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Our experienced staff is here to answer your questions about the GSAL bridge program and help you move forward on this important educational and career journey. Whether you are looking to boost your grad application, change careers, or upskill for more opportunities, you will find the support you need in a prestigious university environment that offers connection with faculty, research exploration, networking, and a UChicago transcript with grades and credits for future academic or professional opportunities. For more information on how to get started, please email our admissions team at or fill out our request form to have someone reach out to you.

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Ali Case, Associate Director of Recruitment

Alexandra Case, MS

Associate Director of Recruitment

Alexandra Case, Associate Director of Recruitment, has over fifteen years of recruitment, admission, and marketing experience. She started her career in higher education at the New York Institute of Technology as Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admission, then served seven years at Illinois Tech...

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Esther Pandian-Riske, GSAL Program Director

Esther Pandian-Riske, MA, MAPSS

Program Director, Graduate Student-at-Large

Esther Pandian-Riske is the Program Director of the Graduate Student-at-Large Program. Originally from Singapore, she came to Chicago as an international student and has two Master’s degrees from the University of Chicago: a MAPSS from the Graduate Division of the Social Sciences and an MPP from the...

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Marla Privitera, GSAL Program Advisor

Marla Privitera, MS

Program Advisor, Graduate Student-at-Large

Marla Privitera is the Program Advisor for the Graduate Student-at-Large Program. She hails from Fredonia, NY though has lived in many different places, including a few in Central America, and is happily residing again in the Chicago-land area. She was previously the Assistant Director of Bridge and...

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