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Meet Your Admission Counselor

Steve FediukSteve Fediuk

Undergraduate Admission Counselor

Steve travels to and reviews applications from the following areas:

Connecticut; Massachusetts; In New Jersey: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon; Morris; Passaic, Somerset; Sussex, Union, and Warren Counties; in Pennsylvania: Chester County, East and North Philadelphia; Rhode Island

Steve’s advice for students searching for colleges:

Be sure to visit colleges more than once and ask questions. You want to make sure that the college you pick is the right fit for you.

Steve’s favorite thing about USciences:

A small campus atmosphere in a large city setting, USciences is the best of both worlds.

Steve’s favorite thing about Philadelphia:

Being in such a diverse city gives you the opportunity to meet a bunch of new people from all over and to try new things!

Interesting fact about Steve:

Favorite sport is soccer-F.C. Barcelona!

Kristine Houghton

Kristine HoughtonUndergraduate Admission Counselor

Kristine travels to and reviews applications from the following areas:

Delaware; Maryland; in New Jersey: Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Mercer, Ocean and Salem Counties; in Pennsylvania: Central and Central East Philadelphia; Washington, D.C.

Kristine’s advice for students searching for colleges:

Don’t let your friends influence you where you go to school. Find a major/program that interests you at school you feel passionate about. Chances are you will meet new friends who have the same interests as you.

Kristine’s favorite thing about USciences:

The location. USciences is tucked away in a sweet spot of Philadelphia that makes everyone feel right at home without being in the hustle and bustle of a big city.

Kristine’s favorite thing about Philadelphia:

The people! Philadelphia is known for its passionate sports fans. You can definitely feel the Philly Pride everywhere you go.

Interesting fact about Kristine:

I use to work at Disney World. I love all things Disney.

Brian Martin

Undergraduate Admission Counselor

Brian travels to and reviews applications from the following areas:

Alabama; Arizona; Arkansas; Colorado; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Mississippi; Nevada; New Mexico; North Carolina; Oklahoma; in Pennsylvania: Adams, Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Huntington, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Montgomery, Perry, and York Counties; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; West Virginia

Brian’s advice for students searching for colleges:

Visiting colleges and universities is exciting and can be a little intimidating. Ask questions, talk to current students, and explore as many options as you can before you choose what school to attend. College is your home away from home, so the college you select should make you feel like you can grow and succeed at whatever you put your mind to!

Brian’s favorite thing about USciences:

The close-knit community of dedicated faculty and staff genuinely want to see the students succeed. The countless research opportunities coupled with a great location makes USciences a truly great place to be.

Brian’s favorite thing about Philadelphia:

People from all different backgrounds of all different interests come together in this city. What better place to explore your passions and pursue your dreams surrounded by like-minded students!

Interesting fact about Brian:

I have been running for 8 years and I will be running many of the local races as well as the Philadelphia Marathon in 2017!

Elise Todderud

Elise TodderudAssistant Director of Admission and Communication

Elise travels to and reviews applications from the following areas:

Alaska; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Maine; Michigan; Minnesota; Montana; Nebraska; New Hampshire; Upstate New York; North Dakota; Ohio; Oregon; in Pennsylvania: Bucks, Lehigh, and Northampton counties, western PA, and Northeast Philadelphia; South Dakota; Vermont; Washington; Wisconsin; Wyoming

Elise’s advice for students searching for colleges:

While visiting colleges and universities that interest you, try to get a feel for what student life is like by talking to students, including your tour guide, and visiting areas where students hang out. It is important to make sure that you can see yourself as a student on campus and to experience a sense of pride in the institution which you choose to attend.

Elise’s favorite thing about USciences:

University of the Sciences has a small student population, which means that students receive a more personalized education. There are many opportunities for students to gain experiences outside of the USciences classroom including participating in undergraduate research, experiential learning, and service learning, going on a study abroad trip, taking a University of the Arts course, getting involved in clubs, organizations, music and athletics, and much more!

Fun fact about Elise:

I’m 6’2’’ and I love being tall!

