Profile of freshmen remains unchanged
By Mary Pat Reeve
Statistics for the Class of 1994 are relatively unchanged from last year, according to data provided by the MIT Admissions Office.
The mean math score on the Scholastic Aptitude Test for the entering freshman class is 735, the same as it was for the Class of 1993. The verbal score rose from 621 to 625, following last year's upward trend. Performance on the American College Test remained stable with a mean math score of 33 and a verbal mean of 30.
A total of 1098 freshman have declared their intention to enter MIT in the Class of 1994. Some freshmen often decide during the summer not to enter MIT due to financial considerations, accepting offers from other universities, or personal reasons. Therefore, actual enrollment in September is expected to be about 1070, slightly higher than the 1050 new students that the admissions office had initially hoped would attend.
Of the 1098 freshman expected to enroll, 364 are women. This figure, which represents 33.2 percent of the class, is a slight decrease from last year's 33.5 percent.
The percentage of underrepresented minorities declined from 14.5 percent last year to 13.8 percent this year. The 151 underrepresented minorities expected to enroll include seven Native Americans, 21 Puerto Ricans, 69 blacks, and 54 Mexican Americans. The rest of the class consists of 19 other Hispanic Americans, 290 Asian Americans, 563 whites, and 75 international students.
Applications to MIT declined by five percent from last year. This drop followed a national pattern with most other colleges reporting a five to ten percent decrease in applicants, said Director of Admissions Michael C. Behnke. Stanford reports a 13 percent decline, and Harvard seven percent. Behnke attributed the decline to fewer high school graduates and students taking the SAT.