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Around 1,900 Offered Admission To Next Year's Freshman Class

By Frank Dabek
associate news editor

Approximately 1,900 acceptance letters were mailed to potential members of the Class of 2001 Wednesday, launching the admissions process into its final stage.

Alower number of women, 41 percent, was admitted this year when compared with the previous two years. The total number of applications was also less this year than last, but more students are predicted to accept their offers this year, said Dean of Admissions Michael C. Behnke. Further, statistics were incomplete as of last night.

Roughly 24 percent of applicants were accepted this year, nearly equivalent to last year when 1,894 applications were accepted.

The number of applications was down this year from last year's total of 8,023. The number of applications was lower at nearly every Ivy League college, Behnke said.

This decrease can be attributed to the proliferation of binding early decision programs, Behnke said. "We'll have to look into what the effect of [early decision] is," Behnke said.

Early decision programs require students to attend their first choice school if admitted early. This may cause students to apply to fewer colleges, Behnke said.

Female admissions down

Of the prospective students in the applicant pool this year, 41 percent are female. That statistic is down from last year's total of 43 percent and the record 45 percent total two years ago.

Behnke said that the Admissions Office is trying to increase female admissions to MIT. "Applications from women increased dramatically in the past three or four years," Behnke said. However, "for a primarily engineering school, 40 percent is quite spectacular," he said.

The number of underrepresented minorities in the applicant pool remained about constant at 18 percent.

The number of international students admitted this year was down to 105 from 115 last year. MIT enforces a quota on the number of international students it accepts and lowered the number this year after exceeding the quota last year, Behnke said.

Predicted yield slightly higher

This year's yield, the number of students who decide to attend MIT, was predicted by Behnke to be 56 percent. This number is higher than the yields in previous years.

This is another result of early admittance programs, Behnke said. MIT admitted 525 students under the early action program this year, more than usual. This trend of greater numbers of early admits was common at most of MIT's competitor colleges., he said.

Statistics on mean SAT, class rank, and other categories were not available as of last night.