Executive order won’t change admissions process

Mahmoud Hassan, a Syrian student admitted to the class of 2021, told CNN he is worried that President Donald J. Trump’s executive order on immigration will prevent him from attending MIT this coming fall.

“It is hard to know what will happen,” Stu Schmill ’86, Dean of Admissions and Student Financial Services, told The Tech in an email, “but I hope that we’ll be able to enroll the most talented students from around the world just as we always have.”

The executive order indefinitely bars refugees from Syria from entering the U.S, and it suspends all refugee entrance for 120 days. Furthermore, the order bars people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering the U.S. for 90 days.

While it remains unclear if students from these countries will be allowed unhindered entrance to the U.S., MIT does not plan to change its admissions process.

“We will reassure prospective students that we do not plan to change our processes and that we plan to continue to admit the most talented students from all over the world, and will work hard to make sure they can come and study at MIT.”

Emma Bingham contributed reporting.