The HPA Preapplication Process

Starting in the fall prior to application, prospective applicants work with HPA through a preapplication process.

This process serves two purposes: 

  1. It helps you reflect on your experiences and craft your narrative prior to the application.
  2. It helps HPA advisers to write a unique, detailed committee letter of recommendation that will present you in a positive, personalized light to admissions committees.  

The preapplication process includes submitting a number of forms, essays, and other materials, and participating in a Preapplication Interview. The process is outlined in detail in the Applicant Information Session. All forms and instructions are available to applicants via a Canvas course. Email HPA for details.

  1. Attend an Applicant Information Session (or watch online)
  2. Email HPA for access to the Canvas course for applicants
  3. Submit the Applicant Intake / Intent to Apply form and Resume on Canvas
  4. Meet with an HPA adviser for an Intake appointment
  5. Participate in an HPA preapplication interview, which will include preparing and submitting preapplication materials:
    • autobiography
    • activities overview
    • activities list
    • short essay responses
    • photo
    • prerequisites form

    HPA Applicant Guide: 2023 Matriculation

    A copy of last year's Applicant Guide. This will be updated for the 2024 application cycle by October 2022.

    Sample HPA Forms

    A copy of the forms that applicants in last year's cycle completed. These will be updated for the 2024 application cycle by October 2022.