MIT admits 664 students to the Class of 2022 in EA admissions

A record low acceptance rate of 6.9 percent, 6,210 deferred

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MIT Early Action trends. These numbers do not include applications that were incomplete or withdrawn.
Jessica Shi–The Tech

MIT admitted 664 students to the Class of 2022 Thursday. A record high 9,557 students applied early action this year, making for a record low acceptance rate of 6.9 percent.

Of those who were not offered a spot, 6,210 students (65.0 percent) were deferred and will be considered again “without prejudice,” according to an admissions blog post announcing the results, in the regular action round, while 2,498 students (26.1 percent) were rejected. The rest withdrew their applications before decisions were issued.

In comparison with last year, the total number of early action applicants is up from 8,394 (representing a 13.9 percent increase); the acceptance rate is down from 7.8 percent; the deferral rate is down from 69.7 percent; and the rejection rate is up from 20.5 percent.

More broadly, the acceptance rate has been steadily decreasing since 2014, while the deferral and rejection rates have fluctuated with less consistency.

This is also the third year the early action option has been open to international students.

Several natural disasters, including Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, as well as wildfires in California, have ravaged on throughout the fall semester, perhaps affecting the number of students who chose or were able to submit applications. In an earlier blog post published Sept. 25, MIT admissions member Elizabeth Choe ’13 wrote that they would “try to be as flexible as possible in these situations” and emphasized that applying early action bears no “bonus points.”