The 1,689 students accepted for the Class of 2006 and their families have been invited to attend Campus Preview Weekend Thursday through Sunday (April 4-7). About 850 students and 675 parents are expected to attend.
They will visit residence halls and FSILGs, sample the food, attend special lectures, frolic on Kresge Oval and meet with faculty, students and coaches during their visit. President Charles M. Vest will host a reception for parents from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Friday in La Sala de Puerto Rico at the Stratton Student Center.
Inviting faculty and administrators to participate in the activities, Dean of Admissions Marilee Jones said: "Being the best in the world, our admitted students have many choices. Moreover, our competitor schools have become extremely creative in offering incentives to enroll. Our only incentive ... this is MIT after all."
MIT expects 1,000 (including 10 transfer students) of the 1,689 admitted students to matriculate in the fall. The number has been reduced to ease overcrowding in the residence halls. It will be the smallest freshman class since 1973, when 895 enrolled. The class of 2005 yielded 1,033 students from 1,787 admitted.
Simmons Hall, which opens for the fall semester, will provide an additional 350 spaces, some for returning students and some for freshmen. Incoming freshmen will be required to live on campus for the entire year, the first class to do so.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on April 3, 2002.