International Programs / International Admission

Meet the Admission staff




   


Dino Pruccoli Name: Dino Pruccoli
Title: Director
Email: dpruccol@depaul.edu
Phone: 312.362.5620
Hometown: Birmingham, MI
College Degrees:
-BA in International Area Studies from Michigan State University- East Lansing, MI
-MS in Marketing Communications from Illinois Institute of Technology- Chicago, IL

My recruitment areas: Europe, Africa and the Middle East

What has been the most rewarding part of working in international admission at DePaul University?
I know that students are nervous about applying to universities in the US. It's a different system with many moving parts. I enjoy helping students navigate the application process by improving internal processes and communication to quickly inform students of their admission status.

What piece of advice would you give an international student who is beginning the university search process?
When developing your list of universities to consider, remember the best university is the one that meets your academic, social and personal needs and interests. I think the most important criteria include quality of academic programs, location, costs and campus culture. This will help make editing your list to a manageable number of applications so you can continue to concentrate on your academic work.

What is your favorite thing about living in the city of Chicago?
Public Transportation! I don't have a car and love riding the bus or a train. It's environmentally friendly, affordable and makes going places a little more exciting. Most buses and trains that I use run 24 hours a day.

If an international student is curious but unsure about attending college in a city as large as Chicago, what would you tell them?
Explore Chicago's 77 distinct community areas and diverse neighborhoods and find the one that fits you best. Other than attending class, doing homework and possibility work or internship, you're going to be spending most of your time in your neighborhood. Make sure you like it and feel comfortable living there.



   Antonia Creteanu

Name: Antonia Creteanu
Title: Associate Director, International Admission
Email: rcretean@depaul.edu
Phone: 312.362.6542
Hometown: Constanta, Romania
College Degrees:
-BA in Translation from University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania
-MA in Multicultural Communication from DePaul University, Chicago, IL

My recruitment areas: The Americas

What has been the most rewarding part of working in international admission at DePaul University?
Sharing my experience as a former international student to smooth out the path for the newly applying and enrolling international students.

What piece of advice would you give an international student who is beginning the university search process?
Three pieces of advice:
1. Start the search and application process early! You will get the best of everything (scholarships, orientation, housing, registration, etc.)
2. No two schools are alike! Do your homework about each school you are interested in, because majors, selectivity, application requirements, deadlines, tuition, scholarship processes, can be very different from school to school.
3. Go for the right fit! Just because a certain school is highly regarded does not necessarily mean it is a good fit for you. Make sure that you understand and like the geographical location.

What is your favorite thing about living in the city of Chicago?
First and foremost, the diversity. Chicago is a mini-universe - you can drive for half an hour and be in a different country altogether. This also means great food, great street festivals, great music, great fun all though the year. Secondly, Chicago is one of the most friendly big cities I have ever encountered - people are genuinely friendly, respectful, and helpful.

If an international student is curious but unsure about attending college in a city as large as Chicago, what would you tell them?
A big city like Chicago comes with a lot of perks: a big university network, great arts, sports, and entertainment, great opportunities for internships and jobs after graduation. Everybody has heard of Chicago - that means great name recognition wherever life takes you after graduation!