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Meet the Team

We welcome anyone interested in NYUSPS to contact our Admissions team so we can get you started on the next steps of your academic journey. We gladly schedule appointments Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Please contact us by phone or email to schedule your appointment.

Phone: 212-998-7100

Graduate Admissions:

Undergraduate Admissions:


Cynthia Pérez

Director of Admissions

Linda Nicholas

Associate Director of Admissions and Financial Aid

Darlene Passarelle

Assistant Director of Admissions

Sarah Arikian-Coe

Sarah’s eclectic background fits right in with the mission of NYU SPS. After years of working in the performing arts, she transitioned to a career in higher education. As a graduate of NYU, it was a natural fit for Sarah to rejoin the university family, and she is dedicated to helping prospective students fulfill their goals. When she’s not at NYU, Sarah loves performing improv, watching independent films, and living in Brooklyn.

Ashley Sinha

Born and raised on Long Island, NY, Ashley's strong passion for cross-cultural education led her to obtain a Master's degree from NYU Steinhardt in International Education. After working several years in study abroad, her passion for working with diverse communities led her to the students at NYU SPS. Ashley loves the unique programs that NYU SPS offers, a well as helping students achieve their educational and professional goals. Outside of the office, she can be found exploring museums, playing board games and traveling!


Alicia Houser

An an NYU alumnae, Alicia is proud to help others in their journey to graduate studies. In her free time, she enjoys watching her favorite YouTube channels and doing yoga.

Austin Simon

Austin is a graduate of Ohio State University's Higher Education and Student Affairs Program with experience working in New Student Programs, Student Affairs Assessment, and on-campus Sustainability initiatives. He enjoys working with prospective SPS students to help them create their own path to academic success. When Austin is not at NYU, you can find him at Citi Field, Terminal 5, or Xi'an Famous Foods. 

Sherril Walker-Ward

Sherril is as passionate about helping applicants through the admissions process as she is about knitting and spending time with her family.

Jia Wen Zhu

Jia Wen received her bachelor's degree in communication from the State University of New York at Geneseo and her master's degree in higher education administration from the George Washington University. Outside of work Jia Wen enjoys reading, watching Disney and MCU movies, and spending time with her friends and family.