What ECs Do
The role of the Educational Counselor (EC) combines three tasks that are crucial to the admissions process: building relationships and acting as a community resource, interviewing, and serving as a resource for admitted students. As the Institute's contact in the community, you are in a unique position to identify talented students, answer questions about MIT's policies and procedures, and encourage qualified students to apply and enroll if accepted.
One of the key functions of the EC is to build relationships with the community. As local representatives of MIT, ECs act as personal points of contact for students in the area. By making themselves available year-round and responding to questions, ECs provide students with an awareness of the MIT experience, dispel stereotypes about the Institute, and point students to current information on key concerns such as student life and financial aid. ECs offer the first handshake and put a human face on the Institute. They introduce any and all interested students to MIT, informing them about life on campus and how the admissions process works.
ECs meet with local MIT applicants to interview them and assess their potential as candidates for admission. The EC follows up by writing a summary report to the Office of Admissions. These interview reports flesh out the applicant's profile and often offer key information to make the case for an admit.
Although the interview became an optional component of an MIT application in 2001, the majority of applicants continue to opt to participate in the interview process. Thus, the EC's role as an interviewer continues to be a vital part of the admissions process.
Serving as a Resource for Admitted Students
Once a student has been admitted to MIT, they will likely have many questions while they are deciding which school would be the best fit for them. ECs continue to act as a resource for these students, and can offer congratulations, advice, and information to the students while they make a life-changing decision.
Central Meetings: Considered the top priority for fall travel, Central Meetings are a chance for the Admissions staff to speak with interested students, parents, and guidance counselors about life at MIT. ECs in the area are asked to attend.
EC Gatherings: These meetings occur prior to Central Meetings and offer visiting Admissions staff and local ECs an opportunity to get to know each other and exchange information.
Seasonal Meetings: At different times during the year (e.g. December recess, Spring, Summer), ECs will organize small, informal events that bring prospective and current MIT students together to help the admissions candidates learn more about the Institute first-hand.
An Educational Counselor (EC) provides vital assistance to the Office of Admissions. ECs discover and recruit potential candidates, interview applicants, and serve as a community resource. Each EC is appointed for a 3-year term.
Interviews: On average, each EC conducts 6 one-hour interviews per season, between September and December. The number of interviews will vary depending on where you live, the number of applicants in your area, and the number of ECs in your area.
Reports: After each interview, you will submit a report online on the candidate. Reports generally take an hour to prepare, and should be submitted within one week of the interview.
Connections: You will serve as a resource for students and/or guidance counselors, while making an effort to provide accurate information about MIT, dispel misconceptions, and put a human face on the Institute. You will stay informed of changes at MIT and/or at the schools in your region, and will maintain contact with the EC Office.
Events: In the fall, you will attend an Admissions Central Meeting (this is essential). You will also attend one yield event in the spring, if a yield event is being held in your region.
Training and support
The EC Office provides training and support, including detailed guidelines about how to conduct interviews and perform other EC functions. We supply all ECs with updated information about MIT, as well as materials you can hand out to guidance counselors. Within the EC network, ECs also support and help each other.
The Educational Council Regional Chair (RC) provides local help and guidance for ECs in their region.
As an EC, you will play an invaluable role in (and learn a great deal about) the admissions process. You will also become part of an active, expanded community. We will help you keep track of the students you interview, and explore ways in which MIT's resources might be leveraged in support of your local community.
You will be supporting MIT in a vital way, enhancing the Institute's ability to have a positive impact on the world.