Meet the Admissions Team

For any student considering transferring to UM-Dearborn, an admissions representative is available to assist you every step of the way.

Niko Kanagawa

Niko likes being an admissions counselor because he enjoys seeing the light bulb flick on in the eyes of potential students when discussing their passions and future. It is extremely rewarding for Niko to be able to meet with students and assist them through the college search and selection process, and see them attend UM-Dearborn. 

He is a self-described "huge Transformers nerd!" In his free time, Niko enjoys spending time with his family, working out, traveling, and playing/watching sports (especially soccer, hockey, and lacrosse).

Niko holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Germanistik and International Studies from Albion College.

John Burklow

John likes being an admissions counselor because he knows how stressful the transition into a new university can be, and he likes to be able to help students and families start their new journey at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. He likes making this process as easy and stress free as possible and helping students in any way he can.

John is the Head Coach of a Competitive Speech Team at a local high school in the Dearborn area. He also likes horror movies, escape rooms, and reality competition shows.

John earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at Wayne State University where he majored in Public Relations with a minor in Journalism.

Lauryn Tidwell

Lauryn enjoys being a resource to students and families during an exciting time. Her undergraduate degree is in African American Studies and she holds a Graduate Certificate in Africology and African American Studies along with a graduate degree in Social Sciences. Lauryn completed both her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Eastern Michigan University as a commuter. In her free time, Lauryn enjoys listening to music, hanging with friends and discovering great food places (especially pizza and tacos).

Academic College Contacts

To learn more about admissions requirements specific to your major, all questions may be directed to the appointed faculty or staff member of your respective college.

College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters

Susanne Gassel
Director, Advising and Academic Success

College of Business

Cathy Boatin
Transfer Specialist and Assistant Director of Academic Advising  

College of Education, Health, and Human Services

Jonathan Larson
Assistant Director of Advising

College of Engineering and Computer Sciences

Lisa Remsing Hall
Director of Academic Services

Office of Undergraduate Admissions

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