Are you a new Longhorn seeking a pre-health professions career? We welcome you and we are here to help you. Please attend one of our information sessions in the fall when you arrive here on campus. You can also schedule an appointment with a Pre-Health Professions Coach in the fall when you arrive.
To be competitive for professional school, you will need a GPA in the range of 3.4 to 3.8 and above. This means you need to be making As and Bs with more As than Bs. If you feel that you are behind in your classes, please don’t wait until you get your first poor test score to ask for help. There are numerous resources on campus to help you with tutoring! Start with visiting your faculty members & teaching assistants during office hours.
This can be challenging at UT Austin—the campus is huge and most of the classes in your first year have large numbers of participants. Even though the professors can sometimes seem tough or intimidating, most of them are very approachable one-on-one. Visit your professors during office hours, even if you are doing well in their class. It will make your request for a future letter of evaluation much easier!
This will give you a better understanding of what it takes to be successful. A good place to start is to visit the Explore Health Careers website. Another way to learn is to read up on current events affecting your chosen field.
Shadowing means working directly with a health care provider in their professional environment. You have the opportunity to observe how they plan their day, how they interact with their patients, how they chose their career, and how they feel about current events! Finding a healthcare provider who is willing to allow you to shadow can be a challenge, but it is worth the effort. Many students start with their own health care providers. You may also network with other pre-health students to see where they have shadowed.
Any experience giving back to the community will be looked upon favorably by professional school admissions committees. It would be ideal if some of your volunteering was in a healthcare setting. This would combine volunteering with exposure to the field. Get in the habit of tracking your volunteer hours, as most professional school applications will ask for an estimate of the time you spent volunteering.
Individuals who are successful in their pursuit of a health care career possess a set of qualities that they develop as young adults. These include qualities such as: Good Judgment, Self Discipline, Maturity,
Compassion/Empathy, Integrity, Intellectual Curiosity, Strong Work Ethic, Leadership/Accountability,
Reliability, Motivation/Persistence, Honesty, Cultural Competency
There are over 1000 registered student organizations on campus, so there are lots to choose from. There are close to 30 health-related organizations. Check the Office of the Dean of Students website for a searchable database of student orgs. Extracurricular activities help you become a well-rounded student because you develop not only knowledge and thinking skills but also social skills, group work, empathy, team building, organizational and motivational skills relevant when participating in an organization. Connect now!
Your insights about who you are as a person and how your experiences have shaped you will be of tremendous benefit when it is time to write your personal statement (a required part of your professional school application). Keep a journal handy so you can jot down your thoughts and observations!