Who We Serve/Office Mission
To provide exemplary advising services and support that empower students to become successful pre-health and pre-law applicants, and to serve as industry leaders and role models to our local and national advising colleagues.
As the University leaders in pre-health and pre-law advising, the Office of Pre-Professional Programs and Advising employs thoughtful communication, robust resources, innovative programming, and continuous assessment to serve undergraduates and alumni pursuing professional education in medicine, other health professions, and law
Using three pillars of Exploration, Reflection, and Application, we support and assist students as they:
- Pursue academics that support individual interests, fulfill university requirements, and promote diverse learning
- Explore their motivation for pursuing pre-health and pre-law pathways
- Identify resources for meaningful pre-professional interests and experiences within and beyond the Hopkins community
- Engage in experiences that demonstrate an understanding of professional competencies
- Address and overcome academic, personal, or professional challenges
- Maintain physical and mental wellness and self-care
- Prepare a successful pre-professional application.
The following Guiding Principles evolve from professionalism in our work and respect for ourselves, our colleagues, and our students.
- Communication, to build trust and improve transparency
- Teamwork, to uphold accountability, provide support, and bring out the best in others
- Commitment, to optimize the student experience and deliver comprehensive services
- Approachability, to advise with kindness and be accepting and open-minded to others.
Diversity Action Plan
The Office of Pre-Professional Programs and Advising is committed to fostering an environment of belonging and inclusion for all. Our goals are to provide equitable advising, create and promote pre-professional programs, and build partnerships that support the advancement and retention of students from underrepresented communities and minority groups, as well as students with disabilities.
Through fostering an environment of belonging and inclusion, we support:
- hiring of diverse staff
- providing opportunities for students to serve as liaisons and leaders in representing our office
- continuing education and conversation pertaining to diversity and inclusion
- reviewing updates to the JHU Roadmap on Diversity and Inclusion.
Who We Serve
The Office of Pre-Professional Programs and Advising serves full-time undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni of both the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and the Whiting School of Engineering who are seeking careers in health care and law. Pre-professional advisors serve as a resource throughout a student’s undergraduate career, providing information about course selection, volunteer involvement, law- and health-related internships and exploring gap year opportunities. Our office’s services include one-on-one in-person advising on curricular and pre-professional planning, telephone advising, workshops, programs and webinars, and application assistance.
Undergraduates and alumni of the Krieger and Whiting Schools who are pursuing careers in health professions other than medicine and dentistry (e.g., nursing, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, and public health) are provided full advising services. Applying to these other health professions does not involve a Committee Letter. Graduate students enrolled in full-time programs in the Whiting and Krieger Schools who were not undergraduates at Johns Hopkins University are welcome to schedule advising appointments throughout their graduate experience but are not eligible to receive a Committee Letter from our office.
The Office provides planning and application support for Johns Hopkins undergraduate students and alumni interested in applying to law school. Students may take advantage of our services, including one-on-one advising in curricular and pre-professional planning, office-sponsored workshops and programs, and assistance with the application process. The law school application process does not involve a Committee Letter.
Graduate Students in Other Divisions of Johns Hopkins
Graduate students and alumni from other divisions of Johns Hopkins, including the Schools of Nursing, Education, Public Health, and Medicine who were not undergraduates at Johns Hopkins are ineligible to utilize the services of our office. This population is encouraged to consult with their undergraduate institutions about their advising services and other pre-professional information and resources.