Pre-Med & Pre-Health



Free Your Mind and the Best Will Follow

Drew’s pre-health/pre-med curriculum builds a strong foundation of knowledge in the areas of science, social science, humanities and more. An area of concentrated focus rather than a declarable major, Drew’s program provides students with the freedom and flexibility to customize their studies to address unique talents, interests and goals.

Success in The Forest will prepare students for the demands of graduate-level studies and lifelong careers in medical and health-related fields.

Health Professions

Students get health professions advising and support at Drew, and most gain admission to the medical, dental, veterinary, and other health professions schools of their choice. At Drew University, pre-med is a “goal,” not a “major.” Students have freedom to choose from many academic majors while still completing coursework necessary for medical school and other health professions schools. Any student admitted to Drew University may participate in the health professions program.

At Drew University, you will get advice and support from at least two professors: your academic advisor, who is a professor in your chosen major field, and the Health Professions Advisor. The goal of health profession advising is to prepare each student to be as competitive as possible as an applicant to the career of his or her choice. Thus Drew students are given active guidance through the process of preparing for and applying to medical and other health professions schools. Most health professions schools also prefer that applicants work with a University Health Professions Committee. At Drew this is a group of full-time faculty members who provide support, interview practice, and advice about careers and the application process. The Committee also prepares a letter of recommendation for health professions schools based on all of your application materials and credentials.

Health professions school requirements for admission can be different for each school and can differ according to the degree program to which you are applying. Therefore, students should check with each program to which they are applying. Besides coursework, health professions schools often require extensive internships for applicants and there are many such opportunities at Drew. Drew’s Center for Internship and Career Development for an extensive listing of possible internships.

Pick your Path

At Drew, there are two paths to medical school.

Path 1
Drew’s rigorous pre-med program that will prepare you for medical programs nationwide. Drew students applying to doctoral programs, including those at Columbia, Harvard, Penn and Emory, boast an acceptance rate 15 percentage points higher than the national average.

Path 2

A seven-year dual degree in medicine with the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. Successful candidates spend three years of study at Drew and four years at NJMS, completing both BA and MD degrees.

RISE at Drew

Work alongside distinguished industry thought leaders in The Charles A. Dana Research Institute for Scientists Emeriti (RISE) at Drew University, which has included 2015 Nobel Prize Winner William Campbell. Experiential learning at its finest, RISE projects cover topic areas including drug discovery, industrial microbiology, mathematics and more.