MIT Offers Admission to 1,259 applicants for Class of 2027

26,914 students applied, a 20% drop from the previous cycle

MIT admitted 1,259 out of 26,914 applicants via early and regular action applications for the Class of 2027. This was a 20% decrease in the number of applicants from the previous year. 

With an acceptance rate of 4.68%, admission to the Class of 2027 was highly competitive. The acceptance rate for this year increased from the previous year (3.96%), but remained markedly lower than pre-pandemic acceptance rates (approximately 7%). 

In an email to the Tech, Dean of Admissions and Student Financial Services Stu Schmill ’86 wrote that with the “number of applications with exceptional academic credentials increas[ing]... it has never been harder to be admitted to MIT than this year.” He added that the incoming class “is exceptionally talented and will add to our community in important ways.” 

For the classes of 2025 and 2026, MIT suspended the SAT/ACT requirement due to the pandemic disrupting test-taking opportunities. MIT reinstated the requirement on March 28 2022. At the time, Schmill wrote that such a requirement “help[s] us feel more confident about an applicant’s preparedness.” In his email, Schmill noted that although the number of applicants dropped because of this reinstatement, it remained “significantly higher than pre-pandemic levels.” 

With regards to how the admissions team adapted to the post-pandemic landscape, Schmill highlighted the welcome center in Kendall Square. He said that the team was glad to “welcome in person a full set of visitors, both prospective students and admitted students.” 

In accordance with MIT tradition, decisions were released on Pi Day, March 14, at 6:28 p.m.  In a blogpost on MIT Admissions, Director of Special Projects Chris Peterson SM ’13, said that admitted students were “united by a shared standard of rigorous academics, high character, and a strong match with MIT’s mission.” 

Admitted students must decide whether or not to attend by May 1.