Dean of Admissions
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Stuart Schmill is dean of admissions for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Schmill’s career at MIT began in 1982 when he enrolled at the university as a freshman. Following his graduation in 1986 with a degree in mechanical engineering, Schmill spent a year working as a project engineer at General Motors before returning to his alma mater in a professional role. During his long tenure at MIT, Schmill has served the Institute in a variety of positions, including Director of Crew; Director of Parent, Student, and Young Alumni Programs in the MIT Alumni Association; Director of MIT’s Educational Council; and Senior Associate Director of Admissions. Schmill joined the admissions office in 2002, was appointed Interim Director in 2007, and Dean in 2008.
An innovative and compassionate leader, Schmill has been honored with the MIT Dean for Undergraduate Education Infinite Mile Award for Leadership, the MIT Alumni Association Harold E. Lobdell ’17 Distinguished Service Award, and as Outstanding Freshman Advisor for MIT. In 1997, Schmill was named Coach of the Year in the Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges, the most competitive rowing league in the country.
Schmill has been a speaker at admissions conferences around the world, including for the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC), the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and the Korean Council for University Education (KCUE). Since 2009, Schmill has been a guest faculty member at the Harvard Summer Institute for College Admissions, and from 2005-2008, Schmill served as co-president of the New England Coordinators of Alumni Admissions Programs (NECAAP).
Beyond the MIT campus, Schmill has served as trustee, founder, or advisor to a variety of organizations, including the College Board, University of Cambridge International Examinations, Wayland-Weston Rowing Association, To The Water, Inc., and the Mandela Town Hall Health Spot.
He and his wife Debbie live in Needham, Massachusetts, and have two daughters, Sammi and Becca (MIT ’22 and ’24 respectively, if Stu can recruit them!).