At the helm of admissions and enrollment management since 2013, Satyajit Dattagupta is building a geographically diverse and academically strong student body.
Stepping into the role as Washington College’s vice president for enrollment management at a time of tremendous challenges in higher education, Satyajit Dattagupta has worked decisively and boldly to build the College’s Enrollment Management division into a powerhouse of talent, creativity, and drive. At the conclusion of Dattagupta’s second admissions season, during which he and his team recruited a class of 407 first-year students that included 136 Presidential Fellows and nearly 100 students of color, Interim President Jay Griswold called his efforts “nothing short of phenomenal.”
With more than 60 percent of first-year students now coming from outside of Maryland, and with the average grade-point average rising to 3.7, the Class of 2019 is considered the most diverse and academically strong in recent history.
In his first year on the job, Dattagupta strengthened resources in collecting and analyzing data about today’s applicants and how the College communicates with them. He worked closely with staff writers and designers to hone the admissions messages. And he invested in high-quality videos as a way to share the College’s stories with prospective students and their families—an investment he continues to make.
He also oversaw the transformation of the former Casey Academic Center into a modern Admissions Visitors Center that uses technology to tell the Washington College story. The room includes a 90-inch video screen and two touch-screen iPad kiosks that offer video and still images of the Washington College experience. While campus visits are an important part of the student recruitment process, Dattagupta is devoting greater energies to international recruitment, particularly in India, the Middle East, China, Japan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Brazil.
Dattagupta believes that having a greater number of international students on campus adds value to the campus experience by bringing an element of globalization to daily interactions. With the help of his talented team, Dattagupta doubled the incoming international population from 27 in 2013 to 53 in 2014. Among the incoming class in 2014 were 30 from China and five from India, Dattagupta’s country of birth. Another 36 international students are part of the incoming class in 2015.
Satyajit Dattagupta was formerly an admissions executive at the University of Rochester with a background in computer science and data analysis.
A native of Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, Dattagupta earned both a bachelor’s degree in computer science and a master’s in business administration from Southwest Minnesota State University. He lives in Chestertown with his wife, Priyanka, and son Linden.