Pre-Professional Health Advising at Xavier
Welcome! As a Xavier student planning a career in a health profession, you have unique goals and educational plans. Careful consideration and long-range planning must begin now if you wish to join the many Xavier graduates practicing medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, podiatry, optometry, pharmacy, and physical therapy among other rewarding fields in professional health care.
Xavier University is extremely proud that over the past five years, approximately 80% of our students who applied to medical school were accepted, compared to 44% nationally.
The 2012 graduating class enjoyed a 77% acceptance rate to allopathic and osteopathic medical schools. Click here to view the growing list of medical and other professional health schools in which Xavier graduates have been accepted.
A special admissions pathway into medical school is the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine's R.O.S.E. (Research, Observation, Service, Education) Program. ROSE is an "admission pathway" program for Ohio residents in which students apply to UCCOM after the fall of their sophomore year of college. High academic standards, both in GPA and MCAT expectations, plus the extensive summer research and physician mentoring that will be a part of ROSE, make this a very desirable program.
Another special admissions pathway into medical school is the Medical University of Ohio's MEDStart Program. It is an early admission program designed to accept college students during the JUNIOR year of their undergraduate education. This program allows students to enroll into the Medical College of Ohio's School of Medicine program for the next academic year following completion of the four-year baccalaureate education. The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) is not required for acceptance into the MEDStart Program, but certain rigorous undergraduate and high school academic criteria are required to qualify for application.
Professional health is a challenging and demanding career path, yet it can be an extremely rewarding one. Admission into these professional health programs is extremely competitive. You must be well-informed, well-prepared, and very personally motivated to work very hard to gain admission. To view important statistical information about the quality of grades students should earn in order be competitive for medical school or for other graduate health professions, follow this link.
All Xavier students have a faculty advisor in their academic major/area of study. To assist you in all phases of your undergraduate experience, and to help you prepare for successful admission to the health profession school of your choice, Xavier also provides you with specific advising through the office of the Director of Pre-Professional Health Advising, Ms. Kara Rettig-Pfingstag.