Pre-Health Programs

Pre-med, Pre-dental, Pre-vet, Pre-nursing, etc.

Graduate and professional schools place high value on a liberal arts education, and MHC has an excellent reputation for producing highly motivated students who are well prepared for graduate studies in the health professions. The Office of Pre-Health Programs and the Committee on the Health Professions offer extensive information, resources, programs, and opportunities to guide you in your choices and through the application process.

Careers in health include many specializations, including dentistry, nursing, veterinary medicine, medical research, and public health, as well the practice of medicine. It is rare for an entering student to know with certainty which specific branch of the health professions will be most suited to their talents and interests. Your job is to explore those possibilities directly, while at the same time letting your experiences in classes, research labs, internships, workshops and even informal conversations inform your decisions.

Mount Holyoke students and alumnae are accepted into excellent graduate programs in a variety of health professions, including allopathic and osteopathic medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, nursing, physical therapy, and public health. In a typical year, an average of 60 students and alumnae apply to health professions programs. Of those, approximately 35 plan to become physicians; the others apply to dental, veterinary, physician assistant, or other programs.

In the past seven years, our average applicant to medical school has had a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5 and a score of at least 27 on the MCAT. Among students who meet these criteria, 80 percent are successful at gaining admission to medical school.

Schools to which our students have been admitted in recent years include: Boston University, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Mount Sinai, Stanford, UCSF, University of New England, University of Pennsylvania, University of Rochester, Washington University-St. Louis, Vanderbilt, and Yale.

The office of Pre-Health Programs serves undergraduate Mount Holyoke students and alumnae planning for a career in the health professions as well as postbaccalaureate students who are returning to school to fulfill prerequisite science courses. These pages are generally focused on undergraduates, however information for post-baccalaureate students can be found on their website

All students who are planning for a career in the health professions should:

  1. Sign up for emails announcing pre-health events. This is your best means of staying connected.
  2. Attend workshops and events sponsored by Pre-Health Programs.
  3. Formally declare their intentions by completing a preapplication packet no later than April 1 of the year in which they are planning to begin their application to health professions schools.