What does it mean to be a “pre-health” student at Princeton? It means that you are considering going to medical, veterinary, dental, or another health professions school some time after you finish your undergraduate degree. And it is not just about academics! Usually, it means that you have a deep and abiding interest in science and humanity, that you have a particular interest in health and disease, that you have a desire to help others, and that you thrive on hard work, responsibility, and leadership.
You may be interested in this path because you want to pursue a career in an academic setting, in the clinic, in biomedical research, or healthcare administration, college health, or some combination of these arenas.
What constitutes a successful pre-health student? There is no absolute definition. Students that tend to be successful in the pre-health journey are usually:
Excellent students in any discipline
Strong in the science courses they’ve taken, whether or not science is their major
Inclined to help others and take on leadership roles
Self-aware and interested in the challenges that face others in society
Preparing for a Career in the Health Professions, Class of 2020 (pdf) - recommended reading for all students in their first semester. This will take you through the basics of academic and non-academic preparation as a pre-health student.
- Preparing for a Career in the Health Professions, Class of 2019 (pdf)
- Preparing for a Career in the Health Professions, Class of 2018 (pdf)
- Preparing for a Career in the Health Professions, Class of 2017 (pdf)
Note about new MOL curriculum: Starting in fall 2015, MOL 214 and MOL 345 will be offered in fall and spring; some of the departmentals for MOL may also be offered in different semesters than they have in the past. Students affected by these changes are encouraged to consult with HPA or with the MOL department if they have questions.
Frequently Asked Questions for Pre-Med/Pre-Health Students (pdf) - provides a general overview on academics, activities, MCAT, applications, and other topics of interest for new and continuing students.