About the Office of Pre-College Programs

For more than 60 years, Syracuse University Office of Pre-College Programs has been providing high school students with the opportunity to explore potential college majors and careers in its renowned pre-college programs. Students not only learn what it’s like to be a college student, but they leave the program feeling confident, enthusiastic and ready for college.

Get to Know Us

The Office of Pre-College Programs team is comprised of dedicated and caring professionals who are devoted to making all pre-college programs and courses run smoothly and effectively for students, faculty and staff. Year-round, programs are administered by the Office of Pre-College Programs staff with help from many offices and departments across the University.

Please don’t hesitate to call and leave a message at 315.443.5000 or e-mail us at precollege@syr.edu with any questions and/or concerns.

Chris Cofer, Executive Director of the Office of Pre-College Programs

Christopher Cofer, Executive Director

Cofer manages the overall direction of Office of Pre-College Programs in collaboration with leadership from Syracuse University schools and colleges. He also supervises course development, enrollment management, and marketing and recruitment.

Cofer has been working in the pre-college space for more than 25 years.  He specializes in working with faculty to create immersive, experiential and transformational courses. He joined Syracuse University in April 2007. Cofer was acknowledged as the 2018 New York ACT College and Career Readiness Postsecondary Champion for his dedication to assisting underrepresented and underserved students in navigating their future educational and professional career. He earned a bachelor’s degree in creative writing and American literature from Northern Arizona University in 1996, and a master’s degree in outdoor and environmental education from SUNY Cortland in 2002.

Christine Signy, Pre-College Program Specialist

Christine Signy, Assistant Director of Enrollment & Student Services

Christine’s responsibilities include application processing, enrollment management, and working with parents regarding student accounts. She also supports faculty with course development and delivery.

Originally from Portsmouth, England, Christine worked for Syracuse University Project Advance (SUPA) for 15 years before joining Summer College in April 2020. She graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in information management and technology with a minor in global enterprise from Syracuse University in 2015. In 2017, Christine earned a master’s degree in instructional design, development, and evaluation from Syracuse University. She is a member of the Syracuse Alumni board and the Hendrick Chapel Quilters.

Mallory Mitchell, Pre-College Program Specialist

Mallory joined the pre-college team in July 2022. Her responsibilities include student enrollment and communication with families.

Mallory graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Northeastern University with a Master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. After several years as a string music teacher, she transitioned to wellness and fitness coaching. Mallory continues to perform as a cellist in the Magnolia String Quartet.

Olivia Semsel, Pre-College Program Specialist

Olivia joined the pre-college team in November 2021. Her responsibilities include designing a variety of marketing content, updating and maintaining the website and admitting students into pre-college programs.

Olivia graduated from The Farmer School of Business at Miami University in 2019, with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing. While at Miami, Olivia worked on campus as an RA for several years, launching her love for working with students to improve their college experience. She also pursued her passion for the arts in college and continues to perform with local theatres in Syracuse.

Aprille Logan Pre-College Office Coordinator

Aprille Logan, Enrollment Management Coordinator

Aprille joined the Summer College team in March 2019. She responds to phone calls and email inquiries, processes applications and forms, and maintains internal databases.

Aprille graduated from SUNY Potsdam with a bachelor’s degree  in psychology. She was a UPK (Universal Prekindergarten) teacher and later the director of Childtime Children’s Center in Syracuse. Aprille currently runs a small health and wellness business in addition to working at Summer College.

Jordan Thomas, Office Coordinator

Jordan joined the pre-college team in June 2022. His responsibilities include responding to phone calls and email inquiries, assisting students and parents with completing all steps in the enrollment process, and managing the meetings and notes for the office.

Jordan was born in Columbus, OH, and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. Prior to moving to Syracuse, NY, to pursue his master’s degree, Jordan received his B.A., hons. in History from Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, PA.

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