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Graduate School Preparation Program

The Graduate School Preparation Program (GSPP) at Central State University equips students with the knowledge and skills they need to successfully enroll in graduate schools, including law school and medical school. Services are available to students beginning in their freshman year. The program offers one-on-one advising, preparation for the LSAT, MCAT, and other required testing, and the development of personal statements and resumes. Participants learn about the admissions process for law school, medical school, and other graduate programs and have opportunities to tour graduate schools.

Marauders have graduated from Central State to go on to prestigious schools such as Notre Dame Law School, Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law, Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Maurer School of Law at Indiana University BloomingtonPalmer College of Chiropractic, the University of Wisconsin Law School, St. Georges University School of MedicineMarquette University Law School, Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University, the University of Cincinnati College of Law, the University of Dayton School of Law, the University of Toledo College of Law, and the University of Akron School of Law.

Program representatives also accompany students on campus tours across the country, meeting with officials from collaborating schools to open doors for Marauders to make an even larger impact in their communities. Under the direction of Director Sidney Williams, the GSPP hosts annual events, including Constitution Day and meet-and-greets with Central State University alumni who are now attorneys and judges. 

New J.D. program with Akron Law

The University of Akron School of Law (Akron Law) and Central State University have announced a degree partnership to create a seamless, sequential system for students to obtain both a bachelor’s degree from Central State and a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Akron Law in just six years instead of the usual seven. The partnership, commonly referred to as a three plus three (3+3) degree program, offers an exceptional educational opportunity for qualifying students. Central State becomes the sixth college to have a 3+3 program with Akron Law and the first Historically Black College or University (HBCU) in Ohio to have a 3+3 partnership with any law school. Learn more


The GSPP is to increase the number of Central State University undergraduate students accepted into legal and health graduate school programs. This includes law school, medical school, and health-related graduate school programs in chiropractic medicine, physician assistance, exercise science, social work, psychology, accelerated nursing, and others.


  • Graduate school admission counseling                                            
  • Graduate school visits
  • On-campus graduate school visits
  • Personal development workshops
  • Graduate school selection assistance
  • Academic resume assistance
  • Personal statement assistance
  • Academic summer program assistance
  • Hidden obstacles to graduate school acceptance

The Graduate School Preparation Program is funded by Title III.

Central State University students pose for a group photo with presenters from Advocate Health Care Aurora Health on a trip to Chicago to learn about healthcare careers as part of the Graduate School Preparation Program

Apply for GSPP

From freshmen year on, Marauders who want to continue their education after graduation have the opportunity to prepare for their next stage in life with the Graduate School Preparation Program. To learn more, contact Sidney Williams, director, at 937-376-6068 or swilliams2@centralstate.edu or Tracy Watts-Coleman, administrative assistant, at 937-376-6685 or twatts-coleman@centralstate.edu.

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