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Phone: 828.227.7317
Toll Free: 877.928.4968
Fax: .828.227.7319
Email: admiss@wcu.edu
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST

Address

Western Carolina University
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
110 H.F. Robinson
1 University Drive
Cullowhee, NC 28723

Meet The Admissions Staff

Our dedicated admissions counselors are here to help you find all the answers to your questions about Western Carolina University and the college admission process. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office or contact an admissions counselor individually.

Our counselors are divided into two groups, trained to meet your personal admission needs: freshmen counselors or transfer counselors. Our talented admissions staff also handles International Student applications.

Not only do our transfer counselors work with students who have previously attended another college or university after graduating from high school but with students who do not have a recent high school profile.

Undergraduate Admissions Administrators

Mike Langford - Director of Undergraduate Admissions

 

Mike Langford

Director of Undergraduate Admissions

malangford@wcu.edu
828.227.7317

Patrick Frazier

 

Patrick Frazier

Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions Marketing & Recruitment

pfrazier@wcu.edu
828.227.2671

Chris Parrish

 

Chris Parrish

Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions Systems & Planning

parrish@wcu.edu
828.227.3159

Undergraduate Admissions Freshman Counselors

Suzi Swartz

 

Suzi Swartz

Senior Assistant Director of Undergraduate Freshman Admissions

sswartz@wcu.edu
828.227.3167

Hometown: Brooklyn, Connecticut
Educational Background: B.A. in History & German Studies, Colby College; M.A. and Ph.D. in History, Stony Brook University
Professional background: I was a tour guide in college and worked in admissions before graduate school. I love helping students connect with a school and navigate the application process. It’s an exciting time in students’ lives, and their enthusiasm is a big part of why I love it! 
What I love about WCU: I moved to Western NC from Boston, but grew up in a small town. WCU is like its own small town, and I felt at home here right away—everyone is very friendly and welcoming! 
Favorite Quote: “When you come to a fork in the road, take it!” -Yogi Berra

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Abi Hammer

Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions

ahammer@wcu.edu 
828.227.2676

Hometown: Sylva, NC
Educational Background: B.S. Economics, NC State University 2021
Professional background: Before starting at WCU I was an Orientation Leader and working in the orientation/new student programs office at NCSU. I knew during college that I wanted to help other students achieve their educational goals. I love the energy that encompasses a university: there are so many people are now able to pursue what they are interested in or discover new opportunities.
What I love about WCU: I love the community at WCU and the surrounding area. They are all welcoming and work towards the same goal of student success. I also love the nature that surrounds campus: the Great Smoky Mountains and Nantahala National Forest offer so many opportunities for adventure.
Favorite Quote: “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” – A.A. Milne

Keyona Presha

 

Keyona Presha

Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions

kpresha@wcu.edu
828.227.2682

Hometown: Asheville, NC
Educational Background: Bachelor of Business Administration with a Concentration in Management, North Carolina Central University; Master of Science in Communication with a Specialization in Public Relations, Syracuse University  
Professional background: I started my professional journey in banking in 2016 before transitioning over to admissions in 2019. I knew from my very first day in higher education that helping students in meeting their educational goals is my long term passion.
What I love about WCU: In addition to our location, the students, faculty and staff make you feel like you are a part of the WCU family the minute you step on campus.
Favorite Quote: “The higher purpose of my life is not the song and dance or the acclaim, but to rise up, to pull up others and leave the world and industry a better place.” –Viola Davis

Adam Ray

 

Adam Ray

Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions

caray@wcu.edu
828.227.3796

Hometown: Cullowhee, NC
Educational Background: B.A. History, WCU (2013); B.S. Social Science Education, WCU (2013); M.Ed. Higher Education Student Affairs, WCU (2016)
Professional Background: As a first-generation college student attending WCU I had to seek out many opportunities and information on my own. Though this was incredibly beneficial for me I discovered a passion for assisting others in navigating higher education so that they too could have a fulfilling and positive experience. Working within undergraduate admissions at WCU has not only allowed me to continue to develop this passion, but it has also provided me with an opportunity to serve as an initial contact for many prospective students and help them set a path towards success prior to arriving on campus.      
What I love about WCU: The faculty and staff at WCU make student success a priority and help foster a supportive learning environment for all. 
Favorite Quote: “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift” -Steve Prefontaine
Advice for future Catamounts: I was a member of the Honors College throughout my undergraduate years. I am happy to share my experience and/or answer any questions that you might have related to the program.  

