Prospective Student FAQs

Here is a list of FAQs for Prospective Students:

  • Isn’t Georgia Tech an engineering school?
    • Georgia Tech is world renowned for its excellent engineering programs but offers strong undergraduate programs in architecture, computing, liberal arts, business administration, and sciences as well.
       
  • What services does Pre-health Advising offer?
    • We advise all pre-health students, including alumni. We do this through individual appointments, walk-in hours, workshops, a pre-health listserv, a resource room, and mentors. We also meet with students during FASET, Tech’s new student orientation
    • During the application process, Pre-health Advising holds workshops to help students prepare for the cycle. Pre-health Advising collects letters of evaluations for students and disseminates them to schools using Virtual Evals. This process allows professional schools to access the student’s letters instantly, while results in the student being reviewed by the admissions committee quickly.
       
  • Can I be a pre-health student in any of the majors?
    • Yes, as long as the requirements of the professional schools are met. There is no “pre-health” major at Tech, but as long as students work together with their major advisor and the pre-health advisor they can major in anything they want.
       
  • What are the pre-requisites for a health profession school?
    • Pre-requisites for health professions schools vary by field and by individual school. There is no hard and fast list of courses that will help you gain acceptance to all medical or dental schools. It is the student's responsibility to make sure that they have checked the prerequisite requirements to the schools they are applying to and have completed the requirements.
    • A great place to start for most medical and dental students is two semesters of Biology with lab, two semesters of General Chemistry with lab, two semesters of Organic Chemistry, Synthesis Lab, and two semesters of Physics with lab. Many schools also require Biochemistry, Microbiology, Cell/ Molecular Biology, and/or Genetics.
    • With the new changes to the MCAT implemented in 2015, students are advised to take Psychology, Sociology, Statistics, and Biochemistry to better prepare for the new exam.
  • What is the acceptance rate of students going into health profession schools?
    • Since 2012, the average MCAT score for an accepted student was 30.2 for Georgia Tech students while nationally the average score for an accepted student was a 29.5. Tech consistently ranks about the national average for acceptance into medical school with 54% of our 2012 applicants gaining acceptance compared to 45% nationwide. The majority of our graduates go to Georgia Regents University, Emory, and Mercer University for medical school, followed by schools such as Johns Hopkins, Duke and Vanderbilt. For other health profession programs, the average trend is that Tech students typically have higher acceptance rates than the national average.
       
  • What factors affect admission into health-profession schools?
    • Medical and other health-profession schools’ selections are based upon several factors, including GPA, MCAT (or DAT or GRE) scores, letters of evaluation, personal history and background, interests, motivation, knowledge and involvement in the health profession, extracurricular activities, and personal interview.
       
  • I heard that the GPA is very important in admissions for professional school. What if my Tech GPA is low?
    • To clarify, more weight is placed on “academic history” than the GPA. Heath profession programs will see the combination of courses you took and your ability to handle them. Schools know the academic legacy that Tech has and are aware of the high standards placed in the classroom. But the great equalizer for the admissions is the admissions test (MCAT, DAT, GRE, etc.). Tech typically has MCAT scores higher than the national average.
  • Does Georgia Tech offer any help in finding volunteer or shadowing opportunities for pre-health students?
    • Georgia Tech’s great location in Atlanta allows for easy access to area hospitals and clinics, even for student who do not have a car! There are many organizations on campus that help connect students to those opportunities. The MOVE organization has over 280 volunteer opportunities, while AMSA, the Pre-Dental Society, and the Pre-Pharmacy Student Association allow students to meet, shadow, and talk with professionals in the healthcare fields.  Student Hospital Connections is another organization that provides students with a great opportunity to get volunteer experience.  In addition, we have a Health Professions Affinity Group, comprised of Tech alumni and friends who work in the healthcare industry that help guide our students.
    • In January 2015, Georgia Tech Pre-health Advising organized the first annual Pre-health Opportunities Fair, which brought many organizations to campus to share the opportunities that they offer to our pre-health community. 
  • Can I study abroad if I want to go to a health professions school?
    • Yes! In fact, it is encouraged for students interested in studying abroad to meet with their academic advisor early in their Tech career to make plans for that opportunity. However, it is not recommended for students to take any of their pre-health coursework abroad.
  • Can I use my Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate credit at Tech?
    • Georgia Tech gives credit for several AP/IB exams. Check out http://www.admission.gatech.edu/advanced-course-credit for more information. Please note though that not every health profession school will accept AP/IB credit. They will want to see you take an additional upper-level course in that subject area. You will not have to retake a course you have credit for. This issue can be discussed in more detail with the Pre-health Advisor.
  • What type of advising can I get through Pre-health Advising?
    • Pre-health Advising is open to all students who are interested in a health profession career. Students can sign up for an appointment at the Georgia Tech advising website, http://advising.gatech.edu/. Walk-in hours are also open to all students for quick questions. Students are also strongly encouraged to add the Office of Pre-Health to their T-Square and join the pre-health listserv.