These resources are compiled with the primary academic advisor in mind. Please use
this page as resource to help you assist your pre-health advisees.
How to become a competitive applicant
Encourage your advisees to explore this website, attend seminars, participate in
workshops, and subscribe to our newsletter. Through this website and programs put
on by the Pre-Health Professional Development Office, students will learn how to
become a competitive applicant
, develop a plan to build their credentials, and
learn about opportunities
to execute that plan.
Timeline for preparation
gives details on when students should be completing academic and extra-curricular
activities to become a competitive applicant.
Use the timeline
to help students understand when they should prepare their application
The application guides on this website provide students with information on the application
services that process applications for their program of interest.
Prerequisites vary by school and program. In addition, students should be advised
to take classes that will help them prepare for their entrance exam (e.g. DAT,
MCAT, etc.). Advise your students to explore the websites of programs that interest
them to learn what courses are required. If they don't know what specific program
they want to attend yet, have them look at institutions that will grant them in-state tuition (either through residency or contract) to get started.
We offer a committee letter to current students (undergraduate and graduate) and
alumni. The purpose of the committee letter is to provide a substantiative evaluation
of students in a consistent format. The committee letter is often preferred
by medical (allopathic and osteopathic), dental , optometry, and podiatry
schools. However, students are highly encouraged to research their programs of
interest to learn if their specific programs have a preference.
The committee letter process begins in the spring semester the year before the student
plans to matriculate. They will need to submit an application, request individual
letters, and interview with committee members. We then prepare a letter that summarizes
the application they submitted, their interview with committee, and the individual
letters. We send this committee letter with the individual letters appended to
the programs on behalf of the student.
More information about the committee letter including instructions and deadlines can
be found here
Letter Writer Resources
We have created a GPA calculator to help students determine their GPA as calculated by common application services. Students should use this tool to determine their competitiveness for various programs and to help determine how performance in future classes will affect their GPA.
The calculator is a downloadable file with editable regions that can be saved and updated throughout a students Pre-Health career.
Download instructions for the GPA calculator
Download the GPA calculator
Please feel free to contact the Pre-Health Office with questions or suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org