Health Professions Advising
What does it mean to be a “pre-health” student at Princeton? It means that you are considering going to medical, veterinary, dental or another health professions school some time after you finish your undergraduate degree. And it's not just about academics! Usually, it means that you have a deep and abiding interest in science and humanity, you have a particular interest in health and disease, you have a desire to help others, and you thrive on hard work, responsibility and leadership.
What does it take to successfully gain entrance to a health professions school? There is no absolute definition. Students who tend to be successful in the pre-health journey usually:
- Show intellectual curiosity, studying what they love while demonstrating excellence in the pre-health prerequisite courses.
- Gain real world perspective on the benefits and challenges of being health care professionals through hands-on experience in a clinical setting.
- Pursue their co-curricular interests, particularly in service endeavors, research, leadership within student organizations (health related or otherwise) and engaging summer opportunities, in order to gain the personal competencies sought by health professions schools.
The advisers in the Office of Health Professions Advising (HPA) work with all students interested in careers in the health professions, and with alumni who are applying to health professions schools. If you are considering the health professions, we encourage you to attend workshops, familiarize yourself with the HPA website, subscribe to our weekly email newsletter ("Vitals"), like the HPA Facebook page and meet with an adviser to introduce yourself at any time. The advisers enjoy working with students at all stages, from freshman course selection through the health professions school application process.
Are you considering applying to law school? While Princeton does not have a pre-law major or curriculum, there are many academic and extracurricular activities available to gain exposure to the field and build related skills — including oral and written communication skills, analytical reasoning, critical analysis of written works and research.
The Office of Career Services can help you further explore your interest in the law and assist you with the law school application process via the following programs, services and resources:
- Individual appointments with the pre-law adviser to discuss your interests, review law school application timelines and critique your application materials.
- Law school information sessions and the Graduate & Professional School Fair held on campus every fall, which provide great opportunities to meet law school admissions representatives and ask questions.
- Pre-law workshops and alumni panels to learn more about the application process as well as the various practice areas available.
- A one- to three-day Princeternship with a member of our alumni community working in the legal profession, which can help you learn more about various aspects of the field and make valuable connections.
- Career Services portals — TigerTracks and UCAN — to help you find internships at law firms or within non-profit legal services organizations.
- The Alumni Careers Network, an online database of alumni mentors working in the field or attending law school, whom you can contact for advice and information.
Be sure to attend our events and workshops, review the law school section on the office's website and the Career Planning Guide, read the weekly CareerNews e-newsletter, stop in during daily walk-in hours 3:00-5 :00 p.m., or schedule an appointment online with the pre-law adviser at any time during your time at Princeton.
Program in Teacher Preparation
In particular, the program:
- Provides learning opportunities that build upon your subject area expertise and develop your theoretical and professional knowledge base using research of effective practices and accepted standards within the profession.
- Requires that you demonstrate and defend the application of your acquired knowledge and skills in the classroom.
- Collaborates with a range of partners to create and maintain a professional network and integrated outreach programs that support your learning and benefit our community.
- Assists you in their transition from the University to a professional environment by helping you find placements and offering support to you in your first years of service.
Each year, some of Princeton’s best and brightest students (and alumni) receive a number of prestigious national and international fellowships. Many of these awards are well-known: The Rhodes, the Marshall, the Goldwater, the Truman, the Fulbright and the Gates fellowships are widely discussed in the national media. But there are many other fellowships, including several open only to Princeton students. As you might imagine, most of these opportunities are intensely competitive. But fellowship adviser Deirdre Moloney works with University faculty to identify and prepare Princeton students for the competition. Together they oversee a process that becomes in itself a valuable learning experience, as students draft application materials and make revisions in response to faculty comments; those who advance in their competitions are often given mock interviews, designed to simulate the conditions they will face in the final stages of the fellowship process, which are followed by detailed feedback about their performance. It is true that relatively few students are chosen for these awards, but it is also true that Princeton students who go through the process are rewarded with experience that will prove invaluable to them in their subsequent careers.
Do you have what it takes? Don’t sell yourself short. Major fellowships are indeed competitive, and so not for everyone, but you owe it to yourself to check out the many fellowships and awards administered by the Office of Fellowship Advising. Most fellowships are of course designed for advanced students — seniors and, in a few cases, juniors. But there is no reason for sophomores or even freshmen to wait. If you are interested in these fellowships, it is never too soon to start learning about these opportunities and the steps you can take to become a competitive candidate.
Study Abroad Advising
The experience of studying abroad is usually one of the most memorable, and arguably valuable, aspects of a Princeton education — that is, if you choose to take advantage of the many opportunities the University offers students who want to spend time abroad.
The prospect of arranging and completing a study abroad program is a daunting one for many students, but the study abroad office offers a wide variety of resources. Princeton carefully reviews the many, many study abroad options that are available for college students. Indeed, the Study Abroad Program has a long and successful record of counseling Princeton students who wish to take advantage of international academic resources. Our study abroad counselors are the best in the business and beyond them stand nearly a hundred peer advisers — Princeton students who have studied successfully in all corners of the globe — as well as informative web materials.
Is there a particular university that has special resources relevant to your research or your general academic interest? Are you fascinated by a country, a region? Do you want to become fluent in a foreign language? Princeton students regularly go abroad for these and many other reasons, and the Study Abroad Program has the experience and the resources to make that happen for you. Study abroad advising goes well beyond suggesting and approving programs abroad; the office also assists students in a variety of practical matters, including funding, housing and getting connected with the local population.
Study at foreign universities can extend for a full year, a semester or a summer. The study abroad office also administers special partnerships with such renowned institutions as Oxford University and Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris; and the University belongs to a variety of consortiums all over the world that offer special educational opportunities for Princeton undergraduates.