Pre-Professional Advising


Helping you build the education and skills needed for your future.

The Office of Pre-Professional Advising and Fellowships (OPPAF) provides support and individual advising for current students and recent graduates who are seeking admission to professional school beyond Adelphi in the areas of medicine, dentistry, optometry, physical therapy and other health professions, as well as as law, environmental studies and engineering.

A strong liberal arts and sciences education is the best preparation for professional careers, including law and medicine. Students contemplating or planning to pursue careers in law and health professions can receive guidance from pre-professional councils established for this purpose. Please refer to the section for Pre-Professional Preparation, as well as your major area of study.

Our dedicated and knowledgeable faculty advisers strive to help you:

  • Gain a deeper appreciation of your professional interests
  • Identify your strengths and talents
  • Prepare for professional school entrance exams
  • Develop your interview and writing skills
  • Strengthen your problem-solving skills
  • Become a candidate for national fellowships and scholarships

In addition, our office can assist you in the application process for fellowships that require institutional support. OPPAF can provide information and assistance on locating funding opportunities for your post-Adelphi study.

Browse these sites for helpful information on scholarships and fellowships: 

Students interested in learning more about these fellowships should inquire at OPPAF and seek out information, meetings and campus mailings. It is critical that you comply with all deadlines.

Pre-Health Professions and Law Advising
OPPAF provides information on application procedures and standardized tests, as well as access to catalogs, guidebooks and more. Students who seek our help receive individualized advising and guidance, as well as support and assistance during the application process. Early consultation is advised.

Joint Degree/Early Assurance Programs
These programs allow students to combine an undergraduate liberal arts and sciences education at Adelphi with specialized or advanced study at a partnering university, earning degrees from both Adelphi and the partnering school. Most applicants to these joint degree/early assurance programs are high school seniors, but with careful planning and advisement these programs may also be open to transfer and current Adelphi students.

Joint degree programs include:

New York University College of Dentistry (NYUCD)
3-4 Early Assurance Program

Columbia University
3-2 B.A./B.S. or 4-2 B.A./B.S. Combined Plan
4.2 B.S./M.S. Degree Program

Environmental Studies
Columbia University
3-2 B.A./B.S. Combined Plan
4-2 B.A./M.S. Combined Plan

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
4-4 Preferred Admission Program

SUNY College of Optometry
3-4 B.S. Joint Degree Program

Physical Therapy
New York Institute of Technology
4.3 Early Decision Program

New YorkMedical College
4-3 B.S./D.P.T. Joint Degree Program

New York College of Podiatric Medicine
3-4 B.S./D.P.M. Early Assurance Program

If you have any questions or comments about this page, please contact:

Robert Schwartz
Office of Pre-Professional Advising and Fellowships
Levermore Hall
One South Avenue
P.O. Box 701
Garden City, NY 11530-0701

p – 516.877.3140
f – 516.877.3141
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