Kate Yurkovic

Kate YurkovicAdmission Counselor

Kate travels to and reviews applications from the following areas:

In Pennsylvania: northeastern and north central PA, Center City and South Philadelphia; in New Jersey: Middlesex and Monmouth Counties

Kate’s advice for students searching for colleges:

We are all utterly unique! Regardless of your grades, test scores, talents, or situation, you have an obligation as a human to grow and contribute to your own unique path. Look for an institution that makes you feel comfortable and that gives you the opportunity to reach your goals.

Kate’s favorite thing about USciences:

I love USciences’ campus environment! Even though the university is located in a city, it has a homey feel to it. 

Kate’s favorite thing about Philadelphia:

I love everything about Philadelphia, but my favorite thing about the city is that there is always an element of surprise. There are hidden gems around every bend.

Counselors for Transfer Students

Serena Fahnbulleh

Serena Fahnbulleh

Assistant Director of Transfer Admission


Serena reviews applications for the following students:

Undergraduate Transfer students applying to all programs, not including Physician Assistant, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Pharmacy (PharmD)

Serena’s advice for students considering transferring to USciences:

It is never too early to start the process! We are here to help you throughout all steps of transferring, from your first campus visit until you start classes with us. I encourage you to contact our office to set up an appointment and tour, connect with your faculty members, and learn how USciences can be the best fit for you.

Serena’s favorite thing about USciences:

I love how motivated everyone in our community is in creating a campus environment that fosters intellectual curiosity and academic excellence. Students are encouraged to pursue their academic and career goals while receiving support from dedicated faculty and staff.

Serena’s favorite thing about Philadelphia:

I truly consider Philadelphia a big city comprised of small neighborhoods. Each neighborhood within Philadelphia has its own appeal, diverse population, and hot spots! One of the best aspects of living in Philadelphia is exploring all that it has to offer.

Wayne Segal

Wayne Segal

Senior Admission Counselor – Professional Programs


Wayne reviews applications for the following students:

Transfer and Post-baccalaureate students applying to the Pharmacy (PharmD) program

Wayne’s advice for students searching for colleges:

When considering a professional program, such as the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program, look outside the box and seek additional information from all sources available, not just websites. Seek out and speak to pharmacy practitioners providing healthcare in both traditional and non-traditional settings. In order to better understand the various healthcare career options, take the opportunity to volunteer and observe during summers and school breaks.

Wayne’s favorite things about USciences:

As an alum of USciences’ Philadelphia College of Pharmacy (PCP) and a member of the PCP Adjunct Faculty, I am proud of the students who attend this wonderful university. They collaborate with their classmates and share interests and a passion for a great educational experience. Students in the PharmD program can gain their Pharmacy Practice Experiences in a variety of geographical locations.

Wayne’s favorite thing about Philadelphia:

Home of the internationally renowned Philadelphia Orchestra and Art Museum, Philly offers something for everyone with its rich history, major theater and musical productions, comedy clubs, professional sports teams, scientific and cultural museums, regattas on the Schuylkill, and close proximity to the mountains and beaches.

Interesting fact about Wayne:

For most of Wayne’s professional career, he has been a Pharmacist working in both senior management and staff positions for major teaching hospitals. Having a personal interest in college financial planning, he holds both a federal Series 6 securities and state life insurance license. Soon, he hopes to add a federal Ham Radio license.

Aimee Viggiani

Aimee Viggiani

Associate Director of Transfer/Professional Admission


Aimee reviews applications for the following students:

Transfer and Post-baccalaureate students applying to Physician Assistant, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy or Pharmacy (PharmD) programs

Aimee’s advice for students searching for colleges:

If you are looking to get into a professional program make sure to take the time to not only research online but speak to people practicing in the profession already. Even better, look for opportunities to shadow or volunteer in your particular area of interest – then you know you are making a well-educated decision!

Aimee’s favorite thing about USciences:

I love the location—you have the best of both worlds with easy access to all parts of the city but the campus is not overwhelmingly huge and there is a true sense of community.

Aimee’s favorite thing about Philadelphia:

The exciting food scene—from unique restaurants and food trucks to fine dining—it’s so much fun (and delicious!) to discover all of the inventive things young chefs are bringing to Philly!

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