Admissions Staff

The List College Admissions staff are here to help guide you through the admissions process and answer any questions. We look forward to hearing from you.

Melissa Present, Director of Enrollment Management and List College Admissions

Missy Present serves as the director of Enrollment Management and List College director of Admissions, overseeing the recruitment of students, management of prospective student events nationwide, and relationships with key organizational and community partners. She also works closely with prospective students and parents, Columbia University and Barnard College admissions professionals, and the List College deans.

A graduate of the George Washington University with a bachelor of arts in Speech and Hearing Science, Missy also worked there as a senior interviewer for the office of undergraduate admissions. Prior to her work at JTS, she was senior associate for human resources at Hillel's Schusterman International Center in Washington DC, where she served as the lead professional for early career talent recruitment. Missy also managed Hillel's executive coaching and leadership development programs, as well as the Great Place to Work initiative.

Originally from outside Philadelphia, Missy enjoys traveling, biking, and cheering on the Philadelphia Eagles.

Email Missy at with any questions you may have.

Sarah Steinmann, Assistant Director of Admissions

Sarah Steinmann serves as the List College assistant director of Admissions. In this role, Sarah works closely with prospective students and their families, as well as Columbia University and Barnard College admissions professionals, college guidance counselors, and the List College team. She also works with List College tour guides, arranging campus tours for all visitors.

A graduate of the Double Degree Program, Sarah earned a BA  in Modern Jewish Studies from List College and a BA in English from Barnard College. As an undergraduate, Sarah worked for the Office of Admissions as a List College tour guide, and served two terms on the Barnard College Student Government Association's Executive Board.

A native of Syracuse, New York, Sarah is an avid sports fan, coffee connoisseur, and social media enthusiast.
Email Sarah at with any questions you may have.


Admission Interns
The Admissions interns have the unique opportunity to act as emissaries to the outside community by representing List College various other events. In addition, Admissions interns plan open houses for prospective students, including Prospective Student Weekend.

Jenna Ferman is a Joint Program sophomore from Abington, Pennsylvania. She attended Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy for high school. In addition to being a List College Admissions Intern, she is a service coordinator for KOACH (the Conservative student group) at Columbia/Barnard Hillel, a dancer in Shalhevet, Hillel's Israeli dance troupe, a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority, and a religious school teacher at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue. She is also a mentor for Mentoring Youth in New York City through Community Impact at Columbia. In her free time, Jenna loves to run in Central Park, shop at farmers' markets, discover interesting movies on Netflix, and explore the best vegetarian restaurants around New York City.

Ross Haimowitz was born and raised in Toms River, New Jersey, and attended the Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science. He is a sophomore in the Joint Program, majoring in Jewish History and Political Science / Economics. Ross serves as vice president of finance on the List College Student Council, is involved as a member of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity and the Columbia Undergraduate Energy Club, and tutors local students in math. In the summer of 2013, Ross worked as an intern at a wealth management firm in northern New Jersey.

Elizabeth Krusch grew up in Pittsford, New York, and attended Pittsford-Mendon High School. She sings with S'madar (the all-female Jewish a cappella group of Columbia/Barnard Hillel), is a member of the Sigma Delta Tau sorority, and serves on the executive board of GlobeMed at Columbia as a coordinator of their annual HillTop conference. She plans on majoring in in Jewish Literature or Ethics at List College, and in Biology (premed) at Columbia. In her spare time, she enjoys reading novels in Central Park, experimenting with new recipes in the residence hall kitchens, and exploring New York City.

Lucille Marshall is a sophomore in the Joint Program, hoping to major in Jewish Literature at List College and Middle Eastern Studies at Columbia. She loves to explore New York City's museums, parks, and frozen yogurt shops. Her favorite times in the Joint Program include preparing cozy Shabbat dinners with friends, participating in campaign trips with Columbia political clubs, and enjoying the local farmers' market.