Class of 2020 declares majors

6-3 dominates the field, sharp drop in 6-2

8138 frosh declared majors
Number of Declared Freshman Majors: May 2017 v. May 2016

Declarations of Course 6-3 rose significantly from last year, while those of its stouter cousin 6-2 fell the most, as the Registrar’s Office tallied the results of the Class of 2020’s major selections. Overall, new enrollments in the School of Engineering dropped 3.3 percent, while majors outside the top nine tacked on a 2.5 percent increase.

Course 14, which took 0.3 percent of declarers from the Class of 2019, gained 1.4 percent from this year’s freshmen with its new dual offerings of 14-1 (Economics) and 14-2 (Mathematical Economics). The Department of Mechanical Engineering’s Course 2A and Course 2, which have recently seen the second and third most enrollments, had a drop in freshman enrollments between 2016 and 2017, from 8.7 and 7.5 percent of total enrollments to 7.8 and 5.5 percent, respectively.

Course 24-2 (Linguistics & Philosophy) once again scored only one member of the freshman class, while Course 12 (Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences) octupled its singleton acquisition from last year, gaining eight students.

The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science announced the creation of a minor in computer science last April, and the minor has drawn 67 applicants since its inception, Registrar Mary Callahan said in an email to The Tech.

Overall the number of students who enrolled in each of MIT’s six schools is as follows: eight in the School of Architecture and Planning, 743 in the School of Engineering, 25 in the School of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, 28 in the Sloan School of Management, and 239 in the School of Science.

68 freshmen either remain undesignated or have yet to declare a major.