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Meet Your Admission Counselor

Devin Kathleen Cohick

Devin Kathleen BownesUndergraduate Admission Counselor

Devin travels to and reviews applications from the following areas:

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

Devin’s advice for students searching for colleges:

Visit, visit, visit. Never rule out a college or university without visiting first. The campus visit can provide you with the most detailed information about where you may choose to live and study.

Devin’s favorite thing about Philadelphia:

My favorite thing about Philadelphia is the culture, from food to the arts. Philadelphia has so much to offer!

Interesting fact about Devin:

I am an avid WWE fan. I love professional wrestling!

Gus DiStefano

Gus DiStefanoAssociate Director of Undergraduate Admission  

Gus travels to and reviews applications from the following areas:

In Pennsylvania: In Pennsylvania: Berks, Dauphin, Delaware, and Lebanon Counties along with North and Northwest Philadelphia

Gus’s advice for students searching for colleges:

Visit the campus.

Gus’s favorite thing about Philadelphia:

Philadelphia Sports – I have been a lifelong Phillies fan!

Interesting fact about Gus:

I was a college baseball coach for 12 years.

Jacqueline Hane

Jacqueline HaneAssistant Director of Admission  

Jacqueline 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, Monmouth, and Somerset counties

Jacqueline’s advice for students searching for colleges:

When you visit, don’t be shy! Talk to current students and faculty and ask questions!

Jacqueline’s favorite thing about USciences:

The specialized curriculum means our students can focus on what they are most interested in – healthcare and the sciences.

Jacqueline’s favorite thing about Philadelphia:

I am a big art enthusiast—from the murals and outdoor sculptures all around town to Old City art galleries and the world-class Philadelphia Museum of Art, it’s impossible to run out of art, both new and old, in Philly.

Sabir Peele

Sabir PeeleUndergraduate Admission Counselor & Athletic Liaison

Sabir travels to and reviews applications from the following areas:

In New Jersey: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Passaic, and Union counties; in New York: Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, and West Chester counties; in Pennsylvania: East Philadelphia

Sabir’s advice for students searching for colleges:

Look for the college that fits your career path and personality. You really want to feel at home, but, you want a college that will help you get to your end goal.

Sabir’s favorite thing about Philadelphia:

As a Philadelphian, I love my city, its history and professional athletic teams. It’s easy to find something to fun to do no matter what you’re interested in.

Interesting fact about Sabir:

I was selected as one of the 5 “Best Dressed Real Men in America” by Esquire Magazine in 2010.

Elise Todderud

Elise TodderudUndergraduate Admission Counselor

Elise travels to and reviews applications from the following areas:

Connecticut; Massachusetts; in New Jersey: Hunterdon, Mercer, Morris, Sussex and Warren counties; upstate New York; in Pennsylvania: Bucks, Lehigh, and Northampton counties, western PA, and northeast Philadelphia; Rhode Island

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!

Justin Williams

Justin WilliamsUndergraduate Admission Counselor

Justin travels to and reviews applications from the following areas:

California; in Pennsylvania: Adams, Chester, Cumberland, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lancaster, Mifflin, Montgomery, Perry and York counties, and west and southwest Philadelphia; Virginia

Justin’s advice for students searching for colleges:

Look at all options carefully. There is a school out there that is a perfect match for you, one that’ll take you far!

Justin’s favorite thing about USciences:

Our campus is the best of both worlds—a close-knit small campus that’s part of the thriving University City neighborhood, plus you have all the opportunities of Philadelphia at your fingertips.

Interesting fact about Justin:

I’m a recent graduate of USciences (BS in Microbiology, Class of 2011) and love sharing my experiences with new and prospective students.


Counselors for Transfer Students

Aimee Viggiani

Aimee Viggiani Associate Director of Transfer/Professional Admission

Application review assignment:

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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