About MIT Admissions
The MIT Office of Undergraduate Admissions oversees the recruitment and selection of all undergraduate applicants to the Institute, including both prospective first-year and transfer students. We also coordinate the Educational Council, an international network of more than 5,000 alumni who serve as local ambassadors and conduct interviews, and host more than 45,000 visitors a year who attend our information sessions and campus tours.
MIT Admissions was established in 1929, and is currently led by Stu Schmill ’86, Dean of Admissions and Student Financial Services. Our team of admissions officers, support staff, admissions bloggers, tour guides, and student workers take pride in the mission, vision, tradition, and integrity of our work on behalf of the Institute and those who aspire to attend it. As one of our colleagues once wrote, we believe that working at MIT Admissions is more than a job: it is a privilege, an honor, and a responsibility, and requires a public and institutional trust that we do not take for granted and work very hard to keep.
The MIT Office of Undergraduate Admissions enrolls a talented and diverse undergraduate student body composed of some of the world’s most intelligent and creative individuals interested in an education centered on science and technology.
For us, egalitarian means that we evaluate all students on equal terms, and on the basis of their own individual interests and aptitudes as opposed to their resources or connections. All admitted students pass through the same demanding process02 and meet the same demanding standard, regardless of legacy status, donor affiliation, or athletic recruitment. We have no quotas by school, state, region, or socioeconomic background, but we also value diversity and believe that it contributes to the merit of each class. We are fortunate to be able to consider all applicants without regard for their ability to pay for the MIT education, and meet their full financial need with our generous aid.
For us, accessible means that anyone should be able to understand how to apply to MIT, be able to complete an application, and, if admitted, be able to afford to attend. To do this, describe our admissions process, in print and online, in as comprehensive and comprehensible a manner as we can.
We are as transparent about our work as possible: we tell you what we are looking for, publish admissions statistics, and avoid any unnecessary complexities or hidden preferences that could give some applicants an unfair advantage through access to ‘insider’ knowledge.
We also believe in truth-in-advertising and try to present MIT accurately: good, bad, and otherwise. When we travel, we try to recruit from the broadest possible public, and our Educational Council offers interviews to as many students as it can to help demystify MIT. We are easy to contact, and try to respond to all 70,000+ emails we receive per year as quickly and personally as we can.
We acknowledge that that there is an ironic tension between our goal of being accessible and the reality that the vast majority of our applicants will not be offered admission. However, we believe that our work to demystify both MIT and the admissions process, as well as our commitment to a level playing field, contributes to the well-being of our applicants, their families, and the broader ‘system’ in which we collectively have a stake.
For us, being responsible means acknowledging that we have a moral obligation to act ethically, on behalf of our institution and the public we serve. To that end, we routinely reconsider, and reflect upon, our programs and processes to ask ourselves if they are student-centered, institutionally aligned, and in the public interest. We understand that our actions and expectations influence the behavior of students, parents, and others with a stake in our work, and try to support initiatives and affirm principles that we hope will positively influence the conversation around college admissions. We encourage students to be their best selves rather than conform to what they imagine might get them into MIT, and we try to remind them that their application is not the end, but the beginning, of a set of choices that will cumulatively determine their life.