UW Tacoma admissions counselors visit high schools, community colleges and participate in college fairs regionally throughout the year. They are also available for one-on-one consultations to answer your questions and help you navigate the admission process.
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John Langston Admissions Counselor/Veterans Liaison
B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology, Eastern Oregon University, 2016
M.A. in Communications and Leadership, Gonzaga University, 2019
Hometown: Delray Beach, Florida
Favorite place/thing to do in Tacoma: Camp Colvos Pizza Company. I love a good pizza slice. Campus Colvos has some of the best slices in Tacoma.
What was your favorite class in college: Women, Communication, Leadership
What do you think makes UW Tacoma special: UW Tacoma is continuously growing. You can instantly feel the community and those who are ready to support and help students achieve their goals both academically and professionally. UW Tacoma is diverse and inclusive and offers students opportunities to further their goals and success.
Brian Burhenn Pierce College-to-UW Tacoma Transfer Advisor
B.A. in History/Political Science, Vanguard University of Southern California, 2007
M.A. in Teaching, Seattle Pacific University, 2015
Hometown: Auburn, WA
Favorite place/thing to do in Tacoma: Whether it's sitting by the water at Narrows Brewing on a sunny day or around the fire put in the snow at Camp Colvos, I love visiting all of the different breweries around town and learning the history of brewing in Tacoma. UW Tacoma sits adjacent to the historic Brewery District, now home to 5 local breweries.
What was your favorite class in college: Constitutional Law. We studied the Supreme Court and some of their major rulings while evaluating different styles of interpretation of the Constitution from the various justices over the course of the history of the Court. We also looked at current cases being argued before the Court. We got to write our own case briefs and then as a class were split up as either advocates for the Petitioners or the Respondents or as Justices of the Supreme Court and held our own oral arguments in class.
What do you think makes UW Tacoma special: UW Tacoma is special because of its connection to the history of our area and its continued commitment to being an urban serving university. Most of our buildings on campus are in old historical buildings and the school has done a great job of maintaining the knowledge of that history. We are also located in the heart of downtown Tacoma, so it's great having this vibrant little community and campus tucked into this area where we can build great connections to the local community around us.
Brian works with transfer, international and Running Start students who attend Pierce College.
Navia Winderling Assistant Director of Admissions - Marketing & Communications
B.A. in Communication, University of Washington Tacoma, 2014
M.Ed., Higher and Postsecondary Education, Arizona State University, 2017
Hometown: Steilacoom, Washington
Favorite place/thing to do in Tacoma: Nothing beats a Tacoma Rainier’s game at Cheney Stadium! The stadium has a lot of local food options and it’s just a great place to be on a bright, summer day!
What was your favorite class in college: I took News Writing while at UWT and loved it! The class strengthened my writing skills and gave me insight into what a career as a journalist might look like. We got to take a tour of The News Tribune and chat with some of the writing staff. While in the class I wrote an article about UWT’s Pathways to Promise partnership and got the opportunity to interview our former chancellor.
What do you think makes UW Tacoma special? UW Tacoma is special because of its size. It is such a close-knit campus community. As a student you are able to establish meaningful connections not only with peers, but with faculty , staff, and other community members who engage with UWT.
Megan Cooley Associate Director of University Recruitment
B.A. in Social Studies Education, Washington State University, 2005
M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration, Washington State University, 2007
Hometown: Maple Valley, Washington
Favorite place in Tacoma: Tacoma coffee shops! Anthem, Metronome, Valhalla, Blue Beard. . . On warm and cold days, I know the coffee shops of Tacoma can all give me a hug in a cup.
Favorite class in college: History of American Immigration
What makes UW Tacoma special? UW Tacoma is empowering, sassy, and dedicated. We care and give with everything we have. We help our neighbors, we celebrate together, we weep together. UW Tacoma is the definition of “Community.” I love it here.
Megan oversees our admissions advisors and campus visitation team. She works closely with high school counselors and other guidance professionals.