Preparing to Apply
Steps for individuals preparing to apply to enter health profession school in the fall of 2021:
- Watch the 2021 Application Meeting webinar recording. You will need to use your BU login name and Kerberos password to access this recording.
- Review the materials under “Applicants to Health Profession Schools” on our website.
- If you have any questions/concerns after you have reviewed these resources, we encourage you to call the office at 617-353-4866 to schedule an appointment with a prehealth advisor.
The Portfolio of Accomplishments and Reflections
The Portfolio of Accomplishments and Reflections will provide you with an excellent opportunity to thoughtfully reflect upon your accomplishments and to organize much of the material required in primary applications. It will provide prehealth advisors with important information to help you assess your preparedness for the application process and your personal statement.
You may access the Portfolio of Accomplishments and Reflections for 2021 Applicants here.
You must be a BU student or an alumnus who has received a bachelors degree from BU and be applying to enter professional school in the fall of 2021 to submit the Portfolio.
Current Boston University Undergraduate Students
By completing and submitting a Portfolio of Accomplishments and Reflections by January 3, 2020 11:59pm EST, you will qualify for a Letter Packet, a comprehensive advising appointment in February, March, or April, and attendance at an interview workshop co-hosted by the Center for Career Development.
Boston University Undergraduate Alumni
Alumni, who graduated with an undergraduate degree from Boston University and complete and submit a Portfolio of Accomplishments and Reflections by December 1, 2019 11:59pm EST, will qualify for a Letter Packet, an early comprehensive advising appointment in December or January, and attendance at an interview workshop co-hosted by the Center for Career Development. Alumni may also choose to submit the Portfolio by the January 3, 2020 deadline to qualify for a Letter Packet, a comprehensive advising appointment, and attendance at an interview workshop.
The Comprehensive Advising Appointment
Students who complete and submit a Portfolio of Accomplishments and Reflections by the January 3, 2020 deadline will qualify for an hour-long comprehensive advising appointment (CAA). The CAA is an opportunity for you and a prehealth advisor to discuss your achievements in and out of the classroom and help you assess your preparedness for the application process.
You will receive an email, sent to the email address provided in your Portfolio, from the Preprofessional Advising Office concerning the status of your Portfolio of Accomplishments and Reflections. If you qualify for a CAA, the email will include instructions on how to sign up for a CAA with an advisor. Regular comprehensive advising appointments will take place in February, March, and April. Early comprehensive advising appointments for alumni will take place in December and January.
In the Spring 2020 semester, applicants who successfully completed the Portfolio of Accomplishments and Reflections, will have the opportunity to sign up for one interview workshop co-hosted by the Center for Career Development. Interview workshops for 2021 applicants will take place during March, April, and May. These workshops will provide you with an opportunity to learn how to prepare for interviews and practice your communication skills by discussing your accomplishments.
In order to qualify for an interview workshop, you must complete and submit a Portfolio of Accomplishments and Reflections by the January 3, 2020 deadline. You will then receive an email by the end of January that will include information about how to sign-up for one of the workshops.
Letters of Recommendation
UPDATE: In light of the disruptions to people’s lives caused by the COVD-19 pandemic, we are extending the deadline for letters of recommendation to June 15, 2020 11:59PM EST. It is your responsibility to confirm that we have received all of your letters before you request that we submit your Letter Packet. You may check on your letters by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Letters of recommendation are an important component of the application process. Students who qualify may request that the Preprofessional Advising Office submit a packet of letters of recommendation to certain central application services of health profession schools.
Applicants who complete and submit a Portfolio of Accomplishments and Reflections by the January 3, 2020 deadline will qualify for a Letter Packet that may include up to five letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation must be received by the Preprofessional Advising Office no later than June 1, 2020 11:59pm EST to be included in a Letter Packet.
Letters of recommendation must be written on letterhead stationery, must include a signature, and must be accompanied by the Preprofessional Advising Office’s Recommendation Waiver Form. Recommendation Waiver Forms, available on our website, should be given to each of your recommenders and submitted by them to the Preprofessional Advising Office. We strongly encourage recommenders to submit their letters and the waiver form electronically as PDFs to email@example.com. Alternatively, physical copies of recommendations may be mailed to the Boston University Preprofessional Advising Office at 100 Bay State Road, Room 428, Boston, MA 02215.
Different health professions and schools require different types of standardized tests. Detailed information about the different types of exams is available on our Standardized Tests page.
It is your responsibility to request that all official transcripts from the appropriate institutions be sent directly to central application services. We cannot submit official transcripts on behalf of applicants.
Official Boston University transcripts are ordered online, directly from the Boston University Registrar’s website.
- If you are applying to medical school through AMCAS, Boston University has partnered with AMCAS to accept the electronic delivery of official BU transcripts, which you order directly through your Student Link.
- If you are applying to osteopathic medical schools, allopathic medical schools not using AMCAS (such as TMDSAS), or other health profession schools such as dental, veterinary, physician assistant, nursing, etc., central application services may require you to include a “Transcript Request Form” with your Boston University transcript. This form is usually available directly from your application portal or the national association’s website. For more information, contact the appropriate organization directly. Additional information about this can also be found on the Boston University Registrar’s website.
CASPer is the Computer Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics. An increasing number of health profession schools require applicants to complete the CASPer test to assist in their selection process. For more information about CASPer, please visit https://takecasper.com/about-casper/.
Note for alumni who are not yet in our 2021 database: It is imperative that you request that we change your year of application and update your email address. Please email this information to the Preprofessional Advising Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. By doing so, you will ensure that you receive important email notifications from us.
Financing Health Profession School:
- Physician Assistant
- Veterinary Medicine
Fee Assistance/Waiver Programs:
Some applications/central application services offer fee assistance or waivers to financially qualified applicants. The process of applying for fee assistance/waiver programs, as well as the benefits they provide, vary by application/central application service. We encourage you to explore the relevant links below and be aware of the timelines/deadlines to apply.
- AACOMAS (Osteopathic Medical Schools)
- AADSAS (Dental Schools)
- AMCAS (Allopathic Medical Schools)
- CASPA (Physician Assistant Schools)
- NursingCAS (Nursing Schools)
- PharmCAS (Pharmacy Schools)
- VMCAS (Veterinary Schools)