Meet the Admissions Counselors
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!
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 â€“ once you visit, you will know why Pfeiffer is the University for you!
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!
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!
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
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.
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 â€œcookiesâ€ 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 hostgator.com.
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.
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.
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.
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 (www.fafsa.ed.gov) 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:
Associate Director of Admissions
(704) 463- 3047
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.
Choosing a college can be stressful and confusing, but Pfeiffer hopes to make it easy. Your Pfeiffer experience will be personal, complete with many opportunities to be involved on campus, excel in academics and become a servant leader.
Visiting the Misenheimer campus is the best way to see what Pfeiffer is all about. Campus tours are given several times a day throughout the week. You can also plan to participate in one or more of the following special opportunities to learn more:
Are you ready to be a leader at Pfeiffer? View the complete list of campus organizations.
Click here to apply now.
Are you ready to enroll at Pfeiffer University?
You've paid your deposit. You've spent many long hours completing the FAFSA. Now what?
Pfeiffer enrollment is a process that compiles all personal and pertinent information about our incoming students. This information benefits the student, providing accurate records for those involved in the student's experience at Pfeiffer, and allowing the transition from living at home to living on campus to be as smooth as possible. Below are the forms that we will need in order to complete your enrollment process at Pfeiffer University.
Please print the following forms, fill them out and mail them to the admissions office so we can complete the enrollment process.
- Housing Application
- Meal Plan Options
- Registration Agreement & Personal Info Update
- Textbook Rental Information
- Pre-Registration Guide
- Health Forms*
- Insurance Information**
- Disabilities Disclosure Form
For all Athletes, you must complete all forms including those required by the Athletic Department. Please click here to fill out your medical forms for the Athletics office.
- Move-in Information - What to bring and not bring on move-in day!
Please make sure you send us your final transcript
Please call the admissions office at (704) 463-3060 with any questions you might have about your enrollment paperwork.
*Some of these forms must be printed out and filled in by your physician; please note which vaccinations are required for our clinic.
**Pfeiffer University will charge each student $1008 for insurance unless they prove to be on their parent's insurance by filling out this waiver form.
Pfeiffer University offers many merit scholarships and awards. Students must maintain a "full time" academic course load to be eligible for scholarship programs. Many Scholarships refer to our Scholarship Day to be held on Feb. 15, 2014. Students accepted for admission by these dates will be invited to interview for scholarship opportunities. Please scroll down to review the scholarship notes:
For information about these and other special programs or further clarification on costs, calculating need, or eligibility for financial aid, contact:
The Office of Financial Aid
Misenheimer, NC 28109
704-463-1360 extension 2070
- Submit a completed application with a $50.00 non-refundable application fee
- If applicable, have transcripts from each college attended since withdrawing from Pfeiffer University sent to the Office of Admissions
- Readmission is at the discretion of Pfeiffer University
United Methodist Scholarships
Pfeiffer Scholarships – Undergraduate United Methodist Students
- $500 Annual Award for United Methodist Students
Awarded annually to full-time, undergraduate students who are members of a United Methodist Church, Application is available from the Admissions office.
- $500 Award for CCYM Members
Members of the Conference Council on Youth Ministry (CCYM) will be awarded an additional annual scholarship. Application is available from the Admissions office.
- $1000 Matching Award -- Dollars for Scholars - United Methodist Leadership Scholarship (http://www.umhef.org/
The United Methodist Higher Education Foundation administers UMLS and the Dollars for Scholars program wherein a student’s church scholarship of $1000 is matched by the University and by the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation to yield a $3000 award.
To be eligible for these awards, students must be accepted to Pfeiffer University (Misenheimer campus) as a full time, undergraduate student, and have their minister fill out an application. Application is available from the Admissions office.
