Loyola University Maryland

Pre-Health Program

Pre-Health Advising Committee

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The Pre-Health Committee meets individually with students who will be applying to professional school during the next year. This committee interviews all students who wish to apply to professional schools that require or prefer a “committee letter” from their applicants. Students applying to non-health profession graduate schools do not need to come before the committee.

When do students meet with the committee?
Who is on the committee?
What happens at the committee meeting?
What happens after the meeting?

When do students meet with the committee?

Students who wish to matriculate into professional school in the year following their college graduation come before the committee in the spring of their junior year. However, you may choose to come before the committee in your senior year, or even after you have graduated. It is recommended that applicants come before the committee only after satisfying key professional school requirements. These requirements include meeting GPA standards, obtaining health care experience and completing a majority of course work required for the professional school in question. You do not need to have taken required standardized exams (MCAT, DAT, VCAT, GRE).

The committee meets with students on two occasions only, during the spring final exam week and in July. The meetings during final exam week are typically open to all applicants, including current students and alumni. The July meetings are reserved for students returning from study abroad and alumni.

Who is on the committee?

The committee consists of six faculty members and a representative from the Center for Community Service and Justice.

What happens at the committee meeting?

Each student is scheduled to meet with the committee for 30 minutes. The committee asks questions about the student’s academic record, their knowledge of the field, general knowledge about science and ethics and their personal characteristics.

Students must provide the committee with the following information before the meeting:

  • Application form including the names of three or more references and a list of schools to which they plan to apply
  • Signed consent form
  • Background information in resume format:
    • Educational background (including honors)
    • Job experiences (name of employer, nature of work, time commitment)
    • Extracurricular activities, hobbies, sports and volunteer experiences (list only significant experiences)
    • Highlight any paid or volunteer experience that you have had with the health professions
  • Personal statement: one page discussing your motivation and your personal qualifications for your chosen career. You may also provide us with an additional paragraph on a separate page addressing any weaknesses in your application.
  • Letters of recommendation: please request three letters from people who know you well. At least two of these individuals should be Loyola faculty or administrators, and at least one should be a member of the science faculty. Members of the committee are not available to write these letters.

Your materials should be submitted to Dr. Cunningham's office, attn. Lisa Flaherty, Philosophy Department, at least one week before your scheduled meeting. Please have your recommenders submit their materials directly to Dr. Cunningham's office.

What happens after the meeting?

After the interview, the committee members will discuss the application and place each applicant into a category of recommendation. Those who are recommended will have a letter of recommendation sent to the schools to which they are applying.