The greatest-ever number of Early Action applicants, 5,684, applied to MIT this fall, with a consequent all-time low percentage of Early Action admits: 10.4%. 17.4% were rejected outright, and 68.5% were deferred.
With an increase of 13% Early Action applications this year, (last year Early Action was up 28%!), MIT continues a 6-year increase in applications. The admissions office anticipates a regular admit rate of about 10%, lower than last year’s 10.2%.
Stanford’s non-binding Early Action was up 4%, and Duke, with its binding Early Decision plan, was up 31%. Columbia, Cornell, and Dartmouth reported slight increases in their early plan groups. Among the Ivies, only Yale had 5% fewer Early Action applications, perhaps due to their policy to not allow those applicants to apply early action anywhere else.
Sarah C. Reese
Informed Educational Solutions