Undergraduate Admissions Counselors

Get personal support and expert advice on applying to Cal U.

Applying to college is an exciting time in your life, and it's also a time when many questions arise. Cal U's undergraduate admissions counselors are always accessible and ready to assist you. We're eager to help you get to know Cal U and walk you step by step through the application process.

There are many ways to get in touch with our undergraduate admissions counselors: 

Visit Us on Campus

We're located in 201 Dixon Hall, right in the center of campus. Stop by and say hello during our office hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Or schedule a campus visit. 

Call Us

Phone us anytime at 724-938-4404 or toll-free at 1-888-412-0479. Our fax number is 724-938-4564. If you are a transfer student, call the Transfer Evaluation Office at 724-938-5939. 

Email Us

Find your undergraduate admissions counselor in the list below and send an email with your questions or simply to say hello. The admissions counselor for transfer students is Amy Woodward

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Tracey L. Sheetz, PhD

Dean of Admissions

Email: sheetz@calu.edu
Phone: 724-938-4404

Advice to prospective students

Find where you fit! Your college choice is a big one, and it is home for your next four years. Make the most of it! Get involved and take advantage of all the experiences and opportunities that are offered.

What do you do when you are not at Cal U?

Spend time with family and friends, boat, hike, ski, travel (favorite places are beach and Arizona!), kayak, bike, home improvement (lots of DIY).

Hometown:

Originally from Greensburg, Pa. and now live in Speers.

Education

B.S. in Education (Early PreK-Middle) with a minor in Communications, M.B.A.  and Ph.D in Instructional Management and Leadership.

What you like best about Cal U?

Everyone is welcoming and friendly. Our campus is beautiful and our faculty and staff really care about our students. Small-school feel with big opportunities! Cal U is the perfect place for students to find their strengths and passions and forge their futures.

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Nicole Alfer

Assistant Director

Email: alfer@calu.edu
Phone: 724-938-5090
Text: 724-426-4652

Territory

Eastern Pennsylvania

Advice to prospective students

Get involved on campus, find your niche! Aspire to be one of those students that your professors and classmates will remember in years to come. Make an impact. Take advantage of this time to become the most amazing version of yourself.

What do you do when you are not at Cal U?

I love traveling and exploring new places with family and friends. I also enjoy cooking, I wouldn’t call myself a master, but I love trying new recipes and getting creative.

Hometown:

Penn Township, PA

Education

B.A. in Communication Studies from Cal U

What you like best about Cal U?

There’s a strong sense of community here at Cal U. Small class sizes enable you to create relationships with your professors. You can play an important role in your sport, start a new club, and most importantly, your voice is able to be heard.

 

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Shauna Balog

 Email: balog@calu.edu
Phone: 724-938-5089

Territory
Merit Scholarships and High School Early Admit Program

Advice to prospective students

Enjoy your college experience. Learn and explore areas of interest. Get involved -  continuous engagement will open doors to opportunity.

What do you do when you are not at Cal U?

In my time away from Cal U, I appreciate spending time with my family and friends. I enjoy vacationing, bowling, and watching my daughters play basketball and compete in competitive cheer competitions.

Hometown:

Perryopolis, Pa.

Education

A.S. in Business Management and B.A. in Liberal Studies

What do you like best about Cal U?

The Cal U campus is friendly, relaxing, and beautiful.  

 

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Barry Bilitski

Assistant Director

Email: bilitski_b@calu.edu
Phone: 724-938-4963
Text: 724-426-7040

Territory
Fayette and Greene Counties

Advice to prospective students

Be proactive and get involved.

What do you do when you are not at Cal U?

I enjoy spending time with my family.  We enjoy hiking, biking and boating.

Hometown:

Roscoe, Pa.

Education

B.S. in Business Administration and a M.B.A from Waynesburg University; Masters in Counseling from Cal U.

What do you like best about Cal U?

I enjoy the friendly atmosphere on campus. 

 

Paul Burns

Paul Burns

Email: burns_p@calu.edu
Phone: 724-938-5834
Text: 724-426-7130

Territory

Allegheny (Elizabeth Forward, Gateway, Plum, Serra Catholic, South Allegheny) Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin, Somerset and Westmoreland counties.

