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Over the winter break, 650 students received MIT admissions tubes filled with confetti in the mail. These new students, accepted into MIT’s undergraduate Class of 2017, were selected from a total of 6,541 early action applicants. Another 4,397 applicants were deferred to regular action while the remaining 1,494 were denied. (MIT does not admit international students in early action.) Decisions were released online on Dec. 15.

“We are as excited about these admitted students as we ever have been about a group of students,” wrote Dean of Admissions Stuart Schmill ’86 in an email to The Tech on Monday. “They are exceptional, and I know our current students will enjoy having them as classmates in the years to come.”

The early action deadline of Nov. 1 came mere days after Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast. Director of Admissions Matthew L. McGann ’00 released a statement on the admissions blogs stating that the admissions office would be flexible with applications received after the deadline from those affected by the storm. In the end, Schmill said, all of the students were able to get their applications with plenty of time for the admissions office to review them thoroughly.

“Given that our applicants come from all over the world, there can certainly be circumstances that affect students in some place or other,” Schmill wrote.

The deadline for regular admission just passed on Jan. 1, and the admissions office has no report yet on the final number of applications, according to Schmill.

Michelle E. Szucs contributed reporting to this article.