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Applications to professional schools have risen steadily in recent years, resulting in keen competition for available seats. In addition to hard work and thorough preparation in the sciences, prospective applicants must demonstrate a well rounded background with a variety of interests.
Stockton graduates have been accepted to some of the finest medical, dental, veterinary and other graduate professional schools in the country. The list of such schools includes Stanford, Georgetown, Case-Western Reserve, Tufts, University of Pennsylvania, University of Chicago, New York University, and all of the schools within the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Stockton graduates have generally reported that the College prepared them well enough to compete with students from any college or university in the country.
The publication Medical School Admission Requirements, prepared by the Association of American Medical Colleges, indicates that the largest single percentage of applicants to medical schools have majored in biology, with the next most common major being chemistry. It is possible to major in music, history, philosophy or other disciplines and still gain admission to a professional school, provided that the student does well in all of his/her courses, plans ahead carefully and meets the specific science requirements of the chosen professional school.
Professional schools are concerned with the overall quality and scope of a student’s undergraduate work. Careful planning is the key. As soon as students identify an interest in a profession, they should consult the Health Professions Advisor and a current edition of a relevant publication such as Medical School Admissions Requirements, Dental School Admissions Requirements or Veterinary Medical School Admissions Requirements.
Students are expected to have a solid foundation in biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics regardless of their choice of major, but there is more to the health professions than just science.
The undergraduate years at Stockton provide an opportunity for the in-depth pursuit of non-science subjects of interest, and for developing a well-rounded liberal arts and sciences background. Some students (especially transfer students) may even wish to plan carefully a B.A. in Liberal Studies. This degree allows the students,
working in close consultation with the College Health Professions Advisor and a Liberal Studies advisory committee, to develop an individually tailored interdisciplinary degree program that best prepares them for professional school. Students interested in this option should consult the appropriate section of the Bulletin and the Dean of General Studies for further information.
Dual Degree Pharmacy and Accelerated Health Professions applicants must also complete the Stockton Application for admissions in addition to the program specific application. Be aware that completed Pharmacy (criteria) and Health Professions applications (criteria) for Fall 2013 must be postmarked by December 15, 2012.
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