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Class of 2007 Exceeds Size Goal, May Grow

By Marissa Vogt


The number of incoming freshmen is likely to be larger than expected, increasing the likelihood for crowding in dormitories next year.

Of the 1,734 students who were offered admission, 1,023 have accepted MIT’s offer to join the Class of 2007, said Associate Director of Admissions Elizabeth S. Johnson. However, the admissions office has yet to hear from 200 prospective freshmen.

The target size for the Class of 2007 was 1,000, 20 higher than the target size of 980 students for the Class of 2006. The 2006 target size had been reduced from previous years to prevent crowding this past fall.

Johnson said that even at this point there is a good possibility that many of the 200 students whose responses have not been received will decide to come to MIT. The admissions office has recently been dealing with problems with delayed mail, Johnson said.

“The replies came in later than usual,” Johnson said. “It’s not clear what the reason was.”

Even without the 200 extra replies, the class is above its targeted size. Johnson said that Dean for Student Life Larry G. Benedict and Dean of Admissions Marilee Jones had been working at “targeting the number at not much [more] than it was last year” to avoid crowding.

Increased class size ‘manageable’

Johnson said that the class size will likely be “a little higher than expected,” but in terms of crowding, “this should be manageable.”

This is not the first time that the number of incoming freshmen has exceeded the target class size. The target sizes for the Class of 2004 and 2005 were both 1,000, but 30 more students than expected accepted the offer of admission into the Class of 2005.

The fact that the class size is larger than expected is “a good thing for MIT,” Johnson said. “What it probably means is that we will not need to use the waitlist much this year.”

Johnson said that they expect to lose 20-30 people who change their minds about coming to MIT before August, and this should help relieve crowding.

Taking into account the current number of empty spaces in undergraduate dormitories, the approximately 98 accepted Senior Segue applicants, and the expected vacancies in the fall, the number of spaces for the Class of 2007 is less than 965, so some crowding is likely.

High yield among CPW attendees

The yield of students who attended CPW this year is higher than last year’s, Johnson said. Of the 914 prospective freshmen who attended this year’s CPW, 669, or 73 percent, will be attending. Johnson estimates that this number will be as high as 79 percent when the numbers for enrollment are finalized. Last year’s overall yield from CPW was 71 percent.

Of the 525 students who were admitted early action, 474 have replied with 284 accepting, Johnson said. Johnson said that she expects that some of the remaining 51 students will decide to come to MIT, and that the final class size will not be known until later in the summer.