Seth Allen

Vice President for Strategy & Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid
With Pomona Since: 2011
  • Expertise


    With 25 years of experience in the field of college admissions, Seth Allen has a deep understanding of best practices and trends in admissions and financial aid across the country.  

    Under his direction, Pomona’s admissions team has expanded the recruitment of underrepresented students and further strengthened relationships with QuestBridge, Posse (Chicago and Miami), and the Pomona College Academy of Youth Success. The office has also increased the College’s global reach through new international recruitment in Latin America, Africa, India, and Europe.  

    Allen has been quoted extensively by the national media and speaks regularly at high schools and conferences throughout the world. He has served on the board of directors of The Common Application (president 2008-09), as chair of the Member Relations Committee for the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC, 2011-13) and on the College Board Guidance and Admissions Assembly Council.

    Areas of Expertise


    • College Access
    • Higher Education
    • College Preparation
    • College Board
    • Federal student Aid (FAFSA)
    • Affirmative Action and College Admissions
    • College Applications
    • Programs for Underrepresented Students
  • Education


    Master of Science
    The Johns Hopkins University

    Bachelor of Arts
    The Johns Hopkins University

    Professional Experience

    Prior to joining Pomona, Allen was dean of admission and financial aid at Grinnell College. He also served as dean of admissions at Dickinson College and was the The Johns Hopkins University director of enrollment planning, research and technology.