Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Major in Pre-Health or Pre-Law?
  • At UAH, you are able to have Pre-Health or Pre-Law as an interest on top of your concrete degree. For example:
    • A Nursing major with Pre-Med Interest,
    • A Biology major with an Exercise Physiology Minor with Pre-PT Interest,
    • A Chemical Engineering major with Pre-Law interest, or
    • A Philosophy major with Pre-Law interest.
  • It is important to major in a degree with classes you'll enjoy. Most professional career areas do not have to major in something in particular to go your professional school of choice. Major in what interests you.
  • Majoring in something you are interested in also assists in higher grades, which also helps with GPA requirements for professional school, as well.
Can I be a pre-med student in any of the majors? Is a major preferred?
  • Yes, as long as the requirements of the professional schools are met. There is no "pre-med" major at UAH. As long as students work together with their major Academic Advisor and their Pre-Health Advisor, they can major in anything they want.
  • While some majors may incorporate several prerequisites for medical school in their requirements, you can major in any area of interest. Many professional schools are interested in candidates with diverse interests and backgrounds
What services does the Office of Pre-Professional Advising provide?
  • This office advises all UAH students interested in a variety of health and law professions.
  • Students receive individual appointments, workshops, connections to appropriate faculty, a monthly e-newsletter, Facebook, Twitter, student groups.
  • During the application process, students receive one-on-one advising to ensure their file is most ready for the application cycle.
  • The Pre-Professional Advisor reviews all resumes and personal statements. Mock interviews are held for students to better prepare for interviews.
What's the difference between my Pre-Professional Advisor & my Academic Advisor?
  • Your Pre-Professional Advisor assists in building a competitive application to professional school. They help students stay on the "pre-professional track" with necessary class requirements, community service, and shadowing. Your Pre-Professional Advisor provides assistance with interviewing and resume skills. They give guidance on how to improve your application and grow developmentally.
  • Academic Advisors assist students in staying on track to graduate from UAH. They help students register for the correct courses for UAH, answer specific major questions, and give access codes for registration. They also give advice and guidance on courses and education. They work closely with the Pre-Professional Advisor.
What factors affect admission into professional schools?
  • Selections may be based upon several factors:
    • GPA, required entrance exam scores, letters of evaluation, personal history and background, interests and hobbies, motivation, dedication to field, passion outside of field, service, knowledge of and involvement in the profession, extracurricular activities, leadership skills, opportunities taken to grow and challenge oneself, and a personal interview.
Does your office set up volunteering/shadowing opportunities for students?
  • We have established a supportive network of trusting organizations and facilities in the surrounding area. We also work with students to provide them with places to start and the tools with which to begin.
When is the best time to apply to maximize my chances for admission?
  • It is important to ask, "When is the earliest I can apply?" instead of "When is the deadline." Many schools function under a rolling admissions policy and move quickly, which means they are operating under a set number of interview slots or seats to fill. At the beginning of the process, they can consider more students, while those applying at the end are considered for the few remaining slots.