Admission & Financial Aid
MMC Admissions Staff
||For Incoming Transfer Students
Dean of Admission
With over 15 years of experience in college admissions, Jim joined
Marymount Manhattan College in 2005 as Dean of Admission. Originally
from Washington, DC, he relocated to Tampa, FL where he received his
B.A. in Marketing from The University of South Florida and a M.B.A.
From The University of Tampa. He was drawn to the excitement and
limitless opportunities of New York City and to Marymount Manhattan for
its focus on the student as an individual. Dean Rogers is responsible
for the marketing, advertising, recruitment, and admission of qualified
students to the College.
"There is a perfect college for every student. My advice is
to do your research, make a list of things that make you happy. Do you
want to be in a city or in the suburbs, do you want a big or small
school, do you need individual attention, what do you envision as the
ideal student environment? These are just a few of the questions to
ask. My staff and I are eager to help you learn if MMC is what you
envision. I encourage you to visit and let us answer your questions and
only then will you know if Marymount Manhattan College is the perfect
college for you."
Assistant Director of Admission
Lisa Velez joined MMC in 1994 as a student in the Higher Education
Opportunity Program (HEOP). She attended classes part-time and worked
in the Office of Admission full-time while completing a B.A. in
Psychology. She refers to her experience at MMC as an amazing
opportunity. Lisa has now worked in the Office of Admission for over 13
years and is committed to the success of the students and making each
of their experiences as fulfilling as possible. Lisa coordinates and
plans of all Admissions related events. In addition, she is responsible
for many of the operations related processes on a day-to-day basis.
"Take your time and consider all options when deciding on the
college that will provide you with an experience for a lifetime. Having
been a Marymount Manhattan student, I guarantee that if you choose MMC,
you won't regret it."
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Director of International Admission & Student Services
Orteg Dakaj joined the Admission team at Marymount Manhattan in 2009 as
Director of International Recruitment & Multicultural programs.
He relocated to New York from Wichita, Kansas to join Marymount. A
professional international educator, Orteg has travelled to over 40
countries, across five continents, and is responsible for broadening
the scope of international recruitment and campus internationalization
efforts to better serve the MMC student community. He also coordinates
the college's International Student Orientation and multi-cultural
"Each year over half a million students visit the United
States to study. In today's ever expanding global environment, higher
learning at an institution as diverse as Marymount Manhattan – located
in the world's financial capital – is designed to provide international
students with a solid foundation for worldwide career success and
professional accomplishment. Please allow us to assist you in turning
your dream of an American education into an attainable reality!"
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Troy L. Cogburn
Assistant Director of Transfer Admission
Troy joined the Marymount Admission team in 2008. Originally from
Pelham, New York, Troy graduated from The University of Tampa in 2006
with a B.A. in Performing Arts. While there, Troy worked in the Office
of Admissions for four years, as well as one year with the office of
residence life. Troy sits on the executive board of the New York State
Transfer Articulation Association and also serves as co-chair for the
downstate region. He is the advisor to current transfer students at
MMC, and the admission liaison to the Bedford Hills College Program.
"You will know when you find the right college. Give yourself
time to explore the options out there before making your decision. Ask
questions. Talk to professors, students, and administrators. Make sure
that, in choosing a college, you truly believe that you are about to
embark on a journey that will impact your life in a positive way for
years and years to come."
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Enthusiastic and committed to being part of the Marymount Manhattan College team, Sandra embarks on her newest journey in Admission while pursuing a career in Higher Education. In May 2011, she received her B.A. in Communication Studies at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA. Sandra remained in Pennsylvania after graduating to work as an AmeriCorps member where she recruited student volunteers for community outreach events at Juniata College. Pleased to return to her home state of New York, she already finds herself working amongst supportive, professional and amiable co-workers. Sandra is certainly anticipating her admission travels within New York City and meeting several prospective students who may join the flavorful Marymount mix.
"Several may advise that college is ‘what you make of it.' I've concluded that Marymount Manhattan College is for the making, rather. A student from MMC is transformed, molded, made—whatever the term—in order to apply and experience the vast array of opportunities and studies at our liberal arts institution."
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Alexandra joined the Admission Staff at Marymount Manhattan College in 2012. She graduated in 2011 from Quinnipiac University with a B.A. in Public Relations. During her time at Quinnipiac she worked as a Student Ambassador in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions providing prospective students and families with campus tours. She also held several leadership roles throughout her college career including Vice President of Public Relations; Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity and intern to the Associate Vice President of Public Relations. Alexandra is excited to join the admissions team at Marymount Manhattan College, as she believes that a foundation in liberal arts helps foster long term success.
"Your college experience extends far beyond the classroom. When choosing a college consider the extracurricular activities that they offer as well. Be sure to get involved in as many of the opportunities your college has to offer, as they will help you grow as an individual and meet new people."
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Transfer Admission Counselor
Jaclyn joined the Admissions Staff at Marymount Manhattan College in
2011. Born and raised in New Jersey, she is thrilled to return to the
tri-state area after completing her B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy
at Hartwick College and her M.S. in Student Affairs Counseling at
Syracuse University. While in upstate New York, Jaclyn worked in
admissions, residence life and as an academic counselor at local
community development programs. She is excited to work with students
and families at Marymount Manhattan, as she values the strength of a
small college community coupled with the vast opportunities a liberal
arts education provides.
"Finding the perfect fit in a college can be an exciting and
overwhelming process. Do your research by visiting campuses, reaching
out to academic departments, learning about campus life and reaching
out to your supports. Be active in your search process and you'll be on
the right path to success."
