How to Apply
Preparing your Application
Plan ahead. Graduate and professional schools often require specific academic preparation for admission, and these must be worked into your undergraduate curriculum in a timely fashion. Know as early as possible what course work will be expected of you. Most schools require standardized tests, which may need to be taken as early as the spring of your junior year. Be sure to find out when required exams are offered and when your scores need to be submitted. It takes approximately six weeks for your test to be scored and reported. Also consider whether a school has rolling admissions and whether you can benefit from getting your application completed early (earlier applicants typically have an advantage).
Assembling all of the materials required to support your application takes time and organization. Keep a written and electronic record of each aspect of the application process you need to complete for every school to which you apply. Pay special attention to deadlines. Whenever possible, send your materials in well ahead of any deadlines. Early decisions and rolling admissions policies are commonplace.
Health professions schools review every aspect of your qualifications, including your personal statement, GPA, transcript, letters of reference, and entrance exam scores. Wherever possible, it is your job to stand out from all other applicants. Your faculty advisor and pre-health advisor are here to help you with every step of the process. Take advantage of them! In particular, make sure they read your personal statement and give you constructive feedback well in advance of the deadline — it is hard to overemphasize the importance of a well-crafted statement. Remember, it is the total package of information that is being reviewed, not one element.