What does it mean to be a prehealth student at Princeton? It means that you are considering going to medical, veterinary, dental, or another health professions school sometime after you finish your undergraduate degree. And it is not just about academics! Usually, it means that you have a deep and abiding interest in science and humanity, that you have a particular interest in health and disease, that you have a desire to help others, and that you thrive on hard work, responsibility, and leadership.
What constitutes a successful prehealth student? There is no absolute definition. Students that tend to be successful in the prehealth journey are usually:
- Excellent students in any discipline
- Strong in the science courses they’ve taken, whether or not science is their concentration
- Inclined to help others and take on leadership roles
- Self-aware and interested in the challenges that face others in society
The Preparing Guide
Preparing for health professions school application includes engaging in course work and activities that will prepare you for your professional life. It should also include plenty of “soul searching” to determine that this is, in fact, the best path for you at this time. Don’t be afraid to explore other areas of interest along the way. Your prehealth preparation intersects with your overall personal and intellectual development at Princeton. The Office of the Dean of the College provides in-depth action plans for each academic year that should be consulted alongside our advice.
A Generalized Timeline