Meet Your Admissions Team

We are here to help you determine which program is right for you, as well as to help walk you through the application process. Feel free to contact us via phone or email. The Office of International Admissions is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM EST.

Contact the Office of International Admissions at (203) 576-4552 or international@bridgeport.edu.

Jeffrey Mon

Jeffrey Mon

Dean of Admissions

Allison Garris

Allison Garris

Assistant Dean of Admissions


Rebecca Ciullo

Rebecca Ciullo

Enrollment Communications Officer


I graduated from University of Bridgeport with my Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing (2015) and MBA in Analytics Intelligence & Marketing (2017). I’m currently pursuing my doctorate in Educational Leadership at UB as well. I’m passionate about my job because I love helping students achieve their goals and dreams. In my free time I enjoy spending time with family, my dog, and traveling.

Favorite Color: Purple
Favorite Movie: The Notebook
Favorite Book: 1984 by George Orwell
Favorite Food: Chicken/Eggplant Parm
Best Part About My Job: Helping students achieve their goals and dreams
Something You Don’t Know About Me: I’m a huge dog lover!
Three Words to Describe Me: Funny, helpful, caring


Nicole Graham

Nicole Graham

International Admissions Manager, DSO


I have had the great fortune to meet students from around the globe and visit many different countries throughout my career in International Admissions and as an International Student Advisor and Study Abroad Advisor. I love helping students come to the USA to reach their educational and personal goals. This has been a passion of mine for almost 24 years in higher education. I received both my MBA and BS degrees from Johnson & Wales University. In my spare time I love to bake and I enjoy spending time with friends and family in New Jersey, Rhode Island and Florida.

Favorite Color: Purple
Favorite Movies: Airplane, Pulp Fiction and Superbad (too hard to choose one)
Favorite Book: Wonder by R.J. Palacio (the message is beautiful!)
Favorite Food: Seared Sea Scallops
Something you don’t know about me: I love animals and volunteered with the Miami Humane Society for many years. I also ran the Disney Princess Half Marathon dressed in a tiara and tutu.
Three Words to Describe Me: Friendly, Fun, Adventurous


Kevin Bruestle

Kevin Bruestle

International Admissions Officer, DSO


I graduated with a Bachelors from the University of California: San Diego and a Masters from Stanford University. I have been involved in education for a long time. I previously worked at an international education organization focusing on international high school students and was most recently a lecturer at a university in China. These experiences have made me passionate about working with international students and helping them to succeed. During my free time, I enjoy studying Chinese language and literature.

Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Movie: haven’t really seen any good movies in a long time
Favorite Book: a wide array of classical and modern Chinese literature
Favorite Food: Chinese food
Something You Don’t Know About Me: I speak Chinese and German.
Three Words to Describe Me: honest, understanding, detail-oriented


Dorothy Classen

Dorothy Classen

International Admissions Officer, DSO


I graduated from the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford in 2012 with a BFA in Photography. In 2013, my art connections brought me to St. Thomas More School, a small boarding school in eastern CT where I started as a yearbook advisor and tutor among several other responsibilities. I found a new passion working with the international students at STM and was promoted to Director of International Students in 2017. I love to travel and learn about other cultures, customs and languages and I am SO excited to link all of my passions together here with the rest of my awesome New UB Admissions crew!

In my free time, I teach (virtual) dance fitness classes: MixxedFit® and Zumba®! I like to read, but tend to watch a lot of movies. And I am close with my friends and family; we hike, love the beach or any body of water really, and just being together. ❤

Favorite Color: Yellow
Favorite Movie: Bridesmaids
Favorite Book: “Homegoing” by Yaa Gyasi and also George RR Martin’s series “A Song of Ice and Fire”
Favorite Food: Almost any unhealthy carb… I will never say no especially to chips or fries!
Something You Don’t Know About Me: I am simultaneously a travel addict and “homebody.” I have been very fortunate with many travel opportunities across almost every continent, but find it extremely important to balance my travels with time at home in the company of my friends, family and cat!
Three Words to Describe Me: Friendly, caring, open


Maxwell Di Carlo

Maxwell Di Carlo

International Admissions Coordinator


I’m a University of Bridgeport alum with a bachelor’s degree in Human Services. I’ve always wanted to make a difference in people’s lives. I’m a huge advocate for self-improvement and doing what you can to put more kindness into the world “ it could use some. Positivity starts with us, so doing anything to put a little light in someone’s life is important.

In my free time I’m an artist, I love to create and give people a piece of what goes on in my head. I also play tons of video games and spend a lot of time listening to video essays.

Favorite Color: Whatever’s on my head at the time
Favorite Movie: Coraline
Favorite Book: “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” by Caitlin Doughty
Favorite Food: Sushi
Something You Don’t Know About Me: I’m insufferably ecstatic about beachy indie music.
Three Words to Describe Me: Creative, optimistic, and caring
Pronouns: He/They


Agnes Farkas

Agnes Farkas

International Admissions Officer, DSO


I graduated from Western Connecticut State University with my Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science (2012) and went on to work with Refugees fleeing from turbulent and war-torn Countries. Received my Master’s Degree from University of Bridgeport in Global Development and Peace (2019). I’m passionate about helping international students and especially those coming from other countries to receive their education and live out their dreams. In my free time I enjoy reading, traveling and learning about different cultures.

Favorite Color: Red
Favorite Movie: Indiana Jones and Jurassic Park
Favorite Book: The Prince: Niccolo Machiavelli, Iliad, Odyssey
Favorite Food: Salata Leves, Kaposztas Teszta (Hungarian food)
Best Part About My Job: Helping International students achieve their dreams and seeing them take that knowledge to change the world day by day.
Something You Don’t Know About Me: I speak 4 languages and love rap music
Three Words to Describe Me: Funny, caring and compassionate


Bridget Halstead

Bridget Halstead

International Admissions Officer, DSO


I graduated from Boston College in 2017 with a BA in History. During my undergraduate degree, I studied as an international student at University College Cork in Cork, Ireland. As a result of my time abroad, I am passionate about creating a positive educational experience for international students. The best part of my job is helping our international students achieve their dreams. In my free time, I like crafting, reading, and visiting NYC.

Favorite Color: Green
Favorite Movie: Elf
Favorite Book: Little Women
Favorite Food: Sushi
Something You Don’t Know About Me: I have hiked on Mount Olympus in Greece
Three Words to Describe Me: Friendly, enthusiastic, detective
Pronouns: She/Her


Kiara Lopez

Kiara Lopez

International Admissions Coordinator, DSO


My career with the University of Bridgeport began in March 2019 where I started in the Admissions office processing International applications as a secretary. However, within a short time frame my responsibilities shifted and my role became focused on advising our International students before and after their arrival on campus. The work that I do for our international students is extremely rewarding and is the reason why I am determined on continuing my own education so that I can expand my career within this field. I just love what I do. I enjoy spending my free time with my husband and children watching movies, playing board games, and being goofy.

Favorite Color: White
Favorite Movie: There are so many good ones, how can I choose a favorite?
Favorite Book: Wheel of Time Series by Robert Jordan
Favorite Food: Chicken Shawarma wrap with hummus
Best Part About My Job: Being the bridge that connects our international students to achieving their educational goals in the U.S.
Something You Don’t Know About Me: I stood 4ft away from Rihanna at a Beyonce concert and I met Corbin Bleu
Three words to Describe Me: Loud, honest & goofy

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