For 7.00x, we have records of 37,997 students who registered for the course by the cutoff date of this report, September 8, 2013. According to self-reported demographics, registrants were 57.7% men, and as a group, highly educated: 32.2% have earned bachelor’s degrees, 26.4% have masters or professional degrees, and 9.2% of registrants had earned a doctorate (for certified students, percentages are 28.2%, 35.0%, and 13.7%, respectively). Distributions of level of education and gender are plotted below in the top half of Figure 2, along with the average distributions for all MITx courses . Note, roughly 8% of 7.00x registrants did not self-report one or more of the demographic categories.
Figure 2. Distributions of demographic variables collected at registration for all registrants reporting data, with MITx-wide comparisons for reference: (top left) education attainment, (top-right) gender, (bottom left) age, and (bottom right) geolocation via IP look-up.
As with other MITx courses on edX, 7.00x students came from all over the world. Based on geolocation of student IP addresses, 33.6% of registrants came from the United States (this was the highest rate across the first year of MITx courses on edX), but many students also came from over 150 other countries around the world. Consistent with other MITx courses on edX, the median age of registrants and certified students were higher than those of typical MIT undergraduates; namely 28 and 31 years, respectively. Distributions of geolocated country and age are plotted for 7.00x in Figure 2, alongside the average distributions for all MITx courses.