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Jobs: Admissions Counselor, Data Analysis

Date Posted: September 25, 2023

Job #: 23230 (apply here)


What does the person in this role do? 

The admissions counselor, data analysis serves as an admissions officer with a primary focus on admissions research and analysis. Reporting to the director of admissions for research and analysis, the position supports the data collection, analysis, and reporting needs of the MIT Office of Admissions.

The role administers several online surveys throughout the year and reports on research findings to senior admissions leaders to influence admissions policy. As an admissions counselor the position participates in the admissions process, including application review and admissions selection. The counselor conducts on-campus information sessions for visiting students and parents regularly, and schedules and coordinates local, regional, and national information sessions.

Where does this role fit in the organizational structure of the office? 

The admissions counselor for data analysis is a core member of the admissions team, and reports to the director of admissions for research and analysis.

Characteristic duties + responsibilities 

  • Admissions data analysis: Support the data collection, analysis, and reporting needs of the MIT Office of Admissions. Create and administer surveys using software such as Qualtrics. Analyze admissions survey data and provide reports for relevant parties within the admissions office. With oversight from the director of admissions research and analysis, prepare data for submission to MIT Institutional Research and external organizations, such as the Consortium on Financing Higher Education. Manage research projects independently, as needed.
  • Application review and selection: Read and evaluate a full caseload of domestic and international first-year applications annually, which requires regular evening and weekend work from late October through mid-March. Participate in the first-year selection and transfer selection process.
  • Admissions reception and information sessions: Counsel walk-in visitors, complete email correspondence, and respond to phone calls from prospective students and school counselors. Regularly conduct on-campus information sessions for visiting students and parents.
  • Outreach travel: Independently schedule, plan, and present numerous regional recruitment information sessions throughout the country, generally requiring one to two weeks of travel. Other travel obligations may include attendance at local and national college fairs, and occasional professional conference attendance.


A successful applicant will be able to demonstrably meet the following requirements: 

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills, and outstanding interpersonal and organizational skills required
  • Experience with data management and graphic presentation with MS Excel essential
  • Familiarity with SPSS or other statistical software, Tableau, and Power Point preferred
  • Must be capable of working with minimal supervision, exercising good judgment, taking initiative, and setting priorities
  • Regular evening and weekend work required from November through April
  • Must be able to travel by air several weeks annually
  • Driver’s license required