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MIT Admits Less than 4% To The Class of 2026

14 MAR 2022

The results are in, and the competition is more fierce than ever! Of the 33,796 students who applied to the MIT Class of 2026, the university only extended admission offers to 1,337 students. The 3.9% of students who received the good news came from 50 states, 65 countries, and more than 900 different high schools.

Keeping with tradition, MIT released its 2026 regular admissions results on Pi Day, March 14, at 6:28 pm. MIT’s dedicated team of admissions officers reviewed thousands of applications, taking a holistic approach to each one. The MIT Class of 2026 statistics were first announced in an MIT Admissions blog post on March 14. The post reported that MIT saw a 2% increase in Early and Regular action applicants from last year, with a record high of 33,796 students applying to the MIT Class of 2026. The previous two years’ numbers were well above the average 20,000 applicants before the pandemic.

MIT Acceptance Rate And Admission Stats For Class of 2026

MIT Class of 2026 Acceptance Rate
Number of ApplicationsAccepted StudentsAcceptance Rate
Regular Applications33,7961,3373.9%
Early Applications14,7816974.7%

MIT Regular Admissions Results for the Class of 2026

MIT’s class of 2026 faced one of the toughest admission cycles. 33,796 students applied to MIT of which only 1,337 students got accepted at an acceptance rate of only 3.9%. The downward trend in acceptance rate over the years for MIT has made it one of the most competitive non Ivy League schools to get into.

MIT Early Admissions Results for the Class of 2026

MIT reported their Early Admission results in December 2021. Of the 14,781 applicants, MIT accepted only 697 students, with an early acceptance rate of 4.7%, to the Class of 2026. Based on these acceptance numbers, we recommend you apply early to increase your chances of getting into MIT.

MIT Regular Admissions Results over the Past Three Years

MIT experienced a record number of applications for the Class of 2025 and Class of 2026. Application numbers were well above the pre-pandemic numbers, and both 2025 and 2026 saw 66+% more applications than the Class of 2024. The comparison chart below highlights the sharp increase in applicants over the last three years.

MIT Regular Admissions Acceptance Rate
Class of 2024Class of 2025Class of 2026
Total First-Year Applicants 20,07533,24033,796
Admitted Applicants1,4571,340 1,337
Overall Admission Rate7.3%4.1%3.9%

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Crimson Students Accepted into MIT

Crimson students are receiving their admissions notices, with a few already reporting admittance! Congratulations to all the Crimson students accepted into MIT’s Class of 2026!

How Crimson Can Help you get into MIT and Other Top Universities

MIT is one of the first top US universities to release their regular round results in what looks to be another competitive admissions cycle. Most college admissions experts believe the high application numbers over the last two years are largely due to COVID restrictions and many schools going test-optional. Many colleges are extending their standardized testing policies for another year, so next year’s application numbers could set another record.

Crimson Education helps thousands of students gain admission to their dream schools. Despite enormous applicant pools and low acceptance rates at top universities, Crimson’s acceptance numbers are going up! This year, more than 200 of our students were accepted to top universities in the US in the early round alone. Here is a breakdown of Crimson’s early-round numbers.

  • 44+ early admits to the Ivy League with half of these students admitted into the most competitive: Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and Columbia
  • 6+ early admits to Stanford and MIT
  • 56+ early admits to the US Top 10
  • A combined 20+ early admits to Duke, UChicago, Northwestern, and Johns Hopkins
  • 17 early admits to NYU
  • More than 200 early admits to the US Top 50 universities

As we watch the rest of the Regular Decision acceptances roll in, we’re confident that our students will have another successful year.


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