Your guides to becoming an Ichabod

Admissions Counselors can answer your questions about the application process, scholarships, living on campus and so much more. 

Live in Shawnee County, Kansas? Choose your high school to find your counselor:

Kansas high school students, select your county to find your counselor:

If you're a high school student living outside of Kansas, please choose your state:

  • Transferring from another institution? Interested in completing your degree? Jamie and Peyton and would be more than happy to assist!
  • Are you a non-degree seeking student? Meet Brett. He'll help you through the process!  


Joseph Tinsley is the director of Admissions at Washburn University.

Joseph Tinsley

Director of Admissions

Hometown: Owensboro, Kentucky


Office phone:785.670.1030

Favorite spot to relax on campus: The Garvey Fine Arts Center courtyard between White Concert Hall and the Mulvane Art Museum. It's very peaceful.

Advice for new Ichabods: Having fun and working hard in college goes together like peanut butter and jelly. The key is making sure to get the perfect balance.


Brett Johnson is the associate director of admissions at Washburn University.

Brett Johnson

Associate Director of Admissions

Hometown: Bonner Springs, Kansas

I work with students who: earned their high school diploma or GED over one year ago, but have not yet attended college since then.


Office phone: 785.670.1988

Advice for new Ichabods: Find something that interests you and become involved in it – could be Greek Life, Washburn Student Government Association, Campus Activities Board, intramural sports, on-campus employment, or whatever else that interests you!

Favorite place to explore/eat in Topeka: First Fridays Art Walk in North Topeka (NOTO).

Favorite Washburn memory: As a student, painting up and cheering on our athletic teams on so many different occasions.

Hannah Kirby

Hannah Kirby

Campus Visit and Events Coordinator

Hometown: Lansing, Kansas


Office phone: 785.670.1289

A hidden gem on campus is... the third floor of Mabee Library. The quiet floor is a great environment for studying, relaxing or taking a quick nap between finals!

Be sure to get involved in... something that brings you joy! Whether it's student government, a fraternity or sorority, the arts, athletics or your own organization, explore your interests and make connections.



Maddy Broeckelman

Maddy Broeckelman

Admissions Counselor

Hometown: Topeka, Kansas

I work with students from: Cair Paravel, Heritage Christian, South Central Kansas, Oklahoma


Cell phone (feel free to text): 785.221.7120

Office phone: 785.670.1287

Favorite place to explore in Topeka: All new restaurants and shops downtown (especially The Pennant on Washburn night!)

Advice for New Ichabods: Post-its and planners are life. And be sure to take advantage of all the discounts with your Student ID!


Seth Cross

Seth Cross

Admissions Counselor

Hometown: Fort Scott, Kansas

I work with students from: Washburn Rural, Rossville and Silver Lake high schools, Northwest Kansas and Colorado


Cell phone (feel free to text): 785.260.4392

Office phone: 785.670.1626

Favorite place to explore in Topeka: Crestview Park and some of the great walking trails in the area. 

A hidden gem on campus is... The Reading Room in the LLC! 


Tierney smiling

Tierney Kester

Admissions Counselor

Hometown: Stockton, Kansas

I work with students from: Hayden High School, Shawnee Heights High School, Southeast Kansas and Missouri


Cell phone (feel free to text): 785.260.4409

Office phone: 785.670.1652

A hidden gem on campus is: the Multicultural Intersectional Learning Space (MILS) in the Union Underground! They put on a ton of events to help you learn about other cultures and learn how to connect with your own, too.

Advice for New Ichabods: Take a chance! Try new things and find out what you're most passionate about. You're bound to stumble upon your purpose in life if you love what you do.


Jamie Diers is an admissions counselor at Washburn University.

Jamie Diers

Admissions Counselor

Hometown: Lincoln, Nebraska

I work with: transfer students 


Cell phone (feel free to text): 785.230.5113

Office phone: 785.670.1625

Advice for new Ichabods: Take advantage of all the resources on campus and embrace your college experience.

Be sure to get involved in... an organization tied to your major.


Peyton White

Peyton White

Admissions Counselor

Hometown: Topeka, Kansas

I work with: transfer students


Cell phone (feel free to text): 785.260.3021

Office phone: 785.670.1904

A hidden gem on campus is... the trees between Garvey and the Memorial Union. When it is warmer weather, it is a perfect area to hammock.

Be sure to get involved in... anything that is of interest to you. If it is an organization that you have done something similar to in the past, or even if it is something new and it has peaked your attention. Give it a try!


Washburn University Admissions
Morgan Hall Suite 100
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

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