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Advising Staff

Carol Hagan, Ph.D.
Senior Associate Director
Pre-Medical Advisor; Pre-Graduate (Education, Business, Humanities & Social Sciences) Advisor

Caroline Wilky, Ph.D.
Associate Director
Pre-Medical Advisor; Pre-Dental Advisor; Pre-Graduate (Engineering, History, & Sciences) Advisor

Mia Carpiniello, J.D.
Associate Director
Pre-Law Advisor; Pre-Dental Advisor; Pre-Medical Advisor

Ariana Alexander, Ph.D.
Associate Director
Pre-Law Advisor; Pre-Medical Advisor

Ferrell Townsend, B.A.
Administrative Coordinator



Advisors are available to provide guidance and answer questions about the application process, course requirements (if applicable), resumes and admissions essays, developing a list of schools, and the other application components. Appointments should be scheduled in advance either online via Handshake, in person at Career Services, or via telephone at 215-898-1789. For alumni who live outside of the Philadelphia area, telephone appointments are available.

Admissions Essays and Resume Critiques
Advisors can critique your admissions essays and resumes for graduate and professional school applications. If you are having trouble developing the content of your essay or would like to discuss options in more detail, feel free to make an appointment with an advisor. Advisors can provide full critiques of each document per applicant in a given application cycle.

Graduate and Professional School Event Programming

Throughout the year, a full programming schedule for applying to graduate and professional school is sponsored by Career Services to provide students with relevant information on preparing for, and being successful in, the admissions process. Career Services also coordinates a variety of panels each semester focusing on specific graduate programs, in which admissions staff, faculty, and graduate students are often represented at these programs.

Information sessions and panel discussions by admissions representatives are held throughout the year, but primarily in the fall semester. This progoramming provides students with an opportunity to meet with admissions representatives and learn more about their particular programs and institutions.

Located directly across from the Reception area, the Career Services Library contains a variety of graduate and professional school resources. Reference materials on various graduate programs, standardized test preparation guides, as well as information about financial aid and essay writing are located in the graduate school section. In addition to our regular office hours (9am-5pm), Monday through Friday, the Library is open until 6pm (when classes are in session) a few days out of the week.


Hours & Location

Career Services is open from 9:00am-5:00pm, Monday through Friday. In addition, during the academic year, the Career Services Library remains open until 6:00pm, Monday through Wednesday.

Career Services is located in Suite 20 of the McNeil Building (3718 Locust Walk),which is located between 37th and 38th Streets, directly across from Vance Hall.


 Pre-Health Walk-In Hours:

  • Fridays (Starting 2/15/19): 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Pre-Law Walk-In Hours:

  • Tuesday, March 11 2019

    * Please note that these are scheduled hours during the academic year; they may vary during the summer and around holidays.
    * Unfortunately, we do not offer Pre-Grad Walk-In Hours. Feel free to call our office at 215.898.1789 and schedule an appointment.



    Visit Handshake and create an account using your Penn email address. To subscribe to a g simply select "Pre-Health," "Pre-Grad," Pre-Law," or "Pre-Business" in the CareerMail question in the Career Interests section of your Handshake profile. You can find this by clicking your name, then "Career Interests," and finally selecting the appropriate interest under the CareerMail communications section.