Your Admission Counselors

Our team of admission counselors are here to help and are excited to introduce you to USciences!

Counselors for Undergraduate Students
Counselors for Transfer and Graduate Professional Students
Counselors for Traditional Graduate Programs (MS, PhD and Certificate Programs)

Counselors for Undergraduate Students


Kristine Houghton

Kristine Houghton

Undergraduate Admission Counselor

Call or text: 215-596-4044

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 a 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 used to work at Disney World. I love all things Disney.


Morgan Kelly

Morgan Kelly

Undergraduate Admission Counselor

Call or text: 215-596-4020

Morgan travels to and reviews applications from the following areas:

In New Jersey: Hunterdon, Middlesex, Monmouth, Somerset, and Warren counties; in Pennsylvania: Bradford, Carbon, Columbia, Centre, Clinton, Delaware, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Lycoming, Monroe, Northumberland, Pike, Potter, Schuylkill, Snyder, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Wayne, Wyoming.

Morgan's advice for students searching for colleges:

Take advantage of the time you have with your tour guide! Ask them questions about their major, about student activities, and about daily life on campus. Pay close attention to how they talk about their school and the pride they have in the university they have chosen. Could you see yourself radiating that same pride? Could you see yourself speaking passionately about your chosen major and where it will take you? If the answers to those questions are yes after your tour, then make sure you keep that school at the top of your list!

Morgan's favorite thing about USciences:

The small student to faculty ratio. Students should never take for granted the opportunity they have to get to know their professor and their classmates in a small class environment. The personal attention to coursework that comes from a small class size is more beneficial than you could imagine. Being able to create lasting connections that help you later in your career while only an undergraduate student is one of the greatest assets of the university environment.

Morgan's favorite thing about Philadelphia:

I grew up in the neighborhoods of Philadelphia and will always call the city my home! There are so many exciting things happening in the city that it’s impossible to be bored. The city is also a friendly place for the quieter person with coffee shops, museums, and one of a kind book stores scattered all over from West Philly to Old City. There is always a place to be comfortable and get some studying done over a nice cup of coffee in a comfy chair.

Interesting fact about Morgan:

I have an unhealthy obsession with scifi shows from the 90s, I have almost the entire Stargate SG 1 series on DVD.


Danny Scaramella

Danny Scaramella

Undergraduate Admission Counselor

Call or text: 215-596-4136

Danny travels to and reviews applications from the following areas:

Connecticut; Massachusetts; in Pennsylvania: North Philadelphia; in New Jersey: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Passaic, Union, and Sussex Counties; in New York: Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Queens, Richmond (Staten Island), Rockland, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties.

He is also the contact for: Alabama; Arkansas; Florida; Georgia; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Mississippi; Missouri; Nevada;  North Carolina; Oklahoma; in Pennsylvania: Adams, Berks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Huntington, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Mifflin, Montgomery, Perry, and York Counties; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; West Virginia.  Inquiries from these areas should contact or 215-596-8810.

Danny’s advice for students searching for colleges:

When applying to college, I would recommend visiting as many colleges as you can. This will give you a great opportunity to learn more about the culture of the university. Also, take advantage of campus tours, they are very informative and will give you great information about campus life. Be sure to ask questions!

Danny’s favorite thing about USciences:

The location! We are located in the University City neighborhood of Philadelphia, home to over 40,000 college students. We are a small college in a large city with a beautiful campus. USciences is very centrally located and there is always something to get involved with on campus or off.

Danny’s favorite thing about Philadelphia:

The history! Philadelphia dates back to the 1600’s, and there are many historical attractions to visit including the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. I love to try new restaurants and explore the city in my free time. And of course, Philadelphia is home to Rocky Balboa!

Interesting fact about Danny:

I have been playing basketball since a young age and continued playing in college. I love the sport and everything it has to offer. I am the Athletic Liaison for the university, so feel free to contact me regarding recruitment to play Division II Athletics at USciences.


Michael Tocydlowski

Undergraduate Admission Counselor - Southern California


Mike travels in California and reviews applications from the following areas:

Alaska; Arizona; Colorado; Hawaii; Idaho; Montana; New Mexico; Oregon; Utah; Washington; Wyoming

Mike’s advice for students searching for colleges:

Make sure to keep all college options open, near and far, and to visit as many campuses as possible. Visiting campus gives you the opportunity to get the real “feel” of the college and its student body.

Mike’s favorite thing about USciences:

I like to describe USciences’ location as one that gives you a college town feel in a big city environment. USciences provides you with the best of both worlds, being located in University City (an area of Philadelphia shared with several notable universities).

Mike’s favorite thing about Philadelphia:

Much of my life was spent in Philadelphia until I made my way to California. I would say that Philadelphia has a small town charm, but it’s a major metropolitan city. You have excellent public transportation, fantastic art programs, several headquartered STEM organizations, and a diverse community, which make Philadelphia a world-class city.

Interesting fact about Mike:

My original major in college was Meteorology. I truly have a fascination with the weather and follow it very closely. I still consider it a hobby of mine.



