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We are here to support you throughout the process of planning and preparing for professional and graduate school.

Pre-Professional & Graduate School Advisement

Let us help as you prepare for your eventual application to graduate, law, medical or another health professional school. Whether it is making sure you are taking the appropriate courses, want to figure out how to fit study abroad into your college career, or are looking for undergraduate research opportunities, we can discuss your options and direct you to the appropriate resources. You have unlimited opportunities at UofSC and we can help guide you through the sea of information.

Schedule an one-on-one appointment with one of the advisors.

Eileen Korpita

Pre-Med/Pre-Health Advisor
Virtual appointments available
Monday - Friday   |   8:30am-6:00pm
Email: eileenk@email.sc.edu

Mark Brown, JD

Pre-Law & Graduate School Advisor
Virtual & in-person appointments available
Monday - Friday   |   8:30am-5:00pm
Email: brownms@mailbox.sc.edu

Exposure to your intended profession is especially important for all health care professions, and we offer the MedView shadowing program as a great way to get connected. For more shadowing opportunities, go to Prisma Health's Workforce Development office.

When it comes time for you to start applying to professional school, our office will guide you through the process. With some of the instruction manuals for applications being over 100 pages, it will be nice for you to get answers to typical questions with a simple email or phone call to the OPPA.

Many applicants do not know what to include in a personal statement or do not know how to get started.  If you need help determining a good statement topic, complete the Personal Statement Reflection Questions, gather your resume, and schedule an appointment with an advisor. Through questions and reflection, you will likely leave with several ideas. 

 If your professional school requires a personal interview, it is wise to prepare well in advance. A mock interview provided by one of our advisors will help identify your strengths and weaknesses in interviewing. We also have many resources to help you through this sometimes anxiety-provoking time. To schedule a mock interview email Eileen Korpita.

Interested in exploring graduate schools beyond one of our pre-professional tracks?

We can help you decide if an advanced degree is the right choice for you. We also offer tools for research and self-analysis as well as all the services listed above.

Take these steps to get started:

  1. Make an appointment with Mark Brown, graduate school advisor, to talk about your choices.
  2. Review our graduate school tip sheet.
    Preparing for Graduate School »
  3. Research career fields, graduate school information and financial aid resources.
  4. Practice online for a graduate school interview using Big Interview or schedule a mock interview.

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