Applying to health professions schools is a lengthy, detail-oriented process: the HPA preapplication process is introduced through a fall semester information session two years before you hope to start professional school.
One of HPA's main goals is to guide students and alumni through the processes of deciding when to apply, completing the application in a timely and comprehensive manner, and navigating the admissions cycle. This includes writing a committee letter of recommendation on behalf of each applicant.
When to Apply
If applying to begin health professional school directly after graduation, the preapplication preparation begins in the fall of junior year. Over 75% of Princeton applicants in recent years have taken one or more "glide years" between undergraduate and health professions school. Throughout the year, potential applicants should think carefully about when to apply.
How to Apply
- Medical and dental school applicants who qualify for the committee letter of recommendation should follow the Application Timeline below.
- You will apply in the early summer and spend the following year in the application process prior to matriculation. Direct entry students apply at the end of junior year; those taking one glide year apply at the end of senior year.
- Older alumni who do not qualify for the committee letter are supported through advising appointments, access to all of the applicant resources, and may participate in the HPA Letter Collection Service.
- Applicants to other health professions are supported through advising appointments and access to resources, but are not expected to receive a committee letter of recommendation. HPA is happy to work with applicants to all health professional schools!