Meet the Admissions Counselors

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Caroline Allen
Admissions Counselor
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Area: Western North Carolina

My name is Caroline Allen, admissions counselor for Pfeiffer University. I serve the beautiful Western region of North Carolina.

I grew up in Stanly County, where Pfeiffer University is located. Once you visit the area, you will see why students come from all over the World to study at Pfeiffer. My favorite thing about Pfeiffer is the way that students connect to the faculty and staff.  The involvement of the student body is overwhelming and shows through service hours, recreation and student events. The cultural experience at Pfeiffer develops students for a lifetime of learning and achievement.

Come for a visit, and you will want to experience the Pfeiffer Journey for yourself. We are here to see you grow!

Emily Carella
Associate Director of Admissions
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Area: International, Transfer, Re-admits and Special Conditions

My name is Emily Carella, and I'd like to be the first to welcome you to Pfeiffer University. One of my greatest joys is watching students grow and helping them attain their career goals.  As you explore your options for continuing your education, I look forward to assisting you along your journey. I encourage you to come tour our campus – once you visit, you will know why Pfeiffer is the University for you!


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Grady Gaston
Admissions Counselor
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Area: Union County and All Other States

My name is Grady Gaston, and I am the admissions counselor for Central North Carolina. I'm originally from Monroe, N.C. and attended Pfeiffer for five years completing both my BS in business administration and MBA while being very active in many extracurricular activities on campus. I've returned as an admissions counselor because I love the Village of Misenheimer, and I love Pfeiffer's service-driven values. I want to help you discover Pfeiffer for yourself while also providing an easy transition from high school to college.

I hope you'll explore how you can learn, serve and grow with us as a member of the incoming class of Pfeiffer University!

Angela Nash
Admissions Counselor
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Area: Central N.C.

My name is Angela Nash, and I would like to welcome you to Pfeiffer University.  It brings me great pleasure to know that I can be part of such an important time in your life. As your admissions counselor, it is my job to ensure you have best experience as you enroll in the University. I also look forward to seeing you grow and blossom into a career-driven adult while you're here. I look forward to assisting you and watching you accomplish all of your goals and dreams. I hope to see you in the Village!


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Admissions Counselor
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Area: Eastern N.C., S.C., D.C., Md and Va.

It brings me great pleasure to be part of the Admissions team at Pfeiffer University! I am the admissions counselor for S.C., D.C., Md, Va. and the eastern half of N.C. (luckily, I have lived in almost every state). I knew this was the place I belonged the first time I set foot on Pfeiffer's campus. Everyone was friendly and professional, and Pfeiffer's focus on creating a transformative experience through engaged learning and critical thinking really spoke to me as a recent graduate of a North Carolina private university.

I'm ecstatic to be working with you and your family as you navigate the admissions process. Come visit us and experience Pfeiffer for yourself!

Rev. Sherri Barnes
Associate Director for University & Church Relations
Associate Pastor of the Village Church

I am responsible for further developing relationships with and creating programming for United Methodist churches that enhance the professional effectiveness of church leaders, introducing prospective students and their families to Pfeiffer, and generating support for Pfeiffer programs that help students become principled Christian leaders regardless of their chosen major.






Office of Enrollment Management Privacy Statement

Pfeifer University Enrollment Services recognize that privacy is important. Our policy is to protect the privacy and confidentiality of individuals accessing our web site and/or submitting information to the office of admission. Additional policies related to personal information are outlined in the Pfeiffer University Employee Handbook and the Information Technology Resources Acceptable Use Policy.

Personal Information

Pfeiffer University admissions collects personal information when you inquiry about specific programs and/or apply for admissions to any one of our programs (graduate, undergraduate, adult studies). We collect this information to serve your needs such as responding to your inquiry or processing your application for admissions. This may involve redirecting your information to another campus employee or department to better suit your needs.

When you visit our web site we do not collect personal information about you. In particular we do not use “cookies” to collect or store personal information. We do analyze general information about web traffic and click through patters through Google Analytics. We do not send personal information to Google Analytics. The Pfeiffer University website is hosted with

We use Google Analytics to evaluate accessibility or gauge popularity of various features on our web site and evaluate web traffic to determine which web pages are effective and attract the most interest. We also use that information for general reporting and management functions. Specifically we use analytic tools to generate statistics, determine technical design specifications, and identify system performance issues.

All information collected from our website, including server logs, and information collected from forms, or email you send us, are not shared actively. However, in some case we may be compelled by law to release information to help law enforcement investigations, legal proceedings or internal investigations. We may use third party vendors to process your information we require that they appropriate confidentiality and security measures.

