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New Student Orientation Guides for Incoming Prelaw and Prehealth Students 


Welcome!  Information is provided here for incoming, new students who are getting ready to attend New Student Orientation in the summer of 2018, and who are considering preparing for a career in health or law. 


Read through the material in this section for tips on what you'll need to know to be well prepared for New Student Orientation advising and registration for fall classes.  Consult information at the links below for your specific career area(s) of interest.  Write down any questions you may have to discuss with your academic advisor during Orientation advising. 


The most common first question many freshmen ask: which major should I choose if I’m interested in admission to law school, medical school, or another health profession school?


You've probably already heard that health and law schools do not prefer one major above others--but is this really true?  The simple answer is "yes."  Major per se is a relatively marginal factor in admission decisions. It is true however that your GPA in whatever major is extremely important.  Therefore, you’ll want to consider majors you’d enjoy and in which you can excel (these two factors are often related).  Also consider majors that might serve as a basis for further study or employment in another field, in case you change your mind about professional school.  You will work with your academic advisor throughout your first year to confirm your major and find an academic path that's a great fit for you.


Once you arrive on campus in the fall, be sure to use the services of the IUB Health Professions and Prelaw Center (HPPLC). HPPLC’s mission is to help IU Bloomington students become thoughtful, well-prepared, successful applicants to professional schools across the country.  Admission to these programs can be very competitive, but the HPPLC staff is here to help you at each step!


Students should be aware that some health professions programs restrict the use of Advanced Placement or credit-by-examination towards meeting admission requirements. Students also should be aware that receiving an exemption from a requirement is not generally considered equivalent to Advanced Placement credit, credit-by-examination, or credit from coursework.  College-level coursework is often preferable for preparation for the exams such as the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). 









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