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Stuart Schmill '86

Dean of Admissions, 2008 - present

Director, Educational Council

Dean of Admissions, 2008 - present

Director, Educational Council

Stuart Schmill ’86
Dean of Admissions, 2008 - present
Director, Educational Council

After earning a degree in mechanical engineering from MIT, Stu Schmill spent a year designing vehicles for General Motors at the Chevrolet headquarters. Shortly thereafter, he was offered a job as MIT’s head crew coach and director of crew, in which role, he led the rowing team to several victories and earned himself the title of coach of the year in the Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges. In 2002, Mr. Schmill joined the MIT Admissions Office, of which he was later appointed as interim director in 2007 and dean in 2008. His undeniable passion for and involvement in undergraduate education led him to hold a variety of positions at the Institute including director of Parent, Student, and Young Alumni Programs and director of MIT’s Educational Council; in 2008, he was honored with MIT’s Dean for Undergraduate Education Infinite Mile Award for Leadership. In addition to the many roles he’s played at MIT, Mr. Schmill has served as a trustee, founder, or advisor to an array of organizations such as the College Board, University of Cambridge International Examinations, Wayland-Weston Rowing Association, To the Water Inc., and the Mandela Town Hall Health Spot.  

Highlights of this interview include:

  • Professor Woodie Flowers, the 2.007 contest, and their impact on Mr. Schmill’s mechanical engineering career.
  • Reflections on MIT crew and being an undergraduate coxswain who later became coach.
  • Advice from an MIT alumnus and admissions counselor to prospective and incoming students.
  • In-depth overview of the admissions process and the profile of the ideal MIT candidate.
  • Discussion of how the changes in admissions reflect the needs and desires of MIT’s culture.

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