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Pre-Health Studies

Applying to medical school and other health professional programs can be nerve-wracking. Students who want to go into health care choose their undergraduate institution carefully because they know that the right preparation is key to gaining acceptance to some of America’s most prestigious professional schools.

Increasingly, students interested in the sciences and healthcare are choosing the University of Richmond because of its strong science programs and resources available to pre-health students. The School of Arts & Sciences launched the Pre-Health Studies Program to provide students with the guidance, support, academic preparation and clinical experiences they need to be successful applicants to health professional schools. In any given year, approximately 300 students, including first years through fourth years from a range of academic disciplines, take advantage of the pre-health studies program.

The program offers a combination of benefits students won’t find anywhere else:

  • A medical school acceptance rate of 70 percent (2011–2016), compared to the national average of 46 percent. 
  • An in-house MCAT preparation course.
  • A healthcare studies program that equips students to become better doctors, not just better medical students.
  • Study abroad programs specifically geared toward pre-health students so they can receive an international education without falling behind in their science curriculum.
  • A program that welcomes all students from all disciplines, not just students majoring in the sciences.