Enrollment Services Access

When you submit an inquiry or application to Pfeiffer University certain staff members have access to that information. The enrollment management staff is made up of Undergraduate, Graduate and School of Adult Studies enrollment personnel. The enrollment staff maintains privacy of data stored or sends using its technology resources. This privacy is maintained in accordance with University polices and local, state and federal laws. We do not sell or distribute any personal information unless required by law.

The Office of Admissions maintains privacy of data stored or sent using its technology resources. This privacy is maintained in accordance with University policies and local, state and federal laws.

Veteran Assistance Benefits

Veteran's Educational Assistance

Pfeiffer University is pleased to welcome veterans to the educational opportunities available through our institution.

Most veterans who served on active duty for more than 180 days, any part of which occurred after January 31, 1955, are generally eligible for financial support. In order to determine eligibility for educational benefits, veterans should call their local Veteran's Administration Office. Children of deceased or totally disabled veterans who are 18-26 years of age may be eligible for financial aid if death or disability of the parent was the result of service in the armed forces. Local Veteran Administration Offices can supply complete details.

Students eligible for educational benefits from the Veteran's Administration must file a statement of educational plans with the Veteran's Service Officer (VSO) in the Registrar's Office each academic year. The VSO is here to help the veterans, dependents, and service personnel receive the most efficient service in applying for their educational benefits. The VSO is not a part of the Department of Veteran's Administration and the staff is not employed by VA. Their responsibility is to provide support in applying for benefits, clarifying regulations, and certifying enrollment.

On occasion a course or a program of study may not be approved for Veteran's Educational Assistance; students anticipating benefits are urged to confer with the VSO prior to registering in order to determine eligibility. Veteran's Administration regulations limit payment for only those courses toward the declared major. Any change in your enrollment status should be reported to the VSO.

Contact Pfeiffer's VSO: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Merit Scholarships

Merit scholarships recognize students' talents and ambitions in a variety of fields with annually renewable awards. These scholarships are awarded on Scholarship Day. 

Pfeiffer Communications Fellows Scholarships
Two $1,000 scholarships available for students with a good academic profile and a desire to major in the communications field.  The scholarship recipient must remain a communcations major to renew the award.  This scholarship is awarded on Scholarship Day.

Milton Rose Science Fellows Scholarships
$5,000 scholarship for high-achieving students whose major is in the School of Natural and Health Sciences. 

Francis Center Service Scholars
$1,000 scholarships available for students with a good academic profile and outstanding community service background. 

Athletic Scholarships:  As an NCAA Division II university, Pfeiffer awards athletic scholarships.  Please contact the coach through the athletic website for more information on athletic scholarships and to fill out an athletic questionnaire for prospective student athletes. 



Academic Scholarships

Freshman Academic Scholarships

When prospective students complete an application, they will be reviewed for an academic scholarship at the time of the admissions decision. Academic scholarships will be based on high school course selection and G.P.A, SAT/ACT scores and class rank, should the high school rank students. Students who win an Honor Scholarship are ineligible for these awards.Scholarships are renewable annually by meeting the specified GPA requirements.

Up to $11,000. Awards are based on high school courses, GPA, SAT/ACT scores and class rank (if your school ranks students). Once you've submitted your complete application, you'll be automatically considered for an academic scholarship. 

Transfer Academic Scholarships

$5,000-$10,000 awards for students transferring to Pfeiffer with more than 24 semester hours of transferable work. These scholarships are granted based on entering cumulative average of previous college-level work.

Community College Transfer Scholarship

New transfer students from local community colleges entering Pfeiffer University with 44 or more transferable credits and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (based on previous college work) may be eligible to receive a $10,000 merit scholarship.

  • In order to be considered for this scholarship, you must complete all admissions application forms, the CCTS application and be admitted to Pfeiffer University.
  • A limited number of scholarships will be awarded for the Spring and Fall 2011 semesters.
  • All information should be sent to: Office of Admission, P.O. Box 960, Misenheimer, NC 28109.
  • You must complete the FAFSA ( in conjunction with the CCTS application.
  • The scholarship is renewable annually based on a GPA of 2.5 or higher and continued full-time enrollment at Pfeiffer University.

For more information and complete details, please contact:

Emily Carella
Associate Director of Admissions
(704) 463- 3047
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Honor Scholarships

Full-tuition scholarships for up to five entering freshmen in recognition of extraordinary academic achievement and outstanding leadership and character. Recipients are generally at the top of their class, with high SAT scores and excellent grades in a competitive college preparatory program of study. The award requires a Scholarship Day interview with our Scholarship Committee.