Preprofessional Studies & the Center for Health Sciences Advising

Preprofessional Studies

The education you need. The answers you want.

Established in 1961, Preprofessional Studies positions students for career opportunities in a variety of health professions—medicine, dentistry, veterinary, physical therapy, psychiatry, and more— by providing undergraduates with an education in the best of liberal traditions of scientific thought and analysis. The first thing students learn? They are not alone in their pursuits.

The Center for Health Sciences Advising helps students to understand what medical schools are looking for and how to navigate their undergraduate careers and make a successful application to the school of their choice. It also provides answers to questions related to medical school, such as:

  • What is the best major?
  • Is research experience mandatory?
  • Is clinical experience a prerequisite?
  • Is service experience required?
  • Can one study abroad and still prepare for medical or other health professions school?

The Center can answer these questions and any others you might have.

For over 100 years, Notre Dame has been recognized as an accredited institution for premedical studies. Thanks both to an undergraduate education that emphasizes research, clinical experiences, and interdisciplinary thinking and to the work of the Center for Health Sciences Advising, the average Notre Dame applicant has a Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) above the national average, and a significantly higher acceptance rate to M.D. and D.O. programs than the national average.