About Our Office
The Johns Hopkins University Office of Pre-Professional Programs and Advising is dedicated to encouraging students interested in pursuing careers in the health and legal professions to make conscious and thoughtful decisions about their future paths.
We encourage you to meet with a preprofessional advisor to discuss your goals and questions. For more information about our office, stop by 300 Garland Hall to meet our staff and check out our library and resources. We look forward to working with you!
Who We Serve
Pre-Professional Programs and Advising
The Office of Pre-Professional Programs and Advising serves full-time undergraduates and alumni of the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences and the Whiting School of Engineering who are seeking careers in health care and law. Services include one-on-one advising in curricular and pre-professional planning, phone advising, workshops, programs and webinars, and application assistance. Pre-professional advisers serve as a resource throughout a student’s undergraduate career, providing information about course selection, volunteer involvement, law- and health-related internships and exploring gap year opportunities.
In the case of medical and dental school applicants who are or were undergraduates of Whiting and Krieger Schools, the Office prepares a Committee Letter to accompany individual letters of recommendation. The Committee Letter presents a composite of the applicant’s accomplishments, individual strengths, attributes and competencies. To be eligible for a Committee Letter, the candidate must have:
- completed a minimum of six premedical requirements at Johns Hopkins
- at least one year of medically-related experience and/or community/public service
- have met the submission deadlines as established by the Pre-Professional Office
Undergraduates and alumni of the Whiting and Krieger Schools who are pursuing careers in health professions other than medicine and dentistry (e.g., nursing, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, and public health) are provided full advising services. Applying to these other health professions does not involve a Committee Letter.
Graduate students in the Whiting and Krieger Schools who were not undergraduates at Johns Hopkins University are eligible to schedule advising appointments throughout their graduate experience but are not eligible to receive a traditional Committee Letter.
The Office provides planning and application support for undergraduate students and alumni interested in and applying to law school. Students take advantage of similar services including one-on-one advising in curricular and pre-professional planning, office-sponsored workshops and programs, and assistance through the application process. The law school application process does not involve a Committee Letter.
Graduate Students in Other Divisions of Johns Hopkins University
Graduate students and alumni from other divisions of Johns Hopkins, including the Schools of Nursing, Education, Public Health, and Medicine are welcome to attend any public presentation sponsored by the Office, including a presentation each semester at the medical campus sponsored by the Professional Development Office of JHMI and the Career Office of Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.
The Office of Pre-Professional Programs and Advising serves undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni of the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences and the Whiting School of Engineering pursuing professional education in medicine, other health professions, law, and business. Pre-Professional Advisors provide academic advising, professional school application advising, and career counseling. The goal is to encourage students to pursue a holistic approach to their education, to be reflective about their learning and decision-making, and to demonstrate social responsibility and a commitment to voluntarism in preparation for a career of service.
The Office mission is to promote balance, self-responsibility & social responsibility in those we serve.
- pursuing excellence in academics across a broad undergraduate curriculum including, in addition to the sciences, coursework in the humanities, social sciences, arts, and/or public health
- seeking exposure to and understanding of different cultures on campus, within the City of Baltimore, and, if feasible, internationally through studying abroad
- pursuing an array of co-curricular activities beyond the campus, such as internships, summer employment, and volunteer experiences
- commitment to learning and evidence of intellectual curiosity
- engaging in active self-assessment and realistic self-appraisal so that the application to professional school is made from a position of strength
- displaying accountability and professionalism throughout one’s undergraduate education and beyond, with special emphasis on all aspects of the application process
- practicing professionalism as a student, community member, and future professional
- forming relationships and building connections with professionals in fields of interest.
- strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively with others
SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, through:
- demonstrating a commitment to public service through volunteer work, internships, and evidence of sustained and meaningful service
- demonstrating principled and effective leadership, and resilience in the face of challenges
- gaining an appreciation of the human and social dimensions of the intended profession