General The Application Process The Committee LetterTest Scores
Where is the Pre-health Office?
We are located on the first floor of Furst Hall
in the Advising Office.
When should I meet with the pre-health
As soon as you arrive on campus you should make
an appointment to meet with the advisor in the Advising Office in Furst 107A.
Also be sure to join the pre-health listserv by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
How often should I see the Pre-Health
At least twice a semester (after
mid-terms and before the next semester) and of course anytime you feel you need
guidance about taking a withdrawal or a leave of absence,
My classes schedule is very tight. Will someone
be able to see me late in the day?
Yes. The advisor can see students up until 5:00
on Mondays through Thursdays.
Should I take biology and chemistry
If you were a strong student in science and have
AP credits for biology and chemistry, you should be able to manage both of
these courses at the same time. However, you should be sure that you have the
time needed to complete both courses with excellent grades (3.7 for medical and
3.3 for dental)!
What GPA do I need to be competitive for medical
Over the past three years the average BCPM
(biology, chemistry, physics and math) GPA has been 3.7 for accepted
students. Dental schools are slightly less competitive and
a GPA of 3.3 or higher in your BCPM is required.
I am not sure I want to be a doctor. What other
doctoral programs in the health field are available to me?
You can be an optometrist, a podiatrist, a
physical therapist or a pharmacist. These are all doctoral level programs.
Information about other health care careers can be found at: explorehealthcareers.org/en/home
I want to take some of my science courses in the
summer. Is this advisable?
It is not advisable to do science courses in the
summer. One reason is that you will find it difficult to retain the information
you’ve studied over the summer as the time period of the classes is truncated.
A more important reason is how schools view these courses. Health professions
schools will judge your application based on how competitive your schedule is
and how well you’ve done in science courses. If you are a B+ student in your
sciences and get two A’s in summer school, schools will assume you are really
only capable of B+ work. It would be better to take just one semester of a
course in the summer and take the other half of the course in a regular semester
if you must choose this option.
What course should I begin with if I don’t speak
The first thing is to talk to the ESL advisor,
Professor Silbermintz, email@example.com Your first courses should allow you to practice reading and
writing extensively as these skills will be needed in order to successfully
manage the standardized exams required of ALL health professions schools. Math
courses tend to be easier to manage while learning a new language so completing
your one year of math would be a good use of your time.
I would like to see admissions people when they
come to campus. Will meetings be arranged at night or on Sunday
Yes, we will schedule meetings with admissions
people as late as possible and we will try to arrange for meetings after 3PM on
Sundays. However, our ability to schedule speakers will of course depend on the
speaker’s willingness to visit us at these times.
Where can I get information about volunteer opportunities?
There are volunteer offices at most hospitals.
There are also spots available at nursing homes, hospices, and public health
clinics. Check with the Career Development Center as well. The Pre-health
office has a list of volunteer offices for the five
I want to do my volunteer work in Israel. Is
While volunteer work in any other country is
valid, American medical schools would like to see prolonged service (at least
150 hours) in an American institution. Remember, in order to get into the
schools of your choice you have to be a “unique” individual, someone whom
medical schools will want to diversify their class. Experiences that are done
by everyone else at YU will not give you an opportunity to “shine.”
With the dual curriculum my grades are not as
strong as they could be. Will my health professions schools take this into
It is a buyer’s market! Schools have many
students they can choose from. If your grades are subpar you are likely to be
rejected. You should work on getting a solid “A” average in your science/math
courses for at least one complete year at YU. And you should be sure to take
several upper division courses in biology or chemistry to show you are capable
of the workload you will have as a medical/dental student.
I just decided that I’d like to go to medical
school and I am a senior. What are my options?
You can stay at YU and complete the courses
needed. Or you can apply to formal post-baccalaureate
What is required from a post baccalaureate
program and where are they located?
Postbac programs allow you to complete all of
the science and math requirements you need for your health professions career.
They will provide you with academic guidance, course selection and scheduling
information as well as write a letter on your behalf when you apply. Completing
the work at YU will allow you to stay in an area you are familiar with, but
some of the postbac programs may be better suited to your personal
circumstances. Each has its own set of admission criteria and deadline
dates. In NYC there are four major programs:
For a complete listing of post baccalaureate
programs across the country:
I don’t have a lot of professors that know me
well enough for a letter of recommendation. Can I just ask for letters from
You MUST have three letters of recommendation
from science and/or math faculty. Take your resume and transcripts to them and
ask for a one to one meeting so you might give them information they might need
to write a letter on your behalf.
