Tuesday, March 14, 2023

MIT Admitted 1259 Students to the Class of 2027

 This past year, inclusive of both Early and Regular Action, 26,914 students applied to join the MIT Class of 2027. This is fewer than the 33,796 who applied last year, before we reinstated our testing requirement, but more than the 20,075 who applied for entry to the MIT Class of 2024, which was the last class selected before we suspended our requirement for the first two years of the pandemic. Ever since our application opened last August, our dedicated team has carefully considered them all, subject to our standard of attentive, empathetic, holistic review.

Of those 26,914 applicants, we have offered admission to 1,259 students⁠01 who will have the opportunity to climb the mountain that is MIT. They hail from all 50 states, 63 countries, and nearly 900 different high schools. Though they all do different things — linguistics and lacrosse, cartography and Catan, topology and tango — they are united by a shared standard of rigorous academics, high character, and a strong match with MIT’s mission to use science, technology, and the useful arts to make the world a better place. We can’t wait to welcome them to our campus to join the outstanding undergraduates who already call MIT home.

There are also students who may be climbing other mountains, with other fellow mountaineers, next fall. Of the students to whom we do not offer admission today, we have placed a modest number on our waitlist and informed the balance that we will not be able to admit them to the Class of 2027. Getting to “meet” so many capable, compassionate students through this process has, as always, left us bleary-eyed and reminded us that what we do is more than a job: it is a privilege and an honor. We are grateful to have walked this short part of your path with you.

If you are among the many stellar students to whom we are not offering admission, then I want to remind you success is not always a straight line. Your future isn’t something MIT creates for you, it’s something you manifest for yourself. And if you spend the next few years trying to make wherever you are as amazing as you can (as you already are), then someday you’ll look back on this Pi Day and realize it all worked out okay.⁠02

I’m closing comments on this blog post to concentrate conversation in the open threads for admitted, waitlisted, and not admitted students. Answers to frequently asked questions for waitlisted students can be found here, with more information about next steps to come in early April.

Congratulations to the Class of 2027, and best wishes to all of our applicants. No matter where you enroll next fall, please make it a better place. I know you can. I hope you will.


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