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Meet Your Admissions Counselor

At PHC, our admissions process is both personal and understandable. As an applicant, you will interact directly with the same admissions counselor throughout your college decision process, from answering your initial questions on the phone, to helping you with your application. Read below to find out more about your counselor.  


Andrew Lonon


Hi everyone, my name is Andrew Lonon. I came to PHC as a bright-eyed and bushytailed freshman in the August 2009, and began work as an admissions counselor in the summer of 2013 just as bright-eyed, though slightly less bushytailed. My Classical Liberal Arts degree taught me to love learning, and I hope in the future to pursue entrepreneurship, ministry, and eventually graduate school. In the meantime, I have the privilege of working in the Admissions Office with the incredible people whose faces you see on this page. During my time at PHC, I participated in British Parliamentary Debate, Moot Court, Eden Troupe, Soccer, Chorale, and, my personal favorite, PHC’s men’s a capella ensemble: The Statesmen. I credit PHC with teaching me to be a more skillful scholar, a more imaginative artist, and most importantly, a more ready servant of the Lord. I look forward to the opportunity to help you as you decide whether PHC is the place for you!



States: DC, DE, MD, NJ, PA, VA, WV


Tait Deems


 Hey folks, I am Tait Deems. I studied at PHC in pursuit of a Government degree with an emphasis in Political Theory. While a full-time student I participated in forensics and music extra-curricular activities in addition to my classes, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I loved the music scene that exists on this campus. While there is a fairly robust formal music program with Chapel guild, Chamber orchestra, Chorale and other programs, it was the informal music culture that really drew me in. Students form bands and informal music groups frequently to play for our periodic coffee shop performances and on campus concerts. The on campus community comprised of fellow students, faculty, and staff is uniquely encouraging. Since beginning my service as an admissions counselor in the summer of 2013, I have been excited about the opportunity to bring students into that community who will be built up and who will play a part themselves in the powerful educational environment Patrick Henry College provides.



States: AK, AZ, CO, HI, ID, KS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NM, NV, OK, OR, SD, TX, UT, WA, WY




  Ardee Coolidge


Greetings and salutations! My name is Ardee Coolidge.  I began work here as an admissions counselor shortly after finishing at Patrick Henry College in May of 2012. During my high school years I traveled the country competing in both national speech and debate competitions as well as representing my church, 4-H club, and the great state of Florida. During my time at PHC, I was challenged to grow both academically and spiritually in an environment unlike any I had ever experienced. My time on campus included competing in national Mock Trial and Moot Court, making friendships that will remain with me the rest of my life, and of course working on my degree in government. I love traveling and meeting new people and it is a great honor to serve as your Admissions counselor. I cannot wait to help you to discover where God desires you to spend your college career and look forward to telling you all about PHC!

States: AL, AR, CA, FL, GA, LA, MS, SC, TN



Nick Barden

Hey guys! I’m Nick Barden, and I graduated from PHC in May 2014 with a degree in Classical Liberal Arts. During my time at PHC, I was a third floor guy (one of those elite band of students who resided on the top floor of the Red Hill dormitory) and quickly fell in with the academic-loving culture fostered on that floor. As a student, I had the opportunity to serve as the chair of the PHC Literary Colloquium, found the college’s Socratic Club, edit both The Red Hill Review and Arche, and work to build a coalition of academic clubs on campus. In addition, I had the opportunity to work with an incredible network of high school students during my time working as Administrator of Civics Education at Generation Joshua. PHC’s unique combination of academic excellence with a down-to-earth community reflected the student body’s desire to live fully in the world given to them by God while pushing each other to grow deeper in their relationship with Christ. Nowadays, you can find me pursuing many of the same interests I developed while at PHC – craft coffee, indie music, and reading the Great Books. I look forward to talking with you more about the college!


States: CT, VT, IA, IL, IN, KY, ME, MI, MN, MO, NH, NY, OH, RI, VT, WI