Health Professions Advising
- Is "pre-med" a major at Tufts?
- Is there a pre-vet major?
- Do you have an accelerated program with the medical/veterinary/dental school?
- What is the Early Assurance Program to the Tufts School of Medicine? How many students apply and get admitted?
- What percent of pre-medical/veterinary/dental students get accepted to medical/veterinary/dental school?
- Can I take classes at the medical/veterinary/dental school?
- If I am pre-med/vet/dental can I still study abroad?
- Is there a good support system for students who are interested in the pre-health professions?
- Are there high levels of competition amongst pre-med students, for instance not wanting to study with anyone else, elevated stress, hoping everyone else is failing, etc?
- Other than professors, are there any resources that will be available to me as far as being able to ask questions and receive help concerning science classes?
- Will I have help choosing my classes and direction as far as which science classes to start with?
- Will I only be focused on the sciences or will I have a liberal arts experience?
- Can I do engineering and still be pre-med/pre-vet/pre-dental?
Is "pre-med" a major at Tufts?
"Pre-med" is a career choice, not a major, and students prepare for medical school through any major they choose. Medical schools are looking for applicants who pursue a challenging curriculum that excites them and in which they excel. There are eight core science requirements for medical school, with an occasional extra requirement or two, and these can be completed within any Tufts major. In the past we have students majoring in everything from art history to mechanical engineering applying and being admitted to medical school.Back to top
Is there a pre-vet major?
Similarly to "pre-med," "pre-vet" is not a major, but a career path. To supplement the academic coursework, we have a very active Prevet Society here at Tufts with approximately 40 members. They are closely involved with the students, professors, and research occurring at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. Each year, we have about 5-10 applicants to graduate programs in veterinary medicine and about 90-100% of them are admitted to the schools of their choice. In addition, we have an early assurance program whereby sophomores can apply to the Cummings School, be admitted, and then have a spot in the class two years in advance. Each year, the Cummings School admits one or two of the handful of students who applied to that program.Back to top
Do you have an accelerated program with the medical/veterinary/dental school?
Tufts undergraduates have the opportunity to apply to our medical, dental and veterinary schools earlier than the general application period. Sophomores may apply to the medical, dental or veterinary school and know two years in advance where they will study after college graduation. These Early Assurance programs are for students who have studied for at least two years at Tufts; therefore, they are not available options for transfer students. These are not accelerated programs. There is also a very select program for first year students (freshmen) can apply to the dental school and begin an accelerated seven-year program during their junior year at Tufts; typically one student every two or three years is able to design a curriculum that allows for this program. Students interested in public health can do a five year combined degree program earning them a bachelor’s and a master’s in public health.Back to top
What is the Early Assurance Program to the Tufts School of Medicine? How many students apply and get admitted?
The Early Assurance Program is an opportunity for Tufts sophomores to apply to Tufts medical school and learn of their acceptance prior to beginning their junior year. Each year approximately 25 sophomores choose to apply, about 15-20 are interviewed and about 10-15 are admitted. Competitive applicants have completed five of the eight pre-med requirements and have maintained a 3.5 GPA. The early assurance program is for students who have studied for at least two years at Tufts; therefore, it is not an available option for transfer students. Early assurance is not an accelerated program. The acceptance is not binding and students may decide to apply in the regular applicant pool after their junior year.
For more information on the Early Assurance Program to the Tufts School of Medicine program and similar programs at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts School of Dental Medicine, and programs in Public Health, please click here.
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What percent of pre-medical/veterinary/dental students get accepted to medical/veterinary/dental school?
Tufts works with and supports all its students who choose to apply to medical, dental or veterinary school. Our overall acceptance rate to U.S. medical schools is between 75-90% each year. If you focus on those students who maintained a 3.5 GPA, it rises to over 90%. Acceptance to dental school is between 90-100% each year, and to veterinary school, it is about 75-90%.
Students matriculate into schools across the country but many do choose to remain at Tufts; the professional schools at our university are very favorably inclined towards Tufts undergraduates.
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Can I take classes at the medical/veterinary/dental school?
Tufts undergraduates do attend lectures, participate in research and do volunteer work at our schools; however, the medical, dental and veterinary schools do not allow part-time students or those who are not degree candidates to take courses.Back to top
If I am pre-med/vet/dental can I still study abroad?
There are a good number of students each year who are pre-med and study abroad. Tufts strongly encourages students to study abroad but to plan their travels early with an advisor from our Health Professions Advising office. Medical, veterinary and dental schools value the exposure to another culture and language, ability to live in a new environment and sense of curiosity that study abroad reflects.Back to top
Is there a good support system for students who are interested in the pre-health professions?
Tufts has two health professions advisors in the Office of Undergraduate Education who meet with students individually, hold workshops, have a monthly electronic newsletter, maintain a website, plan programs and speakers and collaborate closely with various faculty. When students are ready to apply to a health professional school, the advisors work with a faculty committee of 12 that interviews students and provides a letter of recommendation for their application.Back to top
Are there high levels of competition amongst pre-med students, for instance not wanting to study with anyone else, elevated stress, hoping everyone else is failing, etc?
Tufts' pre-med/vet/dental students work very hard and are certainly stressed at times; however, the culture here is one of collaboration, not competition. Students frequently study together in small groups, go to professors' office hours in pairs, and help each other with homework problems.Back to top
Other than professors, are there any resources that will be available to me as far as being able to ask questions and receive help concerning science classes?
All professors, including those that teach large introductory science classes, are available to meet with students individually. Most classes also have recitation sections wherein students meet in small groups with a teaching assistant to discuss the topics or problems from the week, or prepare for an exam. In addition, Tufts has an Academic Resource Center that offers many services - among them is free tutoring from trained resident tutors who specialize in certain subjects and usually work closely with the professors (so they know what material is being covered and when exams are being held). Lastly, students often work with study groups and help one another with questions and assignments.Back to top
Will I have help choosing my classes and direction as far as which science classes to start with?
Every Tufts student has an individual academic advisor whose role is to help the student choose appropriate classes and fulfill general graduation requirements. In addition, every student has an Academic Dean who can advise on their courses. Also, pre-med/pre-vet/pre-dental students have two health professions advisors at their disposal, who hold office hours and individual appointments to help students make good choices about their curriculum.Back to top
Will I only be focused on the sciences or will I have a liberal arts experience?
Both Tufts and medical/veterinary/dental schools will encourage you to obtain a broad-based education as part of your preparation for a career in the health sciences. Understanding the world and its different cultures is extremely valuable to future healthcare providers, which is why the liberal arts experience is stressed for all pre-health students.Back to top
Can I do engineering and still be pre-med/pre-vet/pre-dental?
Absolutely. Each year, Tufts has several students from the School of Engineering apply to med/vet/dental programs.Back to top