This year, 8,394 students applied for early admission to MIT, and we have offered early admission to 657. These students hail from more than 500 high schools scattered across the globe, from New England to New Zealand. We can't wait to welcome them to campus to join the 4,524 outstanding undergraduates who already call MIT home. Though they all do different things — biology and bhangra, physics and feminism, rowing and robotics — they are united by a shared standard of rigorous academics, high character, and a strong match with MIT's global mission to make the world a better place.
We deferred 5,853 applicants. These students will be reconsidered without prejudice in Regular Action. Deferred students do not need to send us anything new other than the February Updates and Notes Form, which will become available in mid-January on your MyMIT account. We will post a blog entry with more information for deferred students on Saturday.
Because of the competitiveness of our pool, we have already informed 1,717 students that we will not be able to offer them admission this year. This decision has been made with care, and it is final. I know this can be a difficult decision to receive. Take a deep breath, shake it off, and go crush the rest of your college applications this cycle.
The balance of the applicants - 167 - either withdrew from our process before we issued decisions or had incomplete applications.
We recognize it's a lot of effort for all of you to apply to MIT. It's an honor and a privilege for us to read your applications. Thank you.
Again, congratulations to the newest members of the Class of 2021. 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.