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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!

Mission

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. 

Who We Serve

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.

Pre-Health Students

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.

Eligibility for a Committee Letter

If they have met the eligibility requirements stated below, applicants to medical and dental school who are undergraduates or alumni of the Whiting School of Engineering or the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences are eligible to apply for a Committee Letter to represent them in the medical or dental schools application process and accompany their 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 prospective applicant must:

  • Be scheduled to or have completed their undergraduate education at Johns Hopkins University
  • Have been enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student for a minimum of four semesters at Johns Hopkins University
  • Have completed a minimum of four premedical science courses (biology, chemistry, and physics) while at Johns Hopkins University.  This does not include AP coursework.
  • Meet the submission deadlines as established by the Pre-Professional Office.

Furthermore, it is critical that a prospective applicant has accumulated a record of advising through the Pre-Professional Office prior to the declaration of intent to apply. Although the office will not prevent access to a Committee Letter for an applicant in this situation, there are no assurances regarding the quality, depth, and personalization of the letter. 

Pre-Law Students

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.  Individual appointments may be granted at the discretion of hte advisor.

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