What are health profession schools looking for?

Health profession schools seek well-rounded students with solid preparation in the sciences, a record of high academic achievement, and some basic preliminary experience in medicine (such as volunteering in a clinical setting). They also seek applicants who possess maturity, leadership and strong interpersonal skills.

Successful applicants to medical schools have a grade point average of 3.5 or better, an MCAT score of 505-525  and strong letters of evaluation. Adelphi students who achieve these scores and grades (or even scores somewhat lower) have an outstanding rate of success in admissions.  

Health profession schools base their admissions on a combination of the following criteria:

  • overall grades in college
  • grades in science and math courses
  • scores on the appropriate admissions exams
  • letter of evaluation from the Pre-Medical Council
  • relevant experience
  • interviews

Composite Letter

Along with your application, you will be required to submit a composite letter in addition to the individual letters of evaluation.

Adelphi’s Pre-Medical Council will write a composite letter for your application to professional school and issue you a ranking based on various criteria that are discussed among council members. These decisive factors include your GPA, ethical conduct, academic honesty, and personal characteristics.

Adelphi University’s Pre-Medical Council Ranking
Very Highly recommended (90-100 Percentile)
Highly recommended (75-90 Percentile)
Recommended without reservation (50-75 Percentile)
Recommended with reservation (25-50 Percentile)
Evaluated (0-25 Percentile)

This composite letter consists mainly of six parts:

  1. Your waiver of rights to inspect the composite letter and letters of evaluations; waiver of rights allowing the Premedical Council to gain access to your disciplinary records held by the Dean of Student Affairs, granting the Council rights to share those records with the professional schools to which you apply.
  2. You should select a faculty member from the Premedical Council who knows you best and who will write a strong composite letter on your behalf. If you do not wish to approach someone on the Council to write your composite letter, the Council will then elect a member to write it on your behalf.
  3. A description of you that includes some personal history, focusing on your strong and weak characteristics, both academic as well as non-academic. They will also highlight comments from the various letters of evaluation you have received.
  4. Verbatim reproduction of 5 or more letters of evaluation (3 from science/math faculty). You may also include letters from other professionals who can attest to academic ability, character and potential to succeed in professional school.
  5. Conclusion and summary.
  6. Attached letters from non-academic sources where applicable.

Most professional schools admit students on a continuing basis beginning in the fall (rolling admissions). It is in your best interest to have your application completed by early fall.

All material for your Pre-Medical Council composite letter should be submitted no later than May 15 during the year you are applying.

Submit Required Materials

You must provide the following to the Office of Pre-Professional Advising and Fellowships for the Pre-Medical Council:

After the picture is received you will be given evaluation forms.

Three evaluations should be from science/math faculty. You should verify with the Office of Pre-Professional Advising and Fellowships that the evaluations have been received before May 15, at the end of your junior year.

  • Personal Info: Name, Home Address/Dorm Address (if applicable) and Phone (if applicable)
  • Overall GPA and Science GPA (include math, chemistry, biology and physics)
  • A list of honors and awards (including those received in high school).
  • A succinct description of your clinical experience.
  • A list of jobs or work experience. Be sure to state the number of hours per week you worked while in school.
  • The fields in which you are majoring and/or minoring.
  • The areas of research in which you are working, the name of the faculty member who is your mentor, and your research project title.
  • Any significant information you feel the Pre-Medical Council should know.

A copy of transcripts from all colleges you have ever attended.

Make sure that you include a complete listing of all professional schools to which you are applying, with their addresses.

Note: If you are applying online, you may print them from the online application. Your name and online application ID number from the application service must appear on all pages.

A copy of any of the following: MCAT, DAT, OAT, or GRE results.

You must take the appropriate admission test in the spring of your junior year (or fall of your senior year).

You must inform the Office of Pre-Professional Advising and Fellowships of all interviews, rejections and acceptances in writing and advise us of the school that you will be attending.

Personal Statement/Essay

We strongly recommend that you have your personal statement reviewed your advisors before submitting your application to any professional schools.

You can make an appointment with the Writing Center or the Office of Pre-Professional Advising and Fellowships to begin work on your personal statement after reviewing these guidelines.

Interview Tips

  • Keep up with current events in your field by reading newspapers, magazines, journal articles, and books.
  • Develop reasoned opinions on controversial issues such as euthanasia, stem cell research, medical economics, etc.
  • Organize discussion groups about these issues with other students in Alpha Epsilon Delta, the pre-medical honor society.

Mock interview sessions may be offered through the Office of Pre-Professional Advising and Fellowships.

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