Your Admissions Counselor

At Vanderbilt, we believe in the importance of providing personal attention to each individual within the context of a high volume, highly selective admissions process. Our admissions counselors are available throughout the college search and application process.

Vanderbilt Office of Undergraduate Admissions Leadership

  • Douglas Christiansen, Vice Provost for University Enrollment Affairs, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid
  • John Gaines, Director of Undergraduate Admissions
  • Amy Smith, Senior Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions
  • Tricia Blumenthal, Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions
  • Jason McGrath, Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Note:  Your counselor is based on the location of the high school you attend at the time of your graduation. If you attend a boarding school, select the location of that boarding school, not the location of your permanent residence. If you are a transfer applicant, your counselor is based on the location of the high school from which you graduated. 

For information on admission to Vanderbilt's graduate schools and programs, visit the university's academics page.

If you do not see your area listed, please use visit our contact page to contact our office. 

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United States

LocationCounselor
Alabama Kaila Brown
Alaska Your Counselor To Be Announced
Arizona Julianna Staples
Arkansas Your Counselor To Be Announced
California — San Diego Area and Southern Orange County Sam Joustra
California — Bay Area (Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo counties) John Nesbitt
California — Los Angeles Area and Northern Orange County Allison Key
California — Northern California (other than Marin, San Francisco, & San Mateo Counties) Your Counselor To Be Announced
Colorado Sam Joustra
Connecticut Melina Prentakis
Delaware Your Counselor To Be Announced
District of Columbia Your Counselor To Be Announced
Florida — Broward, Martin, and Palm Beach Counties Leslie Sanderfur
Florida — Jacksonville and Panhandle Your Counselor To Be Announced
Florida — Miami and Southern Florida (other than Broward, Martin, and Palm Beach Counties) Arianna Yarritu
Georgia — Fulton County Leslie Sanderfur
Georgia — Northeast and Northwest Georgia Kaila Brown
Georgia — Atlanta Suburbs Kaila Brown
Georgia — Southern Geogria Your Counselor To Be Announced
Hawaii Julianna Staples
Idaho Your Counselor To Be Announced
Illinois — Southern Chicago Suburbs, Rockford, Central, and Southern Illinois Keldrick Stephens
Illinois — City of Chicago Ricky Thrash
Illinois — Western and Northern Chicago Suburbs Kim Struglinski
Indiana — Northern and Southern Indiana Janessa Dunn
Indiana — Indianapolis and Central Indiana Julianna Staples
Iowa Garth Parke
Kansas Keldrick Stephens
Kentucky Janessa Dunn
Louisiana Your Counselor To Be Announced
Maine Melina Prentakis
Maryland Your Counselor To Be Announced
Massachusetts — Greater Boston (including Cambridge, Lowell, Concord, Wellesley, Milton, Lexington, & Waltham) Shane McGuire
Massachusetts — Other than Greater Boston Melina Prentakis
Michigan Garth Parke
Minnesota Garth Parke
Mississippi Sam Joustra
Missouri Keldrick Stephens
Montana Melina Prentakis
Nebraska Garth Parke
Nevada Your Counselor To Be Announced
New Hampshire Melina Prentakis
New Jersey Scotty Kominkiewicz
New Mexico Julianna Staples
New York — Upstate & Long Island Your Counselor To Be Announced
New York — New York City Jan Deike
New York — Westchester County Melina Prentakis
North Carolina Your Counselor To Be Announced
North Dakota Melina Prentakis
Ohio — Northern Ohio Your Counselor To Be Announced
Ohio — Central and Southern Ohio Janessa Dunn
Oklahoma Your Counselor To Be Announced
Oregon Your Counselor To Be Announced
Pennsylvania — City of Philadelphia and Montgomery County Julie Chapman
Pennsylvania — Pittsburgh and Remaining Pennsylvania Your Counselor To Be Announced
Rhode Island Melina Prentakis
South Carolina Harper Haynes
South Dakota Melina Prentakis
Tennessee — Chattanooga Area and Upper Cumberland Mary Beth Tift
Tennessee — Knoxville Area and East Tennessee Kim Struglinski
Tennessee — Memphis Area and West Tennessee Ricky Thrash
Tennessee — Middle Tennessee (other than Davidson County) Mary Beth Tift
Tennessee — Davidson County Mary Comfort Stevens
Territory — Puerto Rico Harper Haynes
Territory — U.S. Virgin Islands Harper Haynes
Territory — Guam Harper Haynes
Texas — Austin, Dallas, Ft. Worth & San Antonio Areas Your Counselor To Be Announced
Texas — Remaining Texas Your Counselor To Be Announced
Texas — Greater Houston Maria Ornelas
Utah Your Counselor To Be Announced
Vermont Melina Prentakis
Virginia — Richmond and Remaining Virginia Your Counselor To Be Announced
Virginia — Northern Virginia Your Counselor To Be Announced
Washington Your Counselor To Be Announced
West Virginia Janessa Dunn
Wisconsin Garth Parke
Wyoming Melina Prentakis

International

LocationCounselor
Africa — Sub-Saharan Africa Allison Key
Africa — North Africa Shane McGuire
Australia & New Zealand Mary Comfort Stevens
Canada Harper Haynes
Caribbean Harper Haynes
Central America Harper Haynes
Central Asia & the Caucasus Mary Comfort Stevens
China China Team
East Asia — Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, and Taiwan John Nesbitt
Europe — Other than The United Kingdom and Finland John Nesbitt
Europe — The United Kingdom and Finland Julie Chapman
India and South Asia Shane McGuire
Mexico Harper Haynes
Middle East Shane McGuire
South America John Nesbitt
Southeast Asia — Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam Julie Chapman

Home School

Home School Students Mary Comfort Stevens