Did you know?
- Only one third of medical school students actually matriculate directly after graduation.
- The average age of students entering medical school is 24.
- You don’t have to be a science major to attend a health professions school! In fact, many successful physicians, dentists, veterinarians, and the like majored in the humanities or social sciences.
- By doing something meaningful related to the health professions after you graduate, you become a stronger, more focused candidate for admission.
- To be a strong candidate requires more than good grades. It is more advantageous to apply when you are ready and able to make a convincing case for admission rather than to apply during your junior or senior years.
Want to enter a health professional school right after Lafayette?
- Plan to complete all required courses by the end of your junior year
- Take the required admissions test (i.e., MCAT, DAT, OAT, or GRE) in the spring or summer of your junior year
- Submit your applications to health professional schools during the summer between your junior and senior years
What should you study at Lafayette?
- Choose any major or minor offered at Lafayette College
- Follow your own intellectual and academic interests
- Ensure you have a strong foundation in the natural sciences (i.e., biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics)
What makes a strong candidate?
- Academic preparation
- Health-related experiences
- Research experiences
- Community service and volunteer work
- Admissions tests/entrance exams
- Letters of recommendation
- The health professional school application essay and interview
- Evident passion for a health professions career
- Leadership and teamwork
- People skills-interpersonal skills-communication skills-compassion