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Applying To Medical Or Dental School

Information for Students Applying to Health Professions Programs in Summer 2024 (Entering Class of  Fall 2025)

Before You Apply

The most important question to ask yourself at this point are, "Am I ready to apply? Have I created the most competitive application possible? Would I benefit from an extra year? A post bac program?" Medical and dental schools see over 5,000 applications a season. They want to read yours once. Make it count!

What To Expect in Medical School 
10 Things to Do to Prepare for Applying to Medical School 
Making the Most of Your Gap Year 



WILF Campus Pre-Health Applicant Orientation
Wednesday, October 25th, 5:45-6:45pm
Belfer Hall Room 817

Slides: EC2025 Applicant Orientation (YU log-in required.  If you do not have one, please email for assistance.)

Recording: EC2025 Applicant Orientation Video  (YU log-in required.  If you do not have one, please email for assistance.)

This orientation is for upper-level students expecting to apply to medical, dental and health programs in the upcoming application cycle (in the current academic year).  The orientation will cover the internal YU application process, what professional school application services are expecting, what applicants will need, and approximate timelines.

Register Your Intent to Apply with the Pre-Health Office

It is vital the pre-health office know that you are planning to apply in the upcoming cycle. Fill out the virtual form here so that the pre-health can track you application process, keep you in the loop on applicant-specific info sessions, and make sure you are ready to apply!

Committee Letter Applicant Registration  - YU log-in required.  If you do not have one, please email for assistance. 

Important Documents

In order to provide you with a committee letter, you need to fill out several forms. Please pay attention to the due dates. Submitting materials on time speaks to your organization and professionalism. 

Self Assessment: Are you ready to actually ready to apply?  The self assessment will help you figure out if you are where you need to be in order to start the application process. Try to answer questions honestly and fully so that you have an accurate sense of where you stand.  

Committee Letter Application: Once you have completed the self-assessment and confirmed that you are ready to apply, you must submit and committee letter application. This may seem like a lot of work, but much of the material covered will be asked again in your actual Med/Dent/Health school application. The application not only allows the pre-health office to get an idea about you as an applicant, but also serves as a rough draft on your actual Med/Dent/Health application. 

FERPA Waivers: Many professional schools prefer to review your scholastic and non-academic record with the understanding that it was obtained confidentially. Under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, you have the option to waive or not to waive your rights to see your records. Please check and sign below. A copy of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 is on file in the Yeshiva College Registrar
's Office. Should you have any questions, please contact us at


Pre-Health Mentors

Pre-Health Peer Mentors are upperclassmen completing the application process who were specially chosen by the Pre-Health Department to assist underclassmen on a variety of issues, including course selection, MCAT and DAT prep, extracurricular activities and other topics. They are a valuable resource, so please feel free to contact them. Their contact information can be found on the WILF Pre-Health Advising Homepage.  

Understanding The Process

Below are links to helpful information from AAMC about applying to Allopathic Medical School 

Applying to Allopathic Medical School 
Deciding Where To Apply 
Applying to MD/PhD Programs 
The Premed Competencies for Entering Medical Students

Below are links to helpful information from AACOM about applying to Osteopathic Medical School 

Applying to Osteopathic Medical School
Deciding Where to Apply

Below are links to helpful information from ADEA about applying to Dental School

Applying to Dental School
Deciding Where to Apply 

Additional Resources

NEW! Interviewing Workshop - Learn the do's and don'ts if the interview process.

Yeshiva University has developed several programs with colleges in the New York area where students can continue their training. Students interested in any of these programs should speak with the Pre-Professional Advisor for more details.

  • The Graduate Program in Physician Assistant Studies at Mercy College
  • New York College of Podiatry
  • NYU School of Nursing
  • Rutgers School of Dentistry—EARLY ASSURANCE
  • SUNY School of Optometry
  • SUNY Upstate Medical College

Remember that the YU Tutoring Program is not only to help you pass courses, but to maintain the GPA (science and non-science) which is required for medical and dental programs. Find more information on our tutoring program page or contact Sara Schwartz at

Writing A Letter of Intent - Special thanks to Mr. Ramon L. Villongco, Assistant Director of Admissions, New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, for this presentation which was used during his session to pre-health students.

The MCAT and DAT exams are one of the most important aspects of your application. Plan ahead. Organize your study schedule. Leave room for contingency plans.

Consult this list to find American medical schools which accept Canadian citizens.

English Equivalency Letter for students who have graduated post Spring 2017 applying to graduate program which require verification that Writing Intensive designated courses are English-based composition courses.

English Equivalency Letter for students who graduated prior to Spring 2017 - For students applying to graduate programs which require verification that First Year Seminar (FYS) and First Year Seminar Honors (FYSH) courses are English-based composition courses.

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