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MIT accepts 1836


By Michael J. Garrison

The Admissions Office released a list of the names and addresses of the 1836 prospective students admitted to the MIT Class of 1989 yesterday at noon.

This represents an increase of approximately 50 students over last year, according to Senior Associate Director of Admissions Julia C. McLellan.

MIT hopes 1025 to 1050 -- 57 percent of those accepted -- will actually come to the Institute in the fall, McLellan said. "We have a wait list of 269 ... but I hope [it will not be needed]."

"Our major constraint is housing," she explained, because all freshmen are guaranteed room in the residence system.

About 6000 students applied for admission to the Class of '89, according to the Admissions Office. MIT accepted 1313 men and 523 women, McLellan said. "The number of minorities is down slightly," she added, but "the women are holding their own" in comparison with past years.

McLellan said it is hard to know why the trend is shifting down for minorities. MIT has to compete for minorities, she explained. "Minority students are sought after by other institutions as well."

The percentage of admitted women who enroll at MIT is higher than the percentage of admitted men, she said. McLellan attributed this to the smaller number of prospective women students.

The Admissions Office also sponsors Campus Preview in April in an effort to convince more women to attend. The event will be held on April 8-10 this year. A similar program for admitted minority students is scheduled for April 12-14. "Usually, having [them see] us is one way to encourage their acceptance," McLellan said.

"Just about every state in the union" and many foreign countries are represented by the selections, she said. "Typically the Northeast and Middle Atlantic states" contribute most of the undergraduates, McLellan added. Those two regions made up exactly 50 percent of the Class of '88.

McLellan was pleased by the diversity of the applicants, especially the "interest in community activity, ... drama, writing, and sports." Computers are no longer a popular topic in applications, she contended.

No restrictions were made against applicants who listed electrical engineering or computer science as their major interest, McLellan said. "This is an unrestricted class," she explained. MIT does not ask applicants for a major, "only an interest."