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 or attend one of our on-campus events. The Office of Admissions is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Walk-ins are always welcome, but appointments are preferred so that we can better serve you.

If you are a prospective international student, please contact the Office of International Admissions at international@bridgeport.edu.


Allison Garris

Dean of Admissions


Zeina Riachy

Assistant Director of Admissions

I graduated from Université Saint-Joseph de Beyrouth (USJ) with a bachelor’s degree in translation and a master’s in translation, with a focus on banking and business translation. I also earned a teaching diploma in living languages. I’m passionate about working in Graduate Admissions since I get to play a role in helping students take a step towards their future.

In my free time, I enjoy socializing, spending time with family and friends and swimming.

Favorite Color: Purple
Favorite Movie: Can’t decide on one. The list is long!
Favorite Book: Oscar et la dame rose
Favorite Food: Tabbouleh
Best Part About My Job: Helping the students achieve their academic and career goals
Something You Don’t Know About Me: I speak 6 languages
Three Words to Describe Me: Hardworking, friendly, helpful


Marquitta Preston

Transfer Admissions Officer

I graduated from Albertus Magnus College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, and currently pursuing my MBA. I enjoy working with students to help them achieve their educational goals. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, cooking, and listening to music.

Favorite Color: Purple
Favorite Movie: The Color Purple & Forrest Gump
Favorite Book: Anything written by Maya Angelou
Favorite Food: Tacos
Something you didn’t know about me: I am a very down to earth person that loves to dance and have a good time.
Three words to describe me: Funny, loyal, resilient


Nadia Santone

Transfer Admissions Officer

I graduated in 2021 from Central Connecticut State University with a Bachelor’s in Marketing and a minor in Sociology. As an undergraduate student, I gained a passion for higher education while working with my peers and in student life. At UB I love connecting with students to help them achieve their goals. In my free time, I love reading, art, and watching movies!

Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Movie: Dead Poets Society
Favorite Book: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Favorite Food: Ice Cream
Best part about my job: Meeting new students and helping them succeed at UB!
Something you didn’t know about me: I love making pottery and have tons of handmade ceramics.
Three words to describe me: Creative, ambitious, friendly

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