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From bio-chemistry to wetlands conservation, the best and brightest SVSU graduates – many of them participants in Programs of Distinction -- are earning graduate degrees at top universities and helping to shape the world of tomorrow. 

Many have leveraged their successful undergraduate experiences, both inside and outside the classroom, to earn academic honors and scholarships accelerating their professional and academic careers.  Additionally, these students share that their ability to work closely with faculty who know them personally gives them competitive edges that include impressive letters of recommendation as well as evidence of research, presentation and scholarly authorship.

“I am looking at my options and ready for more…. Considering a Professional or Graduate Career Path

Whether mentoring students in the design studio or chemistry lab, SVSU faculty and staff prepare students for successful graduate careers through rigorous coursework and one-on-one research, making them competitors for entrance to the nation’s top professional and graduate schools.  Specialized faculty advisers in fields ranging from pre-law to pre-medicine provide support for students seeking to prepare the strongest graduate applications.

Please visit the following faculty advisers to three of SVSU's pre-professional organizations:
Pre-Law Lee Trepanier, Professor of Political Science GH 220   989.964.4366 Pre-Law website E-Mail Dr. Trepanier
Pre-Health Professions Heidi Lang, Pre-Health Professions Advisor SW 261 989.964.2043 Pre-Health Professions website E-Mail Heidi Lang
Pre-Physical Therapy

Michelle Knous, Clinical Coordinator
Dept. of Kinesiology  

HHS 215 989.964.4590 Pre-Physical Therapy website E-Mail Michelle Knous

“I am prepared” - Successfully Meeting the Demands of Graduate Tests

Standardized tests have offered the most successful SVSU students the opportunity to demonstrate the breadth and depth of their undergraduate knowledge.  Information on the major professional exams can be found below:

Law School Admission Council (LSAC)

Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)

Educational Testing Center (GRE)

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)


“I am able to compete” Graduate Scholarship Opportunities

The commitment to graduate or professional study is one that SVSU alumni have embraced with the help of local, regional, and national scholarships.  From the William Jefferson Clinton scholarship to NCAA Post-Graduate scholarships, SVSU alumni have won prestigious awards marking them as true competitors in top graduate and professional schools.


Significant scholarship opportunities that may be of interest to advanced students are listed below.  Students are encouraged to meet with either Janet Rentsch in the Office of Sponsored Programs, Zahnow Library 228, 964-7120 or Josh Ode in the Office of Academic Affairs, Wickes 338, 964-7331,  if they are interested in these opportunities.

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Meet Heidi Lang

Contact Us
(989) 964-7320(989) 964-7320


Brian Thomas, Director


Wickes Hall 230H


8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.