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MIT Offers Students Spots in Class of ’07

By Lakshmi Nambiar


MIT offered admission to only 16 percent of its applicants for the Class of 2007, extending offers to 1,735 of the 10,547 students who applied.

Dean of Admissions Marilee Jones said she expected 58 percent of these students to accept the offer, yielding a class of approximately 1,000 students, 20 more than the Class of 2006. “There are a lot of moving parts that we don’t quite have a grip on,” Jones said. “Women yield differently than men. Scientists yield differently than engineers. Those seeking financial aid yield differently from those that do not.”

Class nearly half valedictorians

As usual, the prospective incoming class represents some of the country’s top students. Ninety-three percent of admitted students are in the top five percent of their classes and 44 percent are valedictorians.

The mean SAT score for admitted students is 721 Verbal and 760 Math. Seventeen percent of admitted students are members of underrepresented minority groups.

Offers of admission were given to 850 women and 885 men, representing all 50 states and 59 countries and territories.

On the applications, 51 percent of admitted students indicated plans to pursue a major in the School of Engineering; 37 percent marked the School of Science; three percent indicated the Sloan School of Management; four percent chose the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences; three percent selected the School of Architecture and Planning; and two percent did not make a selection.

The states most heavily represented in the group of admitted students are California, New York, Massachusetts, Texas, and New Jersey.

MIT seeks students seeking MIT

“We want kids who are passionate about what they do,” said Admissions Counselor Amrys O. Willams G. “It can be impressive but less compelling to see a student with a long list of accomplishments. There’s no passion or sense of fulfillment there.”

Jones said that the Institute was seeking more students who fit the traditional MIT mold.

“We’re looking a little deeper for that old fashioned Techie, the natural engineer who walks a different line,” Jones said. “We’re looking for students that love what we do -- hands-on kids.”

However, despite the obvious distinctions between the two schools, Jones said that MIT’s most direct competition was Harvard.

Jones said that this year MIT especially sought students who wanted specifically to come to MIT. “What’s different is that we are making an effort to admit students who really want to come here, and not just add another prestige school to their list of accomplishments,” Jones said. “This university is a national treasure. This isn’t just any place.”

Dustin Rabideau, an admitted student from Sanford High School in Sanford, Maine, is “almost sure” he will attend MIT.

“I applied to MIT because of the challenging environment. There is also the prestige of the school and the great location,” Rabideau said.