Advice to prospective students

Learn time management skills and get involved.

What do you do when you are not at Cal U?

Spend time with my family. I enjoy watching my three daughters participating in athletics for their universities. 

Hometown:

Masontown, Pa.

Education

B.S.B.A. in Management; M.A. in Counseling Services

What do you like best about Cal U?

That students truly are  treated like family!

Ryan James

Ryan James

 

Email: james@calu.edu
Phone: 724-938-5080

Territory
Washington County, Pa.; Undergraduate International, D.C., Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, New England, U.S. Territories 

Advice to prospective students

Be proactive in planning for life after college and take advantage of all the resources Cal U has to offer to prepare you for that next step. 

What do you do when you are not at Cal U?

I am a major foodie and enjoy trying new restaurants. I also enjoy running, hiking, reading and playing video games. 

Hometown:

Belfast, Maine

Education

B.A. in History; M.Ed. in Higher Education  Administration

What you like best about Cal U?

We have many unique academic programs and our proximity to Pittsburgh, one of the most dynamic cities in the country, provides ample opportunities for work and play. 

   
Kristin Diethorn

Kristen Louttit

Email: diethorn@calu.edu
Phone: 724-938-5762
Text: 724-426-7060

Territory
Eastern Pennsylvania

Advice to prospective students

Get involved in clubs and organizations, and take advantage of the events on campus.  I met some of my best friends at clubs and events - and I am still friends with them today!

What do you do when you are not at Cal U

I love traveling and exploring new places, spending time with family and friends, and being outside.  The beach is my happy place, but I also love hiking, biking and whitewater rafting.

Education

B.A. in History; M.A.T. in Secondary Education - Social Studies

What you like best about Cal U?

I love the energy on campus during the semesters and having the opportunity to interact with our students on a daily basis.

 
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Amanda Magdic

Assistant Director

 

Email: magdic@calu.edu
Phone: 724-938-4295
Text: 724-426-7025

Territory
Northern Allegheny county, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forrest, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Potter, Tioga, Venango, and Warren Counties. Ohio, New York and Western United States.

Advice to prospective students

Plan ahead and have fun! Don't wait until your senior year of high school to plan for your college career. Start going to college fairs your sophomore year to see what is out there. Not only will this result in less stressful junior and senior years, it will get you excited and motivate you to do your best in high school.

What do you do when you are not at Cal U?

I love spending time with my family and friends above all else.  I am blessed to live in small town in Westmoreland County where I can be outside enjoying the woods and water. I always make sure I get to see the ocean at least once a year to enjoy some blue crab picking, fishing, and searching for sea glass.

Hometown

Ligonier, Pa.

Education

Ligonier Valley HS 1996, B.A. in Psychology from The College of Wooster, M.S. in Community and Agency Counseling from California University of Pennsylvania.

What do you like best about Cal U?

Our faculty are bar none. They have all worked in the field that they teach, so they bring real-life experience in to the classroom. Not only do they serve as teachers, but they'e also mentors to Cal U students. This relationship is crucial to the success of any college student.

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Eric Tarpley

Email: tarpley@calu.edu
Phone: 724-938-5920
Text: 724-426-7045

Territory
Allegheny County and Philadelphia

Advice to prospective students

Work on your time management skills. Time management is one of the best traits that will help you succeed in college.

What do you do when you are not at Cal U?

In my time away from the office I am a husband, father and grandfather. I spend a lot of time in my role as associate pastor at Nazareth Baptist Church.

Hometown

Washington, Pa.

Education

B.A .Business Administration from Washington and Jefferson College

What do you like best about Cal U?

The friendly environment. The opportunity to use personal skills for professional growth.

 

 
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Amy Woodward

Assistant Director/Transfer Admissions

Email: woodward@calu.edu
Phone: 724-938-5852
Text: 724-426-7055

Territory
Transfers/community colleges

Advice to prospective students

Find your passion!

What do you do when you are not at Cal U?

Spend time with family and friends.

Hometown

Bethel Park, Pa.

Education

B.S. Elementary Education , Master of Education

What do you like best about Cal U?

The students.