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Facts about first-years. Everything you need to know about the Class of 2022.

From its laid-back hackers to its rigorous academics, MIT can be a bewildering place for the uninitiated. From 1925 to the 1940s, a multi-day “Freshman Camp” was held at Lake Massapoag, featuring talks, sports, and traditions like dunking the sophomore class president. Today, first-years learn about campus culture during Orientation/Residence Exploration (REX) week. Find out a bit more about the Class of 2022 and the experiences of previous generations with this compilation of first-year facts. 

Map of the world. Text reads "First-years hail from 54 countries"/"Closest hometown: Cambridge, MA"/"Most represented US state: California"/"Farthest hometown: St. Ives, Australia"
Illustration of male/female icons. Text reads: "Class of 2022 makeup: Male: 50%/Female 49%/Other Identity: 1%"
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21,706 applied to the class of 2022. 1,464 were accepted. 1,122 first years enrolled as of July 15.
Image of pie chart. Text reads: "70% of the Class of 2022 went to public schools"
Text reads: "1952: The year the Freshman Advisory Council, made up of faculty members, was established to help ease first-years into the rigors of MIT life."
Text reads: Kevin, Daniel, and Emily: The most popular names in the Class  of 2022.
Photo of a banner that reads "Tech is Hell". Text reads: " Tech is Hell" is listed as an official cheer in the 1929 student handbook.
Photo of students participating in a water balloon fight in front of the MIT dome. Text reads: 3000 - Estimated number of water balloons thrown at the 2017 REX water war between East and West Campus.
Illustration of hand tools. Text reads :"During Residence Exploration (REX) 2017, dorms held sessions on making musical instruments, forging aluminum, and more."
Illustration of striped tie. Text reads: In the late 1920s, first-years had to wear neckties in the school colors at all times. When the practice was abolished in 1931, students held a tie funeral.

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Map of the world. Text reads "First-years hail from 54 countries"/"Closest hometown: Cambridge, MA"/"Most represented US state: California"/"Farthest hometown: St. Ives, Australia"
Illustration of male/female icons. Text reads: "Class of 2022 makeup: Male: 50%/Female 49%/Other Identity: 1%"
21,706 applied to the class of 2022. 1,464 were accepted. 1,122 first years enrolled as of July 15.
Image of pie chart. Text reads: "70% of the Class of 2022 went to public schools"
Text reads: "1952: The year the Freshman Advisory Council, made up of faculty members, was established to help ease first-years into the rigors of MIT life."
Text reads: Kevin, Daniel, and Emily: The most popular names in the Class  of 2022.
Photo of a banner that reads "Tech is Hell". Text reads: " Tech is Hell" is listed as an official cheer in the 1929 student handbook.
Photo of students participating in a water balloon fight in front of the MIT dome. Text reads: 3000 - Estimated number of water balloons thrown at the 2017 REX water war between East and West Campus.
Illustration of hand tools. Text reads :"During Residence Exploration (REX) 2017, dorms held sessions on making musical instruments, forging aluminum, and more."
Illustration of striped tie. Text reads: In the late 1920s, first-years had to wear neckties in the school colors at all times. When the practice was abolished in 1931, students held a tie funeral.
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