THE APPLICATION PROCESS
I keep hearing that the application process is
long and complicated. What should I do to avoid the stresses that I see others
going through when they apply?
Students should begin preparing their files at
least a year before they take their professional school exams.
Make sure you’ve kept up with asking about
letters of recommendation or evaluations. Check your file once a semester to
see if your requests have actually arrived in our
Collect reading/study material you will need to
prepare you for these tests. Update your resume every
File for your Committee letter well before the
stated deadline; we will assign people on a first come, first served basis. If
you wait too long and we are unable to provide a letter for you schools will
ask WHY! Letting schools know that you missed important deadlines that impacted
on your ability to get a letter from us will certainly harm your
What is the Committee letter?
Your Committee letter is an extensive letter
from the Pre-Health Advisor comprised of comments made by faculty, lab
instructors and recitation instructors here at YU when they write a letter on
your behalf. Your letter will also contain any letters of recommendations you
may receive from outside of the school. This is in ADDITION to the mandatory
1-hour meeting with the Pre-Health Advisor in which the applicant’s background,
motivations and experience are discussed in depth. The comments made in all of
these letters are the “meat and potatoes” of your Committee letter. Too few
comments will make your letter weak and ineffective. This is turn will
translate into no interviews! You are responsible for gathering these letters
How many letters do I need for a Committee
Students need to obtain seven letters if they
are pre-med, at least three of which must be from science and/or math teachers.
Pre-dental students need four letters, two of which must be from science and/or
math teachers. All recommendations are kept on file in the Pre-Health
I have several letters that are going to be
coming in from a variety of places. I am worried that they will be lost or
delayed. Are there any services I can use that will store and send these letters
to your office?
The most effective method for submitting letters
of recommendation to the Pre-Health office is via email. Have the
recommender—whether a YU faculty or outside of YU—send the letter (signed,
dated and on letterhead) as a pdf attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why must I get copies of all transcripts when
transfer courses are listed on my YU transcript?
Students must have on file any transcripts for
schools they have attended other than YU. These courses may be listed on your
transcript but your professional schools will want each individual transcript
from every American or Canadian school you’ve attended. We need them as well in
the event there is a problem or discrepancy that needs to be addressed. Your
Israeli transcripts are not needed.
Why do I have to have an interview with the
The pre-health advisor
meets with you to gain information not learned from the autobiographical packet
and to provide you with practice on answering questions in an interview setting
and to complete a highly personalized Committee Letter which basically
introduces the applicant to the Admissions Committee of the schools they
What happens once I’ve completed all of the
Once we have your autobiographical packet and
you’ve met with the pre-health advisor, a letter is written and transmitted as
a part of your application. The letter is then finalized and ready to be sent
via mail or electronically.
How soon will my letter be ready after the
interview with the advisor?
It will take several weeks to finish your
letter. It has to be written, discussed, and then final revisions are made.
Once the letter comes back to our office in its final stage we will upload the
letter to the appropriate service.
Is there a fee for sending my letters?
No, Yeshiva does not charge you a fee for the
Should I take a test prep course?
Test prep courses are expensive and often
require classroom time you may be unable to spare. However, if you are someone
who needs outside pressure to get your work done a test prep program may be
worth the money.
Why do I have to release my scores to the
Your test scores are an important part of your
application. The pre-health adviser is not being nosy! By releasing your scores
to our office you afford us an opportunity to help you make an informed
decision about what you should be doing. We do not share the scores with
others. We do not use the scores to rate you or compare you to other YU
students. However, if a health professions school contacts us about your
application we need to know what your scores are so we might address any
concerns the schools may have.
My test scores are bad. Should I apply
Your test scores are the biggest factor in the
admissions process. If you have bad or even marginal scores your chances of
success are greatly diminished. Before spending a lot of money on an
application you should try and retake the exam and improve upon your
performance. There is no substitute for a poor score.
What is a good score?
MEDICAL: If you are applying to medical school
the MCAT is the test you will take. The average MCAT score for accepted
students in 2010 was a 509 with at least 125 in every section. However, schools
in the Tri- State region have significantly higher scores for accepted
students. There is a chart published by the AAMC that gives acceptance rates
based on GPA and MCAT scores. The average for Einstein is 514.
DENTAL: Students applying to dental school take
the DAT. The DAT tests your knowledge of Biology, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry,
Reading, and Math. Physics is required to enter dental school but it is not
tested on the DAT. For 2015 the accepted student scores had an average of 20 on
the DAT (with no less than 18 on any individual section). Top schools such as
Columbia and UPenn had significantly higher scores for accepted students.
Updated: September 9, 2016
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