Student Toolkit

Frequently Asked Questions

We've included the answers to some of the most common questions that our students have regarding undergraduate matriculation and the application process for students in pre-health plans of study.

Personalized Advising

The professional advisors in the Pre-Health Resource Center will assist you as you explore careers, majors, course selection, and successful application to graduate professional programs in health, health sciences, and health policy. They are available to guide you in the assessment of your goals and will then work with you to identify academic and experiential opportunities that mesh with your interests.

Guidance From University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences

Student affairs professionals are also available within each of Pitt’s health sciences schools and can provide program-specific admissions information.

Career Assessment

Kuder Journey Career Assessment is a one-of-a-kind solution to help you plan for the right career! Based on your specific needs, Journey provides reliable tools to assess your interests, suggest education and career options, prepare you for the job search, and connect you to today’s jobs.

Choosing the Right Classes

  • Balance your term schedule- limit your sciences (6-9 credits)
  • Browse schools/majors that interest you

Drafting A Strong Personal Statement

Drafting your personal statement for admission to professional school or a graduate program can be challenging. We've compiled a guide to help you ensure that your statement is everything that you need to help you succeed.

Tips for Virtual Interviews

With many aspects of the application process changing for medical (and other professional) schools due to the COVID-19 situation, it helps to be prepared. Included are some tips from the AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) for making the most of your virtual admissions interviews.

Anatomy Of An Applicant

An AAMC resourse addressing the 15 core competencies of medical care and a self-assessment guide. Includes real stories and portions of the application.