Getting Started at Princeton for Pre-Health First-Years

The most important things to accomplish as a first-year are getting situated academically and socially, adjusting your time management skills.  Here are some resources to use to help you reach these goals.

  • Preparing for a Career in the Health Professions, Class of 2023 (pdf) and Frequently Asked Questions (pdf) - recommended reading for all students in the first semester. This will take you through the basics of academic and non-academic preparation as a prehealth student.
  • HPA Peer Advisers & Jock Docs – for a peer perspective, all of these students have volunteered to talk with current students about their plans. You can contact any HPA Peer Adviser in any residential college.
  • HPA on Facebook – we share news, pictures, events reminders, and other useful information via our Facebook page. Like us to stay in the loop!
  • HPA Listserv – You will be automatically added to our listserv if you indicated an interest in health professions when you provided academic information as an incoming student, or when you come to a meeting with HPA advisers. We send out Vitals, our weekly e-newsletters, and a few other announcements via our listserv. Contact us if you’d like to be added to our listserv.
  • Gaining clinical experience is critical as you prepare for health professions schools. Here are some ways to get involved locally.
  • HPA Student Organizations – student groups are a good place to meet like-minded peers. Groups range from social to educational to philanthropic, and sometimes all of the above!

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First-Year To Do List

  • Read your Preparing for a Career handbook!
  • Get to know your advisers.
  • Get to know your resources.
  • Find us on Facebook!
  • Get added to our listserv.
  • Start gaining clinical experience.
  • Join a student organization.