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Senior Admission Counselor
Paul joined the Admission Staff at Marymount Manhattan College in 2011.
He graduated in 2010 with a B.S. in Marketing from the State University
of New York at New Paltz. While at New Paltz, Paul worked in the Office
of Undergraduate Admission as a Student Ambassador, giving tours of the
campus to potential students and their families. He also took on other
various leadership roles including serving as a Resident Assistant and
Freshman Orientation Leader. Paul was drawn to Marymount Manhattan
College for it's ability to provide students with a small community
feel, while still allowing them to take advantage of all the
opportunities that New York City has to offer.
"Be sure to take your time and find a school that fulfills
your individual needs. The best way to narrow down your top choices is
to schedule a visit and experience them first hand. This is the single
greatest way to ensure a good fit."
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Chris joined the Marymount Manhattan College community in 2011 when he began working in the Center for Student Services. After more than a year of being with the college, he decided to bring his experience and his personality to the Office of Admission. Originally growing up on Long Island, Chris graduated from the State University of New York at New Paltz with a B.A. in English and a minor in Theatre Arts. It was there that he became heavily involved in Higher Education, working for Admissions, Residence Life, Student Development, and Student Affairs. Chris is constantly inspired by the driven, focused, and talented students that are here at Marymount.
"Finding the perfect college for you is like wearing the perfect shoe—you know when it fits. The excitement and the anxiety are well-worth it when you find the college of your dreams. Remember that so much of your education comes from your experiences outside of the classroom, too! The things you learn while in college will change you for a lifetime."
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Sarah joined the Admission team at Marymount Manhattan College in 2012. She earned a B.A. in English and a minor in Art History from Union College in Schenectady, New York. While at Union, Sarah served as a Gatekeeper tour guide for four years and as the alumni admissions intern during her senior year. Sarah also interned in the admissions office at Sarah Lawrence College in the summer of 2011. Although she is originally from Los Angeles, Sarah is thrilled to be in NYC and feels lucky to be part of the MMC community. She is a strong advocate for a liberal arts education and has found Marymount Manhattan College to be a welcoming and vibrant community.
"College is a match to be made not a prize to be won." My high school guidance counselor had this quote taped to her door when I was applying to college and I thought it was great advice. It is easy to feel overwhelmed by the college admissions process. Try to maximize this time as a chance to hone in on your interests, discover your passions, and find a school where you can thrive and be yourself. I encourage you to visit our campus and see for yourself what MMC is all about. We hope to see you in Manhattan soon!
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Customer Service Specialist
Dolly joined the Admission team at Marymount Manhattan College in 2012 after relocating from Boston, MA. She earned her B.A. in History and a concentration in American Sign Language & Deaf Studies and Asian Studies from the College of the Holy Cross. While at Holy Cross, she worked extensively with the Admission Office as a student tour guide, and the Office of Student Development as the Student Coordinator for freshmen orientation. Dolly was drawn to Marymount Manhattan College because of its strong liberal arts foundation, and the small community feel it offers while being in one of the largest metropolitan cities. Dolly's responsibilities include overseeing the front desk of the office while being the first point of contact for prospective students and their families. She also works with the student assistants and assists with the day-to-day operations in the office.
"The college process is an exciting and overwhelming experience. Be sure to take the time to really get a feel of each school you visit –whether it is through campus visits, sitting in a class or meeting with staff and faculty members. If you can picture yourself growing and learning at the college for the next four year, then you will know it is the right fit."
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Coordinator of Admission Support Operations
Dionne Cooney became a member of the admissions team in 2007. With
years of experience from LaGuardia Community College she became
Coordinator of Admission Support Operations at Marymount Manhattan
College. Dionne, with 17 years of experience, was built to work in
higher education and her passion for this job is amazing. Some of her
many responsibilities are to oversee data entries clerks and she is
also a liaison for many departments. Dionne is very thankful for her
change of scenery and is happy to be part of the MMC community.
"Don't let anyone tell you you're not capable of making it."
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Senior Data Associate
Amanda Garay is a 2006 graduate of Marymount Manhattan College. She
holds a B.A. degree in Humanities and was a member of the Higher
Educational Opportunity Program (HEOP). She worked as a student worker
throughout her four years at MMC and has since secured a full-time
position in the Office of Admission. Amanda's responsibilities include
the processing and maintenance of all admission related documents and
records. She also acts as a liaison between the operations side of
admission and key departments around the College. She is grateful for
all her experiences and opportunities offered to her both as a student
and later as a staff member.
"Imagine your ideal college experience because every student
is different and has different expectations of what they want out of a
college. Marymount Manhattan is where a student can receive individual
attention here on campus and still have the opportunity to enjoy the
culture of New York City and individual growth."
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Data Entry Clerk
Melissa Gonzallz joined Marymount Manhattan College in 2011 with the
focus and commitment necessary to aid the Admissions department during
their busiest seasons. Working as a Data Entry Clerk, Melissa
assists with the flood of prospective student records regularly
received by the Admissions team. After working for four years
in Social Services and equally in Data Entry, she was drawn to
Marymount's mission of nurturing the student's mind and promoting
growth. She is grateful to be a part of the collective effort
of Marymount Manhattan College to achieve this goal and looks forward
to helping students move along on their paths.
"All of us, especially the student, will sometimes doubt ourselves or
worry of failure in comparison to something or someone else. But two
things are always true. One, is that everyone has their own walk in
life, comparing only distracts from it. And the other is that there is
no failure, there are just many paths."
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