Contact Admissions

Whether you have specific questions or would like to request general info, here's how you can get in touch with us:

Mars Hill University
Admissions Office
P.O. Box 6663
Mars Hill, NC  28754

[toll free] 1-866-642-4968
[phone] 828-689-1201
[fax] 828-689-1473

Meet the Staff / Contact your Admissions Counselor

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Dr. Craig Goforth
/ 828-689-1201
Assistant Vice President for Student Enrollment Services


Vance Kristie
Kristie Vance
/ 828-689-1353

Director of Admissions

I look forward to working with all students interested in attending Mars Hill! I enjoy helping students realize the endless opportunities and advantages that Mars Hill has to offer. As a recent graduate, I enjoy sharing my Mars Hill experience and how I benefited from the opportunities and advantages found here. The very best way to learn more about the Mars Hill experience is to visit campus. Our staff will show you around our beautiful campus, you can meet our faculty, current students, and staff, and you can even sit in on a class! Contact us to schedule a visit – we look forward to seeing you soon!


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Susan Bryson
/ 828-689-1201

Visit Coordinator

Susan schedules all campus visits and really keeps the Admissions Office running! She has worked at Mars Hill for over 20 years so she knows the campus, faculty, staff, and students well. Give her a call at 828-689-1201 to schedule your campus visit. When you arrive on campus you will be greeted by Susan and she will get you ready for the day!


Kuzell Carolyn
Carolyn Kuzell
/ 828-689-1589

Admissions Counselor - Last Names Beginning A - D 

I’m a 2009 graduate of Allegheny College and a world traveler. During my four years as a student at Allegheny, I double majored in Political Science and French. Having spent my junior year in France, I am very passionate about encouraging students to study languages and spend a semester or year abroad. As a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, Phi Sigma Iota Honor Society, Allegheny Swimming and Diving Team, and Phonathon Team, I feel strongly about students getting involved in campus activities and exploring their passions and interests. Having grown up in Europe, attended college in Pennsylvania, and now working in North Carolina, I believe in students trying new experiences, discovering new places and gaining friends from wherever they go. Aside from working in the office, I greatly enjoy cooking, traveling, exploring Asheville, and playing with my pet greyhound, Justine.


Richard Covington / 828-689-1354

Admissions Counselor - Last Names Beginning E-K

 Adam Zulak / 828-689-1354

 Admissions Counselor- Last Names Beginning L-Q

Donnell Jameson
Jameson Donnell
/ 828-689-1206

Admissions Counselor - Last Names Beginning R - Z 

I graduated from Mars Hill in 2012 with a BA degree in Sociology/Criminal Justice. I had the privilege of being a part of many activities and organizations on campus. I was active with SGA, Executive Board, Christian Student Movement, Chief of Defense, Student Mentor, Lifeworks Hiring Committee, Marksmanship Society, and many more. I believe that getting involved promotes growth within oneself and will surely broaden your way of thinking about campus life, as it did mine. I am a native of Greensboro, NC but consider Mars Hill, NC my new home where I have learned to appreciate all the things it has to offer. I know this beautiful place inside and out and have come to appreciate it, as well as the people that live and thrive in this community. As a counselor, I encourage students to step outside of their comfort zone and experience campus life to the fullest. Mars Hill to me is not only a place, but a state of mind. My education is something that I will carry with me for the rest of my life and the people I have met through my educational experiences are now a part of who I am.


Gaffney Sara Sara Gaffney / 828-689-1392

Senior Admissions Counselor & International Admissions
-Daytime Counselor Assisting All Students

I graduated from Mars Hill in 2009 with a B.S. in Business Administration and minor in Sociology. I look back knowing that my admissions counselor had a huge impact on my choice to attend Mars Hill- and I'm glad she did. I enjoyed my 4 years as a student being very involved. I was VP of the Business Honor Club, a Student Ambassador, leader of one of the Christian Organizations, the Presidential Intern, a Challenger, and even travelled to Greece. I  hope that you will take the time to give us a call with your questions and schedule a campus visit.  I will walk you through the admissions process, connect you to the opportunities offered here, and make sure you have everything you need to start your career at Mars Hill. 


Alan Young
/ 828-689-1142

Associate Director of Admissions


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Emily Bassinger
/ 828-689-1202

Information & Applications Manager

I graduated from Mars Hill in May 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. While at Mars Hill I was a Bailey Mountain Clogger, student ambassador, and worked in the Admissions Office. I now enter applications, transcripts, and test scores into our database. I loved my time here at Mars Hill and I am excited to be working here and continue to have the chance to tell students how great Mars Hill is.


Tips for students from the staff:

  • Start early. Take the SAT and ACT multiple times, research schools, schedule a visit, apply to schools, apply for scholarships, ask questions and keep in contact with your admissions counselors! (We like to hear from you!)
  • Visit campus. There is no better way to get a feel for the school and determine if it’s the “right fit.”
  • Talk to current students, parents, teachers, mentors and coaches about their college experiences and try and determine where you may best excel.
  • Don’t be afraid to choose a major that you love.
  • Enjoy college! It is an extraordinary time in your young adult life when you get to try new things, make new connections and dedicate yourself to what you are passionate about.