There is no single “correct” path to medical, dental, or veterinary school. Postbaccalaureate (or postbac) programs allow students to take classes after graduation.
There are two main types of programs: career changers and academic record enhancers. There are also programs specifically focused on increasing the success of students who are underrepresented in medicine in terms of their race, ethnicity, or socio-economic status.
Princeton University does not have a postbac program. If you are a Princeton student applying to postbac programs, please refer to these guidelines. Any Princeton student or alum who seeks advice about postbac programs is welcomed to contact our office.
HPA Career of the Month highlighting postbac programs (pdf, October 2016)
A Second Opinion: The Post-Baccalaureate (NY Times, April 2012)
For students with no or few science pre-requisites.
- Post-Bac Paths: Career Changers Handout (pdf).
- List of career changer programs in which Princeton alums have found success.
For students who need an academic “boost” from courses taken after graduation.
- Post-Bac Paths: Record Enhancers (pdf).
- List of record enhancer programs in which our alums have found success.
AAMC Post-baccalaureate Premedical Programs Database
The Association of American Medical Colleges' Post-baccalaureate Premedical Programs is a searchable database that enables you to search according to program type and other program characteristics. This is the most comprehensive list of programs available.