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MIT retains the highest amount of accepted students in school's history

Posted by Your Town  June 14, 2013 02:59 PM

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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology retained the highest amount of accepted students in the university's history, with a yield of 73 percent, according to an MIT official.

Dean of Admissions Stu Schmill said that 1,125 of 1,548 accepted students confirmed that they will be attending MIT next year. In 2012, 70 percent of accepted applicants chose to attend MIT, and in 2011, the yield rate was at 65 percent.

Schmill said the admissions office had discussed the possibility of fewer students enrolling after the Boston Marathon bombings and subsequent death of MIT Officer Sean Collier. But Schmill said he thinks potential students recognized that Cambridge is a safe place, and that this was an isolated incident.

"I don't think there were families that saw what happened and thought of MIT as less safe than any other place," he said.

With the yield rate at an all-time high, no students will be admitted from off the wait list for the second consecutive year, Schmill said.

"We are pleased that so many students chose to enroll, but we were hoping to take some students off the wait list and we just couldn't do it," he said.

This year also marked a record low acceptance rate for MIT. The university accepted a total of 8.2 percent of the 18,989 candidates who applied.

At Harvard, 82 percent of admitted students plan to enroll, according to a statement from school officials. This year's yield rate is the highest yield since the 1960s.

Katherine Landergan can be reached at klandergan@globe.com. For campus news updates, follow her on Twitter @klandergan.

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