Choice of Major

The premedical, predental, and preveterinary programs are curricular pathways and not majors.  Students may major in any field in the College of Arts & Sciences or in another school or college at the University while also fulfilling professional school requirements.  Medical and dental schools do not show a marked preference for the applicant’s choice of major.  Because of the variation in preveterinary requirements at individual schools, preveterinary students usually major or minor in Biology.  The quality and scope of one’s academic work is also very important to consider.  Professional schools usually prefer students who do well and display a variety of interests in their course work.  Personal qualities that admission committees deem valuable can be demonstrated in any academic field.

Academic achievement is a very important factor in the evaluation of credentials and an important predictor of success in professional school.  Although some schools state that it may be possible to enter professional school after only three years of college, undergraduates who accelerate their programs with early admission as their objective should keep in mind that the baccalaureate degree is usually required before matriculation.


Related LinksColleges with health-related programs:

College of Arts & Sciences

College of Engineering

College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College


Additional schools or colleges in which prehealth students have enrolled:

College of Communication

College of Fine Arts

College of General Studies

Questrom School of Business

School of Education