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Joseph Marlitt, Admission Counselor

Counselor for first year students from California (Napa, Orange, Sacramento, San Diego, Solano, Sonoma, Sutter, Yolo counties and Central Valley, Deserts/Inland Empire, High Sierra, Northern Coast and Shasta/Cascades) and Washington (Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish, San Juan, Island, Clallam, Jefferson, Grays Harbor, Mason and Thurston counties)

Additional Responsibilities: Coordinates Final Admission Review Team and faculty admission reports, assists with communications.

Phone: 503.883.2473


What the power of a small college is to you? I sometimes think the term “small” isn’t appropriate to describe colleges of Linfield’s size as an institution. I think Linfield’s size is conducive; conducive to real world research, collaboration, and towards building a respect between professors and students. A small college allows you to truly be the master of your own domain.

Who…are you? I am a running, rock climbing, and all around sports enthusiast. I also enjoy coffee on what some experts may consider an unhealthy basis. My favorite teams are the Linfield Wildcats (obviously), Portland Trail Blazers and Timbers, and Seattle Mariners. I love to explore the incredible natural scenes that the Willamette Valley and Western Oregon have to offer. It is truly a beautiful pocket of our world.

Favorite book: I love Kurt Vonnegut’s “The Sirens of Titan.” I am not usually a Sci-Fi enthusiast, but Vonnegut is provocative on a subconscious level and makes anyone who reads his work to reconsider the world around them. On a more high-brow level, I also love to read “Get Fuzzy” and “Pearls Before Swine.”

Favorite Food: I can’t…I won’t… I eat everything in sight. I am a garbage disposal. If you twist my arm, I admit that my true love is Thai Country restaurant on Third Street. The Pineapple Fried Rice makes your mouth dance!

Why Linfield: As one Linfield student put it, “Usually when I describe it to people, I say something along the lines of ‘my favorite place in the world’ or ‘home.’” In my short time here I have come to realize this warm feeling extends to all facets of the community, and you can truly add yourself as an ingredient rather than idle as a spectator.