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.

Office Mission

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.

Guiding Principles

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 and alumni from the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and the Whiting School of Engineering who are seeking careers in health care and law.

Graduate Students

Graduate students 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 for pre-professional advising services and resources.