Philip Ballinger

Associate Vice Provost for Enrollment and Undergraduate Admissions

University of Washington (Seattle, WA)

Philip Ballinger is the Associate Vice Provost for Enrollment and Undergraduate Admissions at the University of Washington in Seattle. He has been a college admission professional for nearly 25 years, having worked at both private and public institutions of higher education. Philip has served as Dean of Faculty for the College Board Western Region’s Summer Institute for new admission professionals, as an elected member of the College Board’s national Guidance and Admissions Assembly Council (GAAC), and as Chair of the College Board’s Higher Education Advisory Committee for Advanced Placement. He now serves as Chair-elect of GACC. Philip was also a member of the NACAC Commission on the Use of Standardized Tests in Undergraduate Admissions and currently serves as Chair of NACAC’s Commission on the Recruitment of International Students. He also serves as a member of Cambridge University’s International Examinations Higher Education Advisory Council for the United States.

In addition to a book on the Victorian poet Gerard Manley Hopkins, Philip has written extensively on college admission and enrollment issues. Among his works are an essay in College Unranked: Ending the College Admissions Frenzy (Harvard University Press, 2005), a chapter on the use of socio-economic factors in selective college admissions in Key Issues in New Student Enrollment (Jossey-Bass, 2007), and an essay on the topic of transparency relative to college admission and financial aid policies and practices at (College Board, 2010). Philip is a primary author of the holistic admission review process used at the University of Washington, a process that takes applicants’ educational and socio-economic contexts strongly into consideration.

Philip attained his Ph.D. in religious studies at the University of Louvain (Belgium) and is an affiliate faculty member in Comparative Religion at the University of Washington.

Self-introduction video

CERPP Ballinger Intro from USC CERPP on Vimeo.