Pre-Graduate

Pre-Graduate

Apply to Serve as a Pre-Grad Advisor!

Are you interested in sharing your experiences of applying to graduate school? Do you wish you had access to a knowledgeable resource during your own application process? If so, the Pre-Graduate Educational Advising Program (PGEAP) is your chance to share your valuable insights with undergraduate students interested in attending graduate school. As a volunteer you will gain unique advising, mentoring, and administrative experience that will enhance your professional development. 

Pre-Grad Advisors generally hold one bi-weekly office hour during the school year where they mentor undergraduates by answering questions concerning the graduate school application process, the GRE, letters of recommendation, and a variety of other topics related to the future of their education. In addition, advisors actively engage in student outreach and promoting the program’s resources. Volunteers should expect to spend less than 15 hours per semester total participating in PGEAP office hours and events.  They do not receive any monetary or other compensation.

The application deadline is June 21st.  Please note that to be chosen to interview as a potential Pre-Grad Advisor, you must be able to schedule one on-campus interview between July 20th and July 26th and you must be able to attend the all-day orientation on August 17.

If you are interested in applying, please fill out the Google form at this link.  If you have any questions, please contact Dr. William Taylor at zoso@email.unc.edu.

2017-2018 Hours

We have varying hours during the summer you can check on Handshake.  See below for instructions on making an appointment.

Join our Listserv(s)

For information on graduate programs, their campus visits, and related events, join one or more of our listservs with your UNC email address:

  • For research-focused programs in STEM areas, click this link.
  • For research-focused programs in the social sciences, click this link.
  • For research-focused programs in the arts & humanities, click this link.
  • For professional programs (generally masters programs that are focused on preparation for a professional field rather than for research), click this link.

Program Description

The Pre-Graduate Education Advising Program advises undergraduate students considering a graduate degree in the sciences, humanities, social sciences and some professional arenas. We help clarify the differences in gaining and utilizing a Doctoral vs. a Master's degree and what opportunities a terminal degree may offer.  The Program is primarily responsible for helping students understand what their next steps are in researching and applying to graduate programs, so that they can move forward independently and effectively.  Our advisors are all current graduate students who can give undergraduates a firsthand sense of the graduate school experience.  Whatever year you are in and whatever stage of thinking about graduate school you may be at, we are here to help you.  We give basic information to the following kinds of questions:

  • How does graduate school differ from undergraduate education?
  • What are some of the advantages of seeking a graduate degree?
  • What are the different kinds of graduate degrees and programs?
  • How do I prepare for the graduate school application process?

Most frequently we help students with:

  • The application process in general
  • Researching and selecting graduate programs
  • The GRE and other admissions exams
  • Application essays
  • Letters of recommendation and building relationships with faculty
  • Gap years
  • Understanding and researching funding options

For students considering graduate programs in law or health-related fields, please follow these links for Pre-Health and Pre-Law Advising.  Unfortunately, their is currently no Pre-Health Advisor at UNC.  Though we are happy to help you explore the process of applying to graduate and professional fields, we cannot provide detailed information on pre-requisites (or substitutions, etc.) for Pre-Health fields or their sequencing alongside your degree requirements.  If you are unsure whether a program you are considering falls under Pre-Health Advising, please consult the list at this link.  UNC does have an experienced and knowledgeable Pre-Law Advisor, happy to help students explore and apply for law school.

While we are happy to help you understand the role that personal statements and resumes play in an application, for assistance with writing your personal statement, you will also want to visit the Writing Center, and for help writing your resume, please visit Career Services.

Please contact Dr. Taylor if you have any questions.

Schedule an Appointment

Each of our advisors is a current graduate student trained to help you find answers to almost any question you may have about graduate study.  Please be aware, however, that the advisor you see may not have expert knowledge of the specific graduate program(s) you may be considering, as there are hundreds of different kinds of graduate programs.

There are many aspects of graduate study that are true across all fields, and our advisors can help you understand them.  Our advisors can also help you identify the specific people who can answer very specialized questions about the field(s) you are considering and the other specific resources you need.  Researching graduate school can be a long process, and we are here to help you map that process out.

To schedule an appointment online, please follow this link and, once logged in, click on "Appointments" in the menu on the left, then click on "Schedule a New Appointment." Scroll down to "Graduate School Preparation/Application," then select the next convenient time for you.   You may also call 919-962-6507 or send an email to ucs@unc.edu and request an appointment with Pre-Grad Advising.

At the time of your appointment, please come to the second floor of Hanes Hall and check in at the main desk.

Drop-ins are always accommodated when possible!

General Resources for Identifying Programs to Research:

GRE (Practice Materials are of Varying Quality):

International Graduate Study:

Related Resources at UNC: