We encourage you to plan and prepare as early in your academic career as possible in order to select appropriate coursework and to take advantage of opportunities to explore medicine and to participate in biomedical research while studying at Northeastern.
As an undergraduate, you may be a few years away from your application year. You have some time to explore a variety of healthcare careers in all fields of medicine. It is important that you become knowledgeable about the many roles that healthcare professionals have and how healthcare is provided in the United States. It is also important to gain some research experience. Competent healthcare professionals need to understand how research is done and how to read and understand scientific journals in their fields.
It is also important that you do not “rush” to apply. Many undergraduates come to NU thinking that they MUST apply the year before graduating from NU, (i.e., as juniors) in order to be ready to begin their studies directly after NU graduation. However, your graduation year should not dictate your matriculation year. The best year to apply is the year in which you can be the most competitive applicant you can be. For many NU students, that year is the senior year of college, meaning that there is a “gap” of one year between graduating from NU and entering medical school. For 2010, 47% of the entering class of all US allopathic medical schools reported a gap of at least one year. The average age of the entering class continues to increase. As of 2010, it was almost 24 years of age. For other fields of medicine, the trend is similar.
If you plan to obtain advising through the NU PreHealth Advising Program, click the MedAppTrak link on this page to begin. Be sure to bookmark the PreHealth Website in your primary browser and visit MedAppTrak and the Student/Applicant Pages whenever you have questions about your planning or preparation. If you cannot find what you are seeking, please request an appointment with a PreHealth Advisor or come to see one of us during posted Walk-In Periods.
Be sure to update and assess your academic and experiential portfolio on MedAppTrak regularly to gauge your progress towards your goal!