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Vacant Position

Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions

828.227.7317

Undergraduate Admissions Transfer Counselors

Heather Hill

 

Heather Hill

Senior Assistant Director of Undergraduate Transfer Admissions

hchill@wcu.edu
828.227.3170

Hometown: Mills River, NC 
Educational Background: Bachelor’s of Science in Communication with double concentrations in Public Relations & Journalism, minor in Psychology and a Master’s in Higher Education Student Affairs – both from WCU. 
Professional Background: I always knew that I wanted to use my degree to help promote something I truly believed in and what better than my university! My college years were some of the best of my life and my education has afforded me many opportunities that I never would have had without it. I love helping people pursue their dreams and going to college is a big part of that for many. That’s why I love working in Higher Education. 
What I love about WCU: I love that everyone feels like family here as well as the feeling of peace and serenity that our campus atmosphere brings. 
Favorite Quote: “When all else fails, God doesn’t.” Psalm 73:26 & “You can never be overdressed or overeducated.” Kate Spade

Keri Clark

 

Keri Clark

Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions

kclark@wcu.edu 
828.227.2680

Hometown: Waynesville, NC 
Educational Background:2018 - BSBA in Business Administration and Law, minor in Management, Western Carolina University. In-progress - Master’s in Business Administration, University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Professional Background:Prior to becoming a transfer counselor for WCU, I worked in public health. Being new to the workforce of higher education, I was quickly able to find my passion. As a transfer student myself, I have a strong desire to help transfer students navigate the complexities of continuing their education at a different institution. 
What I love about WCU: The location! Western North Carolina is an absolutely beautiful place to experience all four seasons in the lovely scenic Smoky Mountains. So many outdoor opportunities for exploration and adventure!  
Favorite Quote: “Don’t let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity. It’s your place in the world; it’s your life.”- Dr. Mae Jemison

Jalin Montgomery

 

Jalin Montgomery

Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions

jkmontgomery@wcu.edu
828.227.2913

Hometown: Shelby, North Carolina 
Educational Background: Bachelor of Science- Business Administration and Law, WCU 
Professional Background: After working here at WCU during my undergraduate years as an EnTOURage tour guide, I realized that by giving tours to students, I am  helping students decide if attending a four year institution will help them reach their goals they have set for themselves in life. 
What I love about WCU: Community of feeling like a family and also over the years I have grown a deeper love for the mountains of Western, NC. 
Favorite Quote: “If it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work.  But you have to try, because if you try, if you leap and you try and it doesn’t work out, it’s not on you” – Olivia Pope

Beth Owenby

 

Beth Owenby

Regional Assistant Director of Admissions at A-B Tech

meowenby@wcu.edu
828.227.3750 & 828.398.7182

Hometown: Asheville, NC
Educational Background: M.B.A., Montreat College; B.S.B.A. Management, Theatre Minor, Appalachian State University
Professional Background: College was such a meaningful time for me, and I want to help people be able to learn. Higher Education felt like a calling and I have been involved in it in one way or another since 2005.
What I love about WCU: WCU works hard to make higher education available to students from various background, especially those in rural areas.
Favorite Quote: “And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make” – The Beatles
Advice for future Catamounts: Be open to new ideas and you will learn so much more than you would have thought was possible.

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Vacant Position

Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions

828.227.7317

Undergraduate Admissions Visit Staff

Emily Bingham

 

Emily Bingham

Senior Assistant Director of Campus Visits

ebingham@wcu.edu
828.227.2672

Hometown: Sylva, NC
Educational Background: Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Recreational Therapy from Western Carolina University
Professional Background: Growing up, both my mom and dad were staff at WCU, so I got to see and experience their passion for higher education and the relationships they formed with students and other staff.  That was always interesting for me to observe and rubbed off on me as I got older and started to understand the importance of the relationships formed in college.  I have now worked for the Admissions Office since the fall of 2013, after graduation, when the exciting opportunity to become an Admission counselor sort of fell into my lap.  I have stayed within the Admissions Office since then because I realized I have the same passion and love for higher education, that my parents had, as well as I feel like I’m able to help others and make a difference in this position.
What I love about WCU: I love WCU because it’s my hometown’s backyard and where I grew up, I met my friends for life, my professors were so personable, my whole family is alumni, and I have one of the most fun jobs working with our current students, prospective students and their families, and traveling.
Favorite Quote: “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” – Albus Dumbledore

Brian Briggs

 

Brian Briggs

Administrative Support Specialist

bkbriggs@wcu.edu 
828.227.7317

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Bonnie Adams

Administrative Support Specialist

badams@wcu.edu
828.227.7317

WCU Entourage

The WCU Entourage are an elite group of students to represent Western Carolina University and assist the Office of Admissions with student recruitment initiatives, related student activities include Open House events and tours of campus.

If you are a current student at WCU and interested in becoming a part of the WCU Entourage, then please contact us at admiss@wcu.edu or 828.227.7317

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