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Prospective Students, Parents & High School Counselors

Is Purdue the right place for my pre-professional studies?

Yes! Purdue is one of the top-ranked universities in the country with faculty and cutting-edge research that will challenge you academically and help prepare you for the rigors of a professional program.

What does it mean to be a pre-professional student?

Being a pre-professional student is a career interest, not a major. For instance, you can be a history major and also be a pre-professional student pursuing a medical career. Professional programs are looking for well-rounded students with broad academic interests. You can major in whatever interests you most. There is no "correct" or "best" major. However, majoring in something that you find interesting can provide you with an alternate career option in case you don’t gain immediate entrance into a competitive program of your choice.

What pre-professional services are available at Purdue?

The Center for Pre-Professional Advising serves as a centralized source for information on professional careers from choosing a good career fit to applying to a program. We create information materials, offer workshops, and advise students about their options and necessary credentials. We also offer a professional file service for medical and dental school applicants that stores and distributes letters of recommendation.

What should I do to prepare for being a pre-professional student?

One way to begin is by exploring professional careers online. Another is by volunteering in a health profession, such as at a hospital or clinic, or in a legal setting. Often, those interested in a career can job shadow a professional in the field to see what a typical day on the job is like. Finally, those interested in demanding professional careers should always be reading — anything from books and magazines to newspapers. Reading not only helps you learn but it also can help with preparing for the verbal reasoning sections of aptitude tests.

Will it help me to have Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or Dual Enrollment credits?

Many students do come to Purdue with AP, IB and dual enrollment credits. Often these provide the student with Purdue credit. You should be aware, however, that some professional programs do not accept these credits. The problem is that most professional programs want to see how you perform in the classes they require while you are in college. Thus, you should plan to take at least one more course in each field in which you are using AP credit if that class is required by your professional field.

How many Purdue applicants are accepted in medical, dental, optometry, law and other programs each year?

The answer to this question is, surprisingly, not very helpful. Ultimately, it is the student who gains acceptance to a professional program — not the undergraduate institution. By keeping your grades up (ideally in the 3.6 or better range), preparing well for any required aptitude tests, following the advice of your academic advisor and the Center for Pre-Professional Advising, getting to know faculty, gaining practical experience, being active on campus, and participating in research, your chances of being accepted are very good. And, in fact, Purdue's students who have done these things are quite successful in gaining acceptance into professional programs.

Because there is no consistent method for gathering and reporting data on applicant success rates among institutions and because these numbers can be very misleading, Purdue does not publish this information as a recruiting tool.

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