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Mission Statement

The mission of Pre-Health and Pre-Law Advising (PHPL Advising) is to teach and guide Pre-Health and Pre-Law students in any undergraduate major to become competitive applicants for health professional schools and law schools.

Vision Statement

The vision of Pre-Health and Pre-Law Advising (PHPL Advising) is to maintain a standard of excellence as a university-wide academic advising office and resource. As a unit within the Division of Student Learning and Academic Success, we strive to facilitate our knowledge to our students and to be university-wide collaborators with our partners in the advising community, faculty, and administration. We will maintain professional, trustworthy, and reliable relationships with our students and be a respected resource for advisors and the faculty. We aim to be inspirational, motivational, and to do our best for every student we meet with, but we will also use our knowledge of evidence and statistics to provide our students with a realistic view of their competitiveness for admission to a program when necessary. As Pre-Health and Pre-Law advisors, we will be on the cutting-edge of the information flow in our field so we can keep our students up-to-date and can help them use this information to make informed decisions about their future. Our advising and innovative services for our Pre-Health and Pre-Law students will be a model for others in the state, region, and nation.

Student Learning Outcomes

As a result of participating in Pre-Health and Pre-Law advising, students should KNOW the following information:

  • Academic and prerequisite course requirements and extracurricular experience options
  • Personal areas of strength and weakness in relation to what is sought by admissions committees for their chosen profession
  • Strategy/plan to address any weaknesses/gaps in their courses or experiences
  • Timeline for academic and extracurricular growth until they apply for admission
  • Current level of competitiveness for admission to their chosen profession
  • Aspirational goals for their GPA and extracurricular experiences (ex. types and numbers of activities)
  • There is no “formula” for admission to health professional schools or law schools; each student’s interests and life experiences will help them shape their own path toward admission

As a result of participating in Pre-Health and Pre-Law advising, students should be able to DO the following:

  • Locate resources if in need of academic assistance (ex. SARC or Math Lab) or extracurricular activities (ex. hospital volunteering or potential opportunities for research)
  • Choose the courses and extracurricular activities to enhance their competitiveness for admission
  • Balance their courses and extracurricular activities to maintain strength in both
  • Strategize how to best proceed with their courses and extracurricular activities based on their own personal set of life circumstances
  • Recognize when they need academic advisement or other forms of assistance if they are struggling

As a result of participating in Pre-Health and Pre-Law advising, students should VALUE/APPRECIATE the following:

  • Engaging in challenging courses and broad extracurricular activities to develop and expand on their knowledge, vision, and mind
  • Pushing themselves beyond their comfort zone to personally grow and learn about their chosen professional career goal
  • Embracing and showcasing a uniqueness in themselves and their experiences
  • Forging relationships with like-minded peers and faculty members
  • The need to become a well-rounded student and applicant
  • The collaborative, working relationship with their Pre-Health/Pre-Law advisor
  • The need for holistic review by admission committees in the admissions process