AdvisingPre-Health students at SMU have multiple options for making individual connections with faculty and staff. Meeting with an academic or faculty advisor to plan class schedules is required. In addition, students are encouraged to schedule regular appointments with advisors to review progress toward goals. As pre-majors, students consult with academic advisors in the UAC who are dedicated to assisting students make successful transitions to SMU. Once a student has declared a major he or she will meet with faculty and/or staff within the school where the major is housed. For example, business majors schedule appointments with Cox School of Business advisors.
Pre-Health students can schedule appointments with the Director of Pre-Health Advising to discuss preparation for applying to health professions schools – medical, dental, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, and veterinary medicine. The Director of Pre-Health Advising chairs the Health Professions Recommendation Committee (HPRC). Students are encouraged to work closely with the Director when they begin the process of applying to health professions schools, usually in the junior year; however, competitive applicants start planning for admission during, or sometimes before, their first year of undergraduate study.
Advising is by appointment only. Currently enrolled students are encouraged to use the SMU Booking System to schedule appointments. Beginning March 23 through April 3, all advising appointments will take place remotely using Zoom. The Office of Pre-Health advising continues to operate in a capacity to serve our students. Until April 3 (or further notice), all "in-person" experiences will be available remotely.