Other Sources Beyond Pfeiffer
- GBHEM (General Board of Higher Education and Ministry)
Loans and a variety of scholarships are available to United Methodist Students through the GBHEM – Above link provides greater detail and access to application. For loans, as of 9/12 – students may borrow up to $5,000 per calendar year with a 4% interest rate on repayment for those attending a UM related school and 5% for those attending a non-related UM school. Repayment on these loans begins six (6) months after graduation. There is also a program for which funds may be borrowed at 3.75% with repayment of the loan beginning while in school (90 days after the check is cut).
- UMHEF (United Methodist Higher Education Fund)
The above link provides information on all loans and scholarships form the UMHEF. The UMHEF also administers the Dollars for Scholars program (http://www.umhef.org/UMDFSapp.php) and the UMLS program (http://www.umhef.org/UMLSapp.php) noted above. Students are invited to work with their local congregation to create a matching opportunity for scholarship dollars. For a $1000 gift from the local church, the Southeast Jurisdiction and Pfeiffer will match the funds resulting in a $3000 scholarship. Other scholarships available from the UMHEF include the Foundation Merit Scholars program.
- GBOD (General Board of Discipleship)
The above link provides information on scholarships and grants available to students and youth/young adult ministries, e.g., Ruth Jacobs Memorial Scholarship for students interested in music ministry.
- GCAH – General Commission on Archives and History
The above link provides information on grants and scholarships related to student research projects connected to church history and tradition.
- UMCOM (United Methodist Communications)
The above link with United Methodist Communications provides information on the Leonard M. Perryman Scholarship and the Stoody-West Fellowship.
- FUMMWA (The Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts)
The above link with the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts provides information on an annual scholarship for students studying church music and/or worship arts.
- UMFWNC (United Methodist Foundation of Western North Carolina)
The above link with the UM Foundation of Western North Carolina provides information on The Cornelius F. and Hettie C. Womble Ministerial Education Fund (eligible for Junior/Senior who are declared ministerial candidates.)
- GBCS (General Board of Church and Society
The above link with the GBCS provides links to a number of grants and scholarships for unique populations and projects such as ethnic minorities, women’s history, leadership and accessibility.
Procedures for Undergraduate Admissions
Transfers â€“ Transfers are those who have completed high school and attended another regionally accredited institution of higher learning.
Non-degree students â€“ Non-degree students are those who wish to take courses without seeking a degree from Pfeiffer University.
Readmitted students â€“ Readmitted students are those who have withdrawn from Pfeiffer University and wish to return.
Instructions for Transfer Applicants who have attended another college:
- Submit a completed application form with a $50.00 (non-refundable) application fee.
- Have an official transcript from each college attended sent directly to the Office of Admissions.
- Applicants with fewer than 24 semester hours of transferable work should also submit an official high school transcript and SAT or ACT scores. Transfer applicants should be eligible for readmission to, or should have graduated from, the last college attended. Transfer applicants are encouraged to request advance evaluations of their transcripts to determine which courses will be accepted for transfer to Pfeiffer University and how credit will be applied toward either the general education requirements, the major program, or electives.
Instructions for Non-Degree Applicants:
Submit a completed application with a $50.00 (non-refundable) application fee.
Instructions for Applicants for Readmission:
- Submit a completed application with a $50.00 (non-refundable) application fee.
- If applicable, have official transcripts from each college attended since withdrawing sent to the Office of Admissions.
- Readmission is at the discretion of the University.
Freshman applicants are those who have completed high school and received a diploma.
us, or write to us at:
The Office of Admissions and Financial Aid
P.O. Box 960
Misenheimer, NC 28109
- An application fee of $50 is required (non-refundable) - you may pay online with Visa or MasterCard at the end of the online application process, mail a check, or send a money order.
- Have a high school transcript sent directly from the high school to the Office of Admissions.
- Have scores from either the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or scores from the American College Testing (ACT) Program sent directly to the Office of Admissions.
Admission to Pfeiffer is selective. Three primary criteria are considered: high school record, SAT or ACT scores, and class rank, if available. Activities are also considered, particularly in service and volunteer areas, Interviews may be required in certain cases.
