Current Northwestern Undergraduates
Welcome to Health Professions Advising (HPA)! We are excited to work with you as you explore your interest in the health professions. We hope you will utilize HPA as a resource as you navigate this path, whether it be through individual advising, drop-in Q&A, or attending various events and workshops over the course of your time at Northwestern and beyond.
First-year students interested in following the pre-med track are required to complete our Pre-med Webinar prior to being assigned a pre-health advisor. We do this in order to help acclimate each of you to the basics of being a pre-med student ahead of your first advising appointment, which in turn will help ensure your first appointment is more specific to your individual needs and goals. Please fill out this brief intake survey, and then you will receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org with instructions on accessing the webinar via Canvas.
All new NU undergraduates are invited to fill out the intake survey and review the “HPA Services & Opportunities” section of the webinar for an introduction to our office. But if you’re interested in a different pre-health track, are a transfer student, or are simply new to HPA, you can schedule an appointment without completing the webinar.
The advisors at HPA are happy to work with Northwestern undergraduate alumni! We’re available to meet with alumni through in-person appointments, over the phone, or via Zoom.
At Northwestern, pre-med and pre-health are not majors; instead, they are simply recommended sets of coursework that students opt to take to be prepared to apply to their selected health professions programs. Health professions programs select students with a variety of skills, interests, and majors. Students are not required to major in the sciences, and the pre-health coursework typically pairs well with any major.
Northwestern offers a breadth of majors among our six academic colleges; choose a major that interests you! If you enjoy what you are learning, you are more likely to be successful during your academic career. Visit the Office of Undergraduate Admissions website for more information on possible majors and minors, as well as instructions and tips for your Northwestern application.
Attend an event.
HPA hosts a variety of events throughout the academic year, such as health professions program visits, application-related workshops, speaker series and more. Visit the events page to register for an HPA event and to learn about other events that may be of interest to pre-health students.
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Subscribe to the HPA listserv to receive our weekly newsletter and important announcements for pre-health students. Our weekly newsletter includes new internship, volunteer, and job opportunities, as well as other resources.