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Morgan Carver

Morgan Carver
Senior Admissions Counselor

When I first got to Columbus I was taken by the skyline. The Scioto river makes for a beautiful walk in the grass and seeing downtown. There’s always something to do in CBUS too! CCAD is a very warm, creative and thriving community to be a part of. My goal this year is to try the Columbus Coffee Experience! Being originally from Portland, OR I have developed a taste for seeking out the finest cold brews around.



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Marie Cossins
Admissions Counselor

I really love to spend time in German Village! It has beautiful brick streets, lovely houses and interesting architecture. It is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Columbus and you can feel the history when you walk around there. My favorite spot in German Village is The Book Loft. It has 32 rooms of books in pre-Civil War era buildings that have been combined into one awesome bookstore! My other favorite thing to do around Columbus is play in sand volleyball leagues. It’s a really great way to meet new people!


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Ellen Ellis 
Admissions Counselor

I love how Columbus lives up to its unofficial title of a “little – big” city. You can comfortably settle into a small community, neighborhood, or campus and still enjoy all the perks of being in a major metropolis. Some of my favorite things to do are check out the amazing galleries at the Columbus Museum of Art located right next door to our own CCAD campus. From Kehinde Wiley to Pablo Picasso and Isabel and Ruben Toldedo, you can experience the work of some the most talented artists and designers of our time. There’s also a really fantastic music scene here – I’ve seen some really great concerts here ranging from Indie or Pop to Rap, R&B, and Country.


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Kassandra Mestemaker
Admissions Counselor

Columbus offers SO much good food, good art, good entertainment and great young professional or student opportunities. But most importantly, Columbus provides stellar people who have turned into some of my best friends, mentors, colleagues and peers. If the city isn’t enough to interest you, the people will be. I have definitely found a home in Columbus. I enjoy browsing the Short North galleries, building new loaded tacos at Condado and catching up with friends over coffee at any of the picture-perfect locations around town. (Stauf’s, Fox in the Snow, Roosevelt or Mission Coffee to name a few!)


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Becca Thomas 
Senior Admissions Counselor

I have lived in different parts of Ohio my whole life but I’ve really found a home in Columbus. Whether I’m catching an indie flick at Gateway Film Center, strolling through the Short North at a Gallery Hop, or enjoying mac and cheese at Hot Chicken Takeover, there’s never a dull day in CBUS!



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Emily Houlis
Senior Graduate Admissions Counselor

I love that Columbus offers the perks of a large city at a much lower cost of living. There are amazing restaurants and farmers markets – my favorite is the North Market, which has great options for lunch and amazing people-watching.


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Ashley Deal  
Admissions Counselor

I moved to Columbus from my hometown in Indiana to experience what opportunities a “little-big” city has to offer.  Besides the art, the atmosphere, and the food, I really enjoyed the easy access to nature that Columbus offers. I spend a lot of time in Wolfe Park but I really love the Franklin Park Botanical Gardens. There’s not only beautiful flora everywhere, but they also teach classes with subjects that vary from the arts to yoga. You can get in tune with nature, and then learn how to build your own terrarium!

Columbus College of Art & Design is one of the nation’s oldest and largest private art institutions. We’ve been leading the way in educating elite U.S. and international talent for 140 years. Here you’ll bring your ideas to life through a rigorous, studio-based curriculum that will challenge you to think, create and work at the highest level. You’ll explore and push boundaries in our state-of-the-art facilities. You’ll grow from close mentorships with world-class faculty. This is the place to answer your calling. A place to unleash your full creative fire. Start your story by applying today.