Elise Todderund

Elise Todderud

Assistant Director of Admission and Communication

Call or text: 215-596-4008

Elise travels to and reviews applications from the following areas:

Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Maine; Michigan; Minnesota; Nebraska; New Hampshire; in New Jersey: Morris County; Upstate New York; North Dakota; Ohio; in Pennsylvania: Bucks, Lehigh, and Northampton counties, western PA, and Northeast Philadelphia; South Dakota; Vermont; Wisconsin

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!



Counselors for Transfer and Graduate Professional Students

Kendra King

Kendra King

Assistant Director of Transfer Admission

Call or text: 215-596-4026

Kendra reviews applications for the following students:

Transfer students applying to undergraduate degree programs

Kendra’s advice for students searching for colleges:

Take advantage of the opportunities to visit campus! A website or brochure can only tell you so much. Visiting allows you to meet current students, as well as your future professors and advising staff. Come prepared with a list a questions and don’t be afraid to ask. Also, trust your instincts during a campus visit. If you feel like a school isn’t right for you, it probably isn’t. And that’s okay! You will know when you have found the school for you.

Kendra’s favorite thing about USciences:

The manageable size of the campus. You’ll see familiar faces everywhere you go, and will be surprised by how quickly the faculty and staff remember your name. It’s pretty much impossible to get lost. The only downside is that you have no excuse to be late to class since everything is within a 5 minute walk!

Kendra’s favorite thing about Philadelphia:

How easy it is to get around. Philadelphia is a very walkable city, and the public transportation system is simple to navigate as well. You can load money onto a SEPTA pass and use it for the subways, buses, and trolleys. Trolley lines run directly through USciences’ campus, and you can get to Center City in about 10 minutes. I also love how centrally located Philly is. If you’re looking to get away for the weekend, we are just a short train ride away from New York City or D.C.



Aimee Viggiani

Director of Transfer, Professional and Graduate Admission

Call or text: 215-596-4039

Aimee reviews applications for the following students:

Transfer and Post-baccalaureate students applying to Physician Assistant, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy.

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!



Counselors for Traditional Graduate Programs (MS, PhD and Certificate Programs)



Sally Hillman Redman

Associate Director of Graduate Admission


Sally works with the following graduate programs:

Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Biomedical Writing, Chemistry, MBA in Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Business, Pharmaceutics, and Pharmacognosy.

Sally's advice for students applying to graduate school:

First, do your research on the different areas of study. For example, know the difference between a Ph. D. in Pharmaceutics and a Pharm. D. degree. Second, apply for the entry term when you really plan to start. Third, only apply to one graduate degree at USciences; our faculty appreciate a focused student!

Sally's favorite thing about USciences:

Our students! I am inspired by their passion for graduate studies. They want to make a difference in their field. They also are a wonderful community for each other. Our Graduate Student Organization (GSO) helps students in different graduate programs get to know each other and have fun together!

Sally's favorite things about Philadelphia:

Philadelphia has so much to offer! I love the restaurants, the theatres, and the neighborhoods. My husband and I have a subscription to the Walnut Street Theatre, which is said to be the oldest continuously operating theatre in the United States! Philadelphia is a city made up of fascinating neighborhoods; I love going to the farmer's market in University City, strolling through the numerous events in Rittenhouse Square, and sampling the food shops in the Italian Market.

Interesting fact about Sally:

Sally describes herself as “a higher education nomad.” She has attended, lived on, or worked for ten colleges, universities, and medical schools throughout the United States. The list includes locations in Pennsylvania, Texas, Delaware, North Carolina, Minnesota, and New Hampshire. She has been on college campuses since 1972!!

Fun fact about Sally:

She is passionate about body surfing and boogie boarding.



Justin Williams

Assistant Director of Graduate Admission


Justin works with the following graduate programs:

Brewing Science, Cancer Biology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biotechnology, Health Policy, Health Psychology, Pharmacology and Toxicology, and Pharmacy Administration

Justin's advice for students applying to graduate school:

If you are seeking a research degree, I recommend first viewing the program faculty page, where research specialties are provided. If you are seeking a professional degree like an MPH, for example, I suggest reviewing the curriculum to make sure your interests align with our focus. My second recommendation is to contact the program director and have a conversation about where your interests and our degree intersect; this will help to ensure you choose the right degree at USciences.

Justin's favorite thing about USciences:

The faculty. There is so much expertise here across such a wide variety of subjects that it is both an exciting and humbling experience to work amongst such respected individuals. Our faculty are industry experts, in many cases known internationally, and several hold patents for their work.

Justin's favorite things about Philadelphia:

Being a native Philadelphian, there is too much for me to list! But at the top of that list would definitely be the food! There are restaurants in nearly every style you can imagine, and many neighborhoods hold their own “restaurant week”, giving you an opportunity to both try something new and explore a new section of the city. And speaking of sections, the city is very walkable despite its size. I encourage you to explore to find your favorite neighborhood!

Interesting fact about Justin:

Not only is Justin from the Philadelphia area, he is also an alumnus of USciences, having graduated from the undergraduate Microbiology program. Very passionate about the University, he is continuing his studies in USciences' MBA in Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Business program.

Fun fact about Justin:

Justin goes cycling on Philadelphia's many bike trails every weekend.


Admission Office 
Griffith Hall, Room 130
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495