Requirements of applicants:
English 4 units
Math 3 units (including Algebra)
Science 2 units (including 1 lab science)
Social Studies 2 units
Foreign Language 2 units strongly recommended
- Visit Pfeiffer to talk with an Admissions Counselor, tour the campus, sit in a class, or meet with a Professor. Visitation times during the fall and spring are Monday through Friday, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and Saturday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Summer visitation times vary. Schedule an appointment by calling 1-800-338-2060 or (704) 463-1360.
- Upon receipt of a favorable decision, an advance deposit of $150.00 for all students should be remitted to guarantee a financial package and assure a reservation in the residence halls. This should be done within 30 days from the date of acceptance. Students under 21 years of age who are not living with family in the community are expected to live on campus. Deposits are refundable until May 1st for fall enrollment and November 1st for spring enrollment.
The GED (General Education Development) Certificate is also acceptable. Pfeiffer University is on the rolling admissions system but recommends that students submit their applications for admission by May 1st to ensure space availability. The deadline for applications to be reviewed for Honors Awards is January 8th.
Advanced placement is available if the student presents acceptable test scores on either A.P. or C.L.E.P. tests. Credit is also granted for acceptable scores on the International Baccalaureate Higher Level Exams. The Registrar evaluates test scores and determines if and how much credit may be granted. Prospective students may submit these scores during the application process to find out the amount of credit they will be receiving.
At Pfeiffer University we recognize the extraordinary talents and achievements that home-educated students bring to our campus. We know, for example, that home-educated students are excelling academically, outperforming their public school peers by 30 â€“ 37 percentile points across all subjects. We also know that home-educated students are involved in an average of 5.2 activities outside the class.
We have a great number of success stories from our home-school students. Home-school students have enhanced the Pfeiffer community both inside and outside the classroom for many years. We look forward to enrolling more home-school students to assist us as we shape our future. We look forward to working with you throughout this important journey.
Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Home-School Admission Requirements:
Because home-school students often have varied academic experiences, the credentials used in the application decision process are reviewed on an individual basis. Once we receive the required documents we will review the student's admission file and provide an admission and scholarship decision based on the information provided. We require the following documents from home-educated students in order to make an admission decision:
- Application for admission
- Essay or writing sample
- One or more letters of recommendation
- Copies of all nationally standardized test results (achievement tests) if applicable.
- Provide an outline of all courses taken at the high school level (this may be a transcript). Students may submit a portfolio to describe their high school education.
- Please submit transcripts for courses taken at any high school or college (if applicable).
- It is helpful but not required to submit a list of extracurricular activities or a resume.
- If is helpful but not required to interview with an admissions counselor
Helpful Web Sites for Home-School Families:
Helpful Hints for Home-School Students Who Apply to College
- Take courses offered outside of the home. Usually a Junior or Senior in high school may take a class or two at a community college or a four-year university.
- Keep an ongoing resume or list of activities. Most colleges appreciate knowing how an applicant spends time outside of the classroom environment. By showing involvement students can help to disprove the myth that home-educated students are less involved.
- Take the SAT and/or ACT during sophomore, junior and senior year. Typically home educated students test higher than traditional students.
- Prepare an essay to send along with the college application on your home-school experience.
- Prepare a list of textbooks used, including authors and publishers.
- Take the SAT II in addition to the SAT or ACT.
- Visit the colleges that interest you and interview with an admission representative.
Please note that these are not necessarily required from home-school students though many colleges look favorably upon such information.
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Undergraduate Degree Programs at Pfeiffer University
Welcome to Pfeiffer University! We are pleased you have chosen or are considering Pfeiffer as a place to continue your education.
The college-application process is exciting and sometimes overwhelming. With so much to consider it's sometimes difficult to know where to begin. At Pfeiffer, we aim to make sure you have everything needed to make an informed decision. Our enrollment team is ready to guide you and your family through this important process.
Explore our website to learn more about different majors, campus activities and events, athletics programs and much more. Feel free to contact our office to schedule a campus visit and see for yourself all Pfeiffer has to offer. We look forward to seeing you on campus.
Director of Undergraduate Admissions