Nancy Altstatt

Assistant Director of Admissions Communication

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I attended Chowan University as a non-traditional, transfer student. Chowan gave me the opportunity to fulfill a dream and be an example to my children, by becoming a college graduate. By offering me a position after graduation in the Chowan Financial Aid Office, and now in the Chowan Admissions Office, the university has also helped me build a career. Once you spend time at Chowan, you will understand what it means when we say, “come be part of the Chowan family."

Advice from Nancy: College will be a time of personal and educational growth. You will likely create friendships that will last a lifetime. Just remember to take a chance, ask lots of questions, and be willing to try new things.

Favorite spot on campus: My favorite spot on campus as a student, was Whitaker Library. As an English major, I was often comforted and inspired when surrounded by books. I spent many hours researching, studying, or doing group projects. The library’s staff is also very helpful in assisting students with the resources needed to become successful scholars.

Favorite Chowan moment: Graduation day is my favorite Chowan moment. I worked extremely hard to be an honor graduate, which was a dream I once thought unobtainable. I will never forget the moment I walked across the stage, with a huge grin on my face, and was handed my diploma by Dr. Christopher White.

Favorite college memory: My favorite college memory is having my poetry published in Chowan’s “The Brown Lady” academic publication. I also had the pleasure of sharing my poetry at the reception for the release of the magazine. Chowan gave me many opportunities to share my literary work and grow as a writer and public speaker.


  • BA, English, Chowan University