At Hopkins, we take our students’ futures seriously. Expert advising, paired with Hopkins’ exceptional academics, means that graduates will be well prepared for application to professional schools and programs of their choice.
The Office of Pre-Professional Programs and Advising offers a variety of resources to help students meet their goals. Our advisors are available for scheduled appointments, e-mailed questions, and informal interaction at scheduled programs and events. Students are strongly encouraged to visit the Office of Pre-Professional Programs and Advising early and often during their undergraduate careers to develop relationships with the advisors who will be helping them gain the skills and credentials they will need for successful application to professional schools. They should also join the Pre-Professional listserv, their electronic lifeline to important pre-professional information.
We work with students to select courses and a major, to develop their study skills and habits, and to think critically about what they hope to achieve during their years at Hopkins. Students’ relationships with professors are very important, and we encourage interactions with faculty through office hour visits and informal contact. We help students identify volunteer, internship, and research opportunities to enhance their classroom experiences, and we assist students in identifying opportunities that will allow them to develop their leadership skills.
Throughout students’ undergraduate career, they can come to us for help in gaining knowledge of the professions in which they are interested. We bring current medical and law students and professionals to campus to discuss their career paths with our students. We also bring graduate school deans of admission to campus to present information on their schools and programs and to provide firsthand advice on how to be a strong applicant. Our office also leads students through the process of identifying an application timeline for professional school, preparing to apply, and, in the case of pre-health students, utilizing the services of the Health Professions Committee to promote their candidacy. We also offer workshops on such topics as self-assessment, essay writing, and interview preparation.
We aim to help students determine the professional school and career options that work best for them based on their individual assets, values, and life goals. Because students are learning to make adult decisions, they do not always take the advice offered by our advisors. We encourage students, however, to work closely with their advisors to develop relationships of trust and mutual respect. Ultimately, we attempt to help them make conscious and thoughtful plans about their future paths.
Prior to going to the respective pre-med/pre-health or pre-law sections of this website, we invite you to overview some opening thoughts for parents: