The university provides prerequisite courses and degrees for students seeking entrance into professional schools. Students are regularly admitted to leading schools in all professional areas. Because admission to most professional schools is highly competitive, students are urged to work closely with an academic advisor on the selection of courses and the sequence in which they are to be taken. Although there are general guidelines for each profession, students should contact the professional program(s) they intend to pursue for specific admission criteria.
The Department of Mathematics, the Department of Physics, Astronomy and Materials Science, and the collaborative Engineering Program share student advisement for all pre-engineering areas. Most students select a major in one of the two departments or continue on with the collaborative Engineering Program. Contact either department or the Engineering Program Office for more information.
The University provides pre-professional education for a variety of health occupations. Some of these professional programs require the completion of a bachelor's degree while others encourage students to apply much earlier in their educational careers. Students may decide on any major area offered by the University, provided they complete the admission requirements for their chosen professional program. In those departments most heavily involved in providing the required academic background, special advisors have been trained for each of the various health areas.
Pre-law students draw on courses, facilities, and services from throughout the University, but primarily those in the Colleges of Humanities and Public Affairs, Arts and Letters, and Business. Many professors have expertise in law-related subjects, teaching in areas such as political science, economics, history, philosophy, the sciences, and business administration, among others. The Academic Advising and Transfer Center can assist, direct, and inform students seeking admission to law school.