of our pool, there were 1403 students to whom we are not able to offer admission this year. Through this process I have come to respect them all, but because of the highly selective nature of our process, we are certain we would not be able to admit them, and we wanted to let them know that as soon as possible. Please do not take this decision personally: if I have learned anything in this job, it is that selective admissions decisions are less a reflection of the applicant than a reflection of the institution. Please trust that we have done our compassionate best, and good luck with the rest of your applications this cycle.
The balance of the applicants - 267 - either withdrew from our process before we issued decisions or had incomplete applications and were not able to be considered.
We recognize it's a lot of effort for all of you to apply to MIT. It's an honor and a pleasure to do the work we do. And for all the fun we try to have on the blogs, we take our work very seriously.
Again, congratulations to the newest members of the Class of 2018. I'll be closing comments on this post to focus the conversations on the open threads for admitted, deferred, and not admitted students.
All best, everyone, and happy holidays.