The Office of Admissions has admitted 584 candidates for early action to the Class of 2005, chosen from a record pool of 3,397 applicants. Most of the others were placed in the regular action pool.
In the Class of 2004, 541 early action candidates were accepted from a pool of 2,291. Of that group, 322 matriculated.
Dean of Admissions Marilee Jones anticipates the regular action pool to be 7,100, down slightly from last year's record high number. She expects the entering class to be about 1,000, the same as last September's.
The Class of 2004 was made up of 1,012 freshmen -- 587 men and 425 women -- from an overall pool of 10,671. They came from 47 states and 56 foreign countries and grew up in homes among which 65 languages are spoken. Forty-eight percent of them were valedictorians, while the rest were in the top 5 percent of their high school classes. Seventy percent graduated from public high schools and one in five come from households in which neither parent is a college graduate.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on February 7, 2001.