Applying to Professional School

Surgery Preparations

The Center for Health Sciences Advising assists students with applications for dental, physician assistant, and other health profession schools. The dental group advising sessions will be announced. The other health applications are handled in individual advising sessions.

Important File Deadlines

  • Intention Of Application Form  due at 219 Jordan by January 31.
  • For priority packet attention, submit all the materials – letters of recommendation and submitted primary application (AMCAS, AADSAS, AACOMAS, etc.) printout by July 1.
  • To obtain a full cover letter by one of the committee members, the latest date for submission of all materials is August 1.

Student with Baby

Budgeting the Application Process

  • Standardized tests cost more than $200 for DAT and MCAT, payable between February and April.
  • Primary application fees for the AADSAS are $195 for the first school, $16 for each additional up to 10, $50 for each additional up to 20.
  • Secondary application fees are $30 to $150 per school, payable throughout the summer and fall.
  • Travel to interviews can be a significant expense. Plan ahead.
  • Fee reduction programs are available for exams and applications.

Qualifications of Successful Applicants

Breast Cancer Research

  • An academically rigorous program at a respected institution
  • Solid, consistent GPA, especially a strong science GPA
  • Good MCAT, DAT or GRE scores
  • Solid recommendations
  • A clear and concise personal essay
  • Volunteer or work experience in health care
  • Research
  • Psychological maturity
  • Integrity, discipline, and compassion
  • Intellectual enthusiasm
  • Cultural competence
  • Leadership skills
  • Resilience
  • Engaged in a dynamic application process

Profile of the Average Notre Dame Applicant

  • 3.47 GPA (equals the national average)
  • 29.7 MCAT score (national average is 25.7)
  • Majors (in order of prevalence) in science preprofessional studies (SCPP), biological sciences, arts and letters pre-health, science-business, engineering, chemistry and biochemistry, mathematics, and physics
  • Volunteer service during the school year and summer
  • Clinical experience beyond occasional shadowing
  • Research in bench science or another field
  • Hobbies and activities
  • Leadership in dorm, club, or service activities

Pre Health Application Process | General Info


Freshman year- Students will be assigned a first year advisor within their respective college. We do not schedule meetings with freshman and there are good reasons for this. Your first year requires courses that this office is unaware of. Also, freshman do not declare their major until they are a sophomore. Even if you know what your major will be or you have questions, your first year advisor is equipped to answer them. Also, check out our website where you will find information about majors and what to expect applying to medical school. 


Sophomore Year-Students officially declare majors.  Sophomores will meet with advisors to make sure they are on track with grades, research, service hours, etc.  Will often want to talk about summer experiences and opportunities.  In addition, students accepted into various study abroad programs will make appointments to ensure that they are meeting requirements for Pre Health and their major during their semester away.  Meetings should be scheduled with Dr. Gursky.


Junior Year- Students will decide between attempting to enter Pre Health / Medical School immediately after graduation, or if they will be taking a gap year.  Advising meetings are typically scheduled with either Fr. Foster or Dr. Kolberg.  Those who intend to matriculate immediately after graduation will initiate the process during their second semester of junior year, and will apply during the summer before senior year.  Those taking one or multiple gap years will complete this process a year later, as seniors.

  1. Communicate with Carry to be added to the 1-credit preparing for health professions course, offered in the second semester
  2. Turn in an Intent to Apply Form, along with the pre-med questionnaire.
  3. Schedule 1-hr Pre-Med Interview with Fr. Foster or Dr. Kolberg
  4. Fill out AMCAS Primary application (Usually opens on June 1st)
  5. Attain letters from recommenders, must be turned into the office by June 1st to receive priority for a committee letter.


Senior Year- Advising meetings are scheduled with either Fr. Foster or Dr. Kolberg. Students taking a gap year will initiate the process above.  Even if taking more than one gap year, they will often turn in an intent form and schedule and interview in order to have a file generated in our office and have a meeting with an advisor before leaving ND.  Students in the midst of the application process will also schedule meetings to update advisors and seek guidance. 


Grad Students/Alumni- Graduate students and ND alumni can also utilize the advising services in our office.  Those not located at ND can schedule phone interviews with our advisors and conduct the process remotely. Please take control of your medical school application within our office. It is your responsibility to reach out in October to let us know you will be reapplying.