Your admission counselor is available to you during every step of the admission process.

Find your counselor based on the location of the high school you attend at the time of graduation. If you attend a boarding school, select the location of that boarding school, not the location of your permanent residence. Not receiving information from Sewanee? Introduce yourself and we will provide you with relevant information about admission programs, deadlines, and other opportunities to connect with us.

First Year U.S. Applicants

International Applicants

Other Applicants

Lee Ann Backlund, Dean of Admission & Financial Aid

When she is not at work, you can find Lee Ann enjoying a morning run on the trails or a walk out to Green's View.

Taylor Baird, C'15, Senior Assistant Director of Admission

Taylor's territories include: Colorado, Georgia (Greater Atlanta), and North Carolina (Greater Charlotte & Western NC). When you visit: Taylor recommends that you stop by Stirling's Coffee House for a specialty coffee or sandwich!

Shiro Burnette, C'18, Admission Counselor

Shiro's territories include: Alaska, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia (excluding Greater Atlanta), Iowa, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska,  New Mexico, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming. When you visit: Shiro recommends that you relax in the rocking chairs on the front porch of Fulford Hall.

Lisa Burns, Associate Dean of Admission‌

Lisa's territories include: Hawaii, Ohio, Oregon, Western Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Washington, and West Virginia. When you visit: Lisa recommends that you walk to the Blue Chair in the Village and have a fruit tea.

Sarah Butler, Associate Director of Admission

Sarah's territories include: New York and Tennessee (Nashville area). When you visit: Sarah recommends that you see Morgan's Steep, Lake Cheston, and the University Farm along a 2.5-mile loop.

Jeff Heitzenrater, Associate Director of Admission

Jeff's territories include: Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina (Triangle & Eastern NC), South Carolina, Wisconsin, and U.S. Transfers. When you visit: Jeff recommends you try the special at Shenanigan's for lunch, and go for a bike ride or run on the Mountain Goat Trail.

Reece Jamison, C'19, Admission Counselor

Reece's territories include: Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, and Mississippi. When you visit: Reece recommends that you take some time to sit in Gailor Hall and grab a good book from the shelves.

Josh King, C'11, Associate Dean of Admission for Operations & Communications

When you visit: Josh recommends that you walk through the Quad at dusk to see the setting sun shine through the Chapel windows.

Tim Neil, C'13, Associate Director of Admission

Tim's territories include: Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, U.S. Citizens abroad, and International first-year and transfer applicants. When you visit: Tim recommends that you try the Caldwell Rim Trail.

Lateishia Spencer, Assistant Director of Admission

Lateishia's territories include: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Eastern Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington D.C. When you visit: Lateishia recommends you take a scenic walk through Abbo's Alley!

Faith Vaughn, Assistant Director of Admission

Faith's territories include: Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee (Memphis, Chattanooga, and Knoxville areas) and Homeschool applicants. When you visit: Faith recommends that you drive down Tennessee Avenue and visit the Memorial Cross and view the sunset from the bluff.

Nancy York, C'11, Associate Director of Admission

Nancy's territories include: Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas. When you visit: Nancy recommends that you hike to Lake Dimmick and take a swim at the end!