After a national search Vassar has named Art Rodriguez to be the college’s new Dean of Admission and Financial Aid. Rodriguez is currently the Senior Associate Dean and Director of Admissions at Pomona College (Claremont, CA), and he will begin his new position on September 1.
As the senior member of the Pomona admissions staff Rodriguez’s roles range from day-to-day management of the Office of Admissions to development and implementation of admissions policy. He also has been responsible for incorporating new technologies to support the college’s admissions efforts. Rodriguez began his career at Pomona in 2000 and has also served there as assistant, associate, and acting dean of admissions.
Rodriguez has noted that being the first person in his family to attend college has deepened his commitment to advance college access and affordability.
“Art has worked consistently to make a selective college experience accessible to students from all backgrounds,” said Vassar president Catharine Hill. “That commitment, along with his extensive experience in student recruitment, including working with multiple constituencies on and off campus, will be of great benefit to our community at Vassar."
Prior to his time at Pomona Rodriguez served as Director of Multicultural Affairs and Director of the Pre-Freshman Math & Science Program at Carleton College (Northfield, MN). He graduated from Carleton with a BA in environmental geochemistry, and from Harvard University with a Master’s of Education in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy.
Vassar College enrolls approximately 2,400 undergraduate students. Its most recent class of 666 freshmen began from an initial pool of 7,597 applicants, of which only 24.1 percent were offered admission. Among the many measures of the academic strength of this class, their combined average SAT scores (2088) were nearly the highest in the college’s history. More than 37% of these freshmen were students of color, 43% were men, and 13% were international students with either foreign or dual citizenship. The class included students from more than 500 high schools in 47 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and 28 foreign nations. It was also a very socioeconomically diverse first-year class, with 56% receiving Vassar scholarship aid and 79 members who were the first in their family to attend college.
Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.