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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Admissions Officers

Theresa Abbott

Associate Director

kellyt4@rpi.edu
Area of Responsibility: Alaska, California (Northern), Colorado, Hawaii, Maine; Transfer

Favorite thing about Troy

I enjoy all of the outdoor activities that the Capital Region offers. The campus is less than an hour from three different mountain ranges, so hiking, camping, skiing, and snowboarding are all easily accessible. Closer to campus, I enjoy going for runs on the rail trail, kayaking at Grafton State Park, and picnicking at Peebles Island.

Jessica Berkowitz

Assistant Director

berkoj@rpi.edu
Area of Responsibility: New York (Central, Northern, Western), Texas

Favorite thing about Troy

Troy is a really cool place because there are so many shops and restaurants to try - there is something for everyone! One of my favorite things to do is go to the Farmers Market to support the local farms and businesses.

Hanif Cropper

Admissions Counselor

cropph@rpi.edu
Area of Responsibility: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, New York City (Brooklyn), Ohio, Oklahoma

Favorite thing about Troy

I spend most of my lunch breaks at I Love New York Pizza. I also enjoy Rockin‘ on the River during the summer time.

Ulysses deArmas

Associate Director

dearmu@rpi.edu
Area of Responsibility: Guam, Maryland, New York City (Staten Island, Bronx, Manhattan, Queens), Puerto Rico, Virginia, Washington D.C., West Virginia

Favorite thing about Troy

I am a season ticket holder for the Tri-City ValleyCats, the Houston Astros' single A affiliate baseball team.  The Saturday morning Farmers Market in downtown Troy is a great place to people watch, buy fresh produce, and sample delicious food from local restaurants.

Jim Driggs

Admissions Counselor

driggj@rpi.edu
Area of Responsibility: California (Southern), Connecticut, North Carolina, South Carolina

Favorite thing about Troy

Troy is a great small city! I love Manory’s for breakfast and Dinosaur BBQ for lunch and dinner. Tri-City ValleyCats baseball games are a great way to watch minor league baseball. I also love supporting our RPI sports teams!

Heather Hansen

Associate Director

hoffah@rpi.edu
Area of Responsibility: Massachusetts (Western & Central), New York (Capital District)

Favorite thing about Troy

Ali Baba Mediterranean restaurant – it's a short walk from campus, and the fresh-baked lavash with yogurt sauce is amazing! Slidin' Dirty is my downtown favorite. They have the best, most unique sliders and tacos, and it's a very cool atmosphere.

Melissa Johnson

Admissions Counselor

johnsm20@rpi.edu
Area of Responsibility: Delaware, New York (Rockland & Westchester Counties), Pennsylvania

Favorite thing about Troy

My favorite place in Troy is The Whistling Kettle. If you're looking for a cozy place with great food to go with friends, this is the place! Their crepes are the best and if you'd like, you can have a full-on English Afternoon Tea experience- tiered trays and all!

Arianna Livshits

Assistant Director

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Area of Responsibility: Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington

Favorite thing about Troy

Bespoki Bowl is my favorite restaurant in Downtown Troy! It originated in Troy Kitchen (a fancy food court down the street) and they now have their own store front on 4th Street. They are known for their "Build Your Own Poke Bowls," but also have other delicious options for those who do not eat raw fish.

Karen S. Long

Director, Undergraduate Admission

longks@rpi.edu
Area of Responsibility: Massachusetts (Greater Boston & Cape Cod)

Favorite thing about Troy

I love the variety of cultural activities and festivals offered throughout the year. From concerts in EMPAC and the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, to summer concerts along the Hudson River, the music scene in Troy is vibrant. Troy Night Out, Chowderfest, the Pig Out, and the Victorian Christmas Stroll are great annual events that bring the local community together.

Greg Marcoux

Assistant Director

marcog@rpi.edu
Area of Responsibility: Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont

Favorite thing about Troy

I love Troy because there is always something to do. There are many great restaurants to visit in downtown – Brown’s, Dinosaur BBQ, or Slidin’ Dirty, just to name a few. There is also the Farmers Market, which is always great to get some local food and produce. Troy is in a great location as well, being 10 minutes from Albany and 3 hours from Boston, NYC, and Montreal. Whether it is one of the great restaurants, events downtown, or a quick trip to a larger city, there is always something to do!

Alexandria Pizzola

Admissions Counselor

pizzoa@rpi.edu
Area of Responsibility: Idaho, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New York (Long Island), North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Favorite thing about Troy

From the top floors of the Troy Public Library to the fabulous cafes to the vibrant street art, Troy offers so much to explore and experience. One of my personal favorites is the Front Parlor Series, a monthly event where amateur and veteran storytellers share true stories based on a common theme.

Nicholas Rosato

Associate Director; Director of Transfer Admission

rosatn@rpi.edu
Area of Responsibility: New York (Central Hudson Valley & Catskills), International (excluding China & India); Transfer

Favorite thing about Troy

Troy Night Out – a monthly arts and cultural event held the last Friday of every month in downtown Troy. It’s a great opportunity to check out the local, unique shops, art galleries, musicians, and restaurants.

Hannah Simms

Admissions Counselor

simmsh2@rpi.edu
Area of Responsibility: New Jersey

Favorite thing about Troy

I absolutely love Troy Night Out. On the last Friday of every month, all of the restaurants, shops, and art galleries in downtown Troy stay open late for a community-wide night out on the town. I’m especially a fan of all of the scrumptious food options! My current favorites are Sunhee’s Farm Kitchen (Korean) and Lucky Corner (Taiwanese).

Megan Whalen

Assistant Director; Director of International Recruitment

doppm@rpi.edu
Area of Responsibility: Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, International (China & India)

Favorite thing about Troy

Troy offers a wide variety of unique activities, experiences, restaurants, and shops. Concerts at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall and the Troy Waterfront Farmers Market are two of my favorites. My new favorite lunch spot downtown is K-Plate Korean BBQ- always fast and delicious!