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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Pre-Health Advising Overview

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Pre-health advising will help you build a path to your chosen healthcare field.

Our Services

There is no required route for entry into professional schools. All physicians, dentists, veterinarians, and other healthcare providers started where you are today. As students, they held diverse backgrounds, perspectives, interests, talents, skills and experiences—just as you do. Preparing for professional school is a developmental process, so the admissions review is holistic. This is why, during their undergraduate careers, we encourage all pre-health students to:

  • demonstrate intellectual aptitude and curiosity;
  • demonstrate a commitment to healthcare;
  • contribute to the community; and
  • build character.

Prepare

We are here to help you cultivate these attributes. We help students navigate the required pre-professional courses and develop academic plans to best pace themselves and maintain a competitive GPA. Advising conversations frequently center around:

  • academic planning;
  • research;
  • summer experiences;
  • gaining clinical exposure;
  • engaging in community service and volunteerism; and
  • developing leadership skills.

During the active application phase, we assist applicants by:

  • reviewing personal statements;
  • conducting mock interviews; and
  • guiding students through the centralized application systems.

We also offer a committee letter for applicants to schools of human medicine. The Pre-Health Evaluation Committee process begins the year before the opening of the application service. For students who take a gap year, we keep in touch as they develop further experience and strengthen their development.

Visit Us

Appointments are designed for in-depth discussions regarding your pre-health plans and goals. Please schedule an appointment with your pre-health advisor on OrangeSUccess for larger matters. Walk-in advising is limited to brief, 10-15 minute sessions for handling forms, and addressing minor questions or issues with impending deadlines. Walk-in hours are available during the regular academic year. During summer, current undergraduate students can make in-person appointments through OrangeSUccess. For phone appointments, students and alumni are always invited to contact us by email or phone.

Walk-In Hours

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 1-3 p.m.

Contact Us

122 Life Sciences Complex
315.443.2212
prehealthadvising@syr.edu