Office of Pre-Professional Advising and Fellowships

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. The Office of Pre-Professional Advising and Fellowships 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 the Office of Pre-Professional Advising and Fellowships and seek out information, meetings and campus mailings. It is critical that you comply with all deadlines.

Pre-Health Professions and Law Advising

The Office of Pre-Professional Advising and Fellowships 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 Program

Environmental Studies

  • Columbia University Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering (DEEE), Henry Krumb School of Mines
    3-2 B.A./B.S. in Earth and Environmental Engineering or 4-2 B.A./M.S. in Earth Resources Engineering


  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
    4+4  Preferred Admissions Program
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
    3+4 Early Admissions Program


  • SUNY College of Optometry
    3/4 B.S. from Adelphi/Doctor of Optometry Program from SUNY

Physical Therapy

  • New York Medical College
    4/3 Early Assurance Program B.S./Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • New York Institute of Technology
    4/3 B.S./Doctorate


  • New York College of Podiatric Medicine
    3/4 B.S./DPM Early Assurance Program and Early Acceptance

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

Robert Schwartz
Office of Pre-Professional Advising and Fellowships
Levermore Hall, Room 303
p - 516.877.3140
f - 516.877.3141
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This page was last modified on April 26, 2013.
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