In 2015, US News & World Report ranked the University of Pennsylvania eighth among national universities and fifth for medical research. A member of the Ivy League, this university offers advising and planning for undergraduate students preparing to attend allopathic or osteopathic medical schools. It also offers guidance for students interested in dental school. Through the College of Liberal and Professional Studies, Penn also provides a post-baccalaureate, pre-health program for students who have earned an undergraduate degree in a non-science major or who want to be better prepared for advanced medical study.
Suggested Majors for Pre-Health Professionals
For students interested in health professions such as medicine, dentistry or pharmacy, there isn't one "right" major required by professional schools.
Since a degree in science in a popular choice for pre-med, pre-health services, pre-dentistry, etc., ODU's curriculum prepares students for professional school experience and fulfills course requirements for entry into most schools. This coursework also prepares students for the respective admissions tests, including the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).
Students wishing to enter medical school with the goal of becoming a physician, osteopath, dentist, optometrist, podiatrist or veterinarian are advised to major in either Biology or Chemistry and minor in the other.
Students are selected for an interview on the basis of their individual qualifications regardless of sex, religion, racial origin, marital status or age. The Admissions Committee seeks evidence of general competence with special attention given to the science GPA and the total MCAT score. In addition, the applicants must demonstrate motivation and enthusiasm for medicine as indicated from their volunteer experience, medical related activities, service to others, leadership skills and/or research related activities. They also must demonstrate personality and character traits important to their future growth as a physician.