Meet Your Admissions Team

Our undergraduate admissions team is available to help you with your application, program insights, scheduling a visit, and financial aid. Please feel free to reach out to us anytime Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. We are here to help!

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Allison Garris

Dean of Admissions

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Amy Borruso

Admissions Officer

I have a bachelor’s in American Studies from Cornell University, and I received my master’s in Teaching from Simmons College. I have worked in education at the elementary level, the high school level, and now in higher ed. I love connecting with students to better understand their goals and plans. It is always exciting to help students uncover their life’s path as they pursue their education. My husband and I have three college kids, and we enjoy traveling, hiking, and bingeing TV shows.

Favorite Color: Green
Favorite Movie: The Wizard of Oz
Favorite Book: Educated by Tara Westover
Favorite Food: Pasta!
Best Part About My Job: Helping students on their path to college
Something You Don’t Know About Me: I used to be a fourth grade teacher
Three Words to Describe Me: Friendly, curious, beach-lover

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Jessica Clarke

Admissions Officer

I received my bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. My passion for Higher Education stems from my co-founding of a Non-profit program “E.N.V.I.S.I.O.N ”,offering free mentoring and tutoring services to underserved students in the Bridgeport Public School System, encouraging them to pursue higher education. I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the beginning of a new chapter for so many students.

Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Movie: The Hate You Give
Favorite Book: Sometimes I Trip On How Happy We Could Be by Nichole Perkins
Favorite Food: Birria Tacos
Best Part About My Job: Having the opportunity to speak to students who look like me in the neighborhood I am from.
Something You Don’t Know About Me: I have played 5 instruments and can sing!
Three Words to Describe Me: Optimistic, adventurous, outgoing

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Kendra Fiala

Admissions Officer

I earned a bachelor’s degree in Social Work as well as minors in Voice Performance and Addiction Studies from West Virginia University. I worked as a Student Ambassador at WVU for two years, where I developed my passion for higher education. I firmly believe that the students are what makes a university special, and I feel lucky to be able to help students learn and grow as individuals and professionals. I enjoy playing music and traveling in my free time.

Favorite Color: Pastel yellow
Favorite Movie: Any type of musical
Favorite Book: Perfect Marriage
Favorite Food: A GOOD hamburger
Best Part About My Job: Helping the students realize that higher education is an option.
Something You Don’t Know About Me: I can play 8 instruments.
Three Words to Describe Me: Positive, understanding, warm

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