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    As a graduate, and as a Newtown resident, I would've guessed MIT but not Newtown if you asked me a multiple choice question last year.

    MIT is a pretty intense place, with intense pressure to succeed. Part of the learning process is maneuvering your way through. Easy to see how someone could snap.

    Facts and Figures

    (A Boston Globe study of college suicides, 1990-2001) Of the 12 schools that made data available [including Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Cornell, University of Michigan, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign], MIT had the highest suicide rate: 10.2 per 100,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The only direct comparison for the 12 could be made counting all students. MIT also provided a breakdown of its undergraduate suicides, where the rate was 20.6. Most other colleges had fewer than 7 suicides per 100,000, closer to the average for all colleges. The rate at Harvard, with total annual enrollment of about 18,500, was 7.4, with 15 suicides since 1990. The rate at Johns Hopkins was 7, and at Cornell, 5.7. At some public universities that compete for students with MIT, incident rates were also lower: The University of Michigan, which enrolls about 37,000 students a year, had a rate of 2.5. [ref]

    74% of students surveyed by the [2001] MIT task force said they had an emotional problem that interfered with their daily lives. [ref]

    MIT officially acknowledges 47 student suicides from 1964-2000. [ref]

    Suicide rates per 100,000 student-years during the period of 1964 to 2000:
    National Average    MIT Undergraduate    MIT Undergraduate + Graduate
    1964-2000    11.7    21.2    14.6
    1995-2000    12.0    18.1    10.1

    http://web.mit.edu/...

    "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

    by Greg Dworkin on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 10:03:04 AM PST

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