Admission Counselors for High School Students
We work hard to be the most-accessible admissions team there is. Find your admissions counselor to ask about the college application process, how you can pursue what you love at FDU, and what to look forward to as a future FDU Knight or Devil. We’ll provide you with the information you need to confidently navigate one of the most important decisions in your life!
Territory: Morris County (NJ), Hunterdon County (NJ), and Warren County (NJ)
Favorite Place on Campus: The World Peace Sculpture in front of Robison Hall. It reminds me to stop, take a moment to myself, and inspires me to always try to do better!
Personal Fun Fact: I’m obsessed with podcasts about music and politics. During my free time on campus, I’ll put my earbuds in and go for a walk by the river and catch up with all of my favorite podcasts!
Territory: Burlington, Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester, Mercer, Salem Counties (NJ)
Favorite Place on Campus: The Monninger Center is my favorite place on campus. Not only is it the most environmentally friendly building on the Florham campus, but it also houses the library and the “fishbowl”. As an avid reader and writer, I love the fact that I can go to one place for a good book and scenic views of campus for writing inspiration.
Personal Fun Fact: I love being outdoors and enjoy playing sports, hiking, and walking my dog during my free time.
Territory: Passaic County (NJ) and Sussex County (NJ)
Favorite Place on Campus: Dickinson Hall is my favorite because it is within walking distance of the Hackensack River, which has beautiful scenery.
Personal Fun Fact: I am a Diehard Atlanta Falcons Fan! My favorite Atlanta Falcons players of all time are Michael Vick and Julio Jones.
Kirsty Nicole Bocado
Territory: Long Island (NY), Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont
Favorite Place on Campus: Frank Giovatto Library. It’s a comfortable setting (not too big/not too small) with lots of different furniture, cool artwork, charging stations, and more. My favorite place to be is inside or next to the Reference Reading Room where I can peer out the floor-to-ceiling windows with natural sunlight coming through.
Personal Fun Fact: I love to participate in these passions in my personal time: practicing my instruments (piano, violin, trombone, guitar), freestyle/Hip-Hop/street dancing, rock climbing, running, playing tennis. Chat with Kirsty Nicole
Territory: Bergen County (NJ) and Richmond County (NY)
Favorite Place on Campus: The newly renovated footbridge. There are benches and tables on the bridge that allow you to do some work with a view of the Hackensack River.
Personal Fun Fact: I am a diehard New York Yankees fan and I try to go to as many games as possible during the season. Being so close to New York City, I usually get the chance to go to about 20 games a year! My all-time favorite player is Bernie Williams.
Territory: Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia
Favorite Place on Campus: The fountains behind Hennessy Hall (The Mansion) on the Florham Campus and the footbridge on Metro Campus over the Hackensack River. Both places are calming and relaxing and I like to hear water around me.
Personal Fun Fact: My favorite animal is the Turtle. The reason I enjoy turtles so much is that they are the only animal that people think are slow and mellow when that’s so not the case.
Territory: Essex County (NJ), Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF)
Favorite Place on Campus: The Footbridge connecting Teaneck to Hackensack is a great place to not only study but to enjoy the view of the sunset with friends. When summer and spring comes around the flowers bloom and the bridge becomes a great location to take pictures and enjoy great conversations.
Personal Fun Fact: I love trying new foods and traveling. Learning a bit of different languages is on my bucket list.
Territory: Middlesex and Somerset Counties (NJ)
Favorite Place on Campus: The tables right outside the Zen Building. I love taking a seat and looking at the open campus and the amazing scenery FDU has to offer. I find it very peaceful and relaxing.
Personal Fun Fact: Some of my interests include theater, fitness, and trying out new restaurants and foods!
Territory: Ocean, Monmouth, Atlantic, Cape May Counties (NJ)
Favorite Place on Campus: Along the front of Hennessy Hall (The Mansion). It is the perfect place to take a walk or to sit and relax.
Personal Fun Fact: I love animals! I volunteer at my local animal shelter and have fostered and found forever homes for 14 dogs! I also have 4 guinea pigs!
Territory: Upstate New York (Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Orange, Dutchess), and Boroughs of New York (Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens counties)
Favorite Place on Campus: My favorite spot on campus is the swings over by Riverside Café. You get to enjoy the river and get a beautiful view of sunsets on campus.
Personal Fun Fact: I am a recent graduate from FDU and my favorite thing to do was go to basketball and baseball games.
Admission Counselors Transfer and High School Students
Danielle Balsamo, Ed.D.
Territory: Union County (NJ), Transfer Counselor for Florham Campus
Favorite Place on Campus: Walking up Mansion Mall towards Hennessy Hall. I love imagining what it must have looked like in its heyday with horse-drawn carriages arriving.
Personal Fun Fact: Traveling is my favorite pastime. I love learning new languages, exploring new cultures, and immersing myself in each new place’s history.
Territory: Hudson County (NJ), Transfer Counselor for Metropolitan Campus
Favorite Place on Campus: The Rothman Center. I’m a huge sports fan, and I always love to support all of our Division I athletic teams on the Metropolitan Campus. My favorite sports teams to watch are the basketball and volleyball teams!
Personal Fun Fact: I’m a big movie nerd! If I had to pick my favorite type of movie I would say thrillers, but really it depends on the mood I’m in. Please don’t ask me about my favorite movie because it is a very hard question to answer.
Latino Students Nationwide
FDU Hispanic Center – Latino Promise and HACER
Favorite Place on Campus: My Latino Promise Office.
Personal Fun Fact: I change student’s names all the time.
University Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Favorite Place on Campus: My favorite spots are the footbridge at the Metropolitan Campus and the Mansion at the Florham Campus. They are two of the most picturesque places our New Jersey campuses have to offer!
Personal Fun Fact: I love to travel! A bucket list item for me is to visit all of the continents in the world- so far, I have been to 4 out of the 7!
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