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Had I not attended TCU, I am not sure that I ever would have been accepted in to dental school.  My personal relationship with the professors helped so greatly with my letter of recommendation and I was told that it was one of the best, letters they had ever reviewed.

-Kris Blodgett, D.M.D – TCU Class of 1996, Dentist in Portland, Oregon

TCU doesn't just give you the degree you need to move on, TCU gives its students an education and the promise that they will succeed.

- Hayden Fuller - TCU Class of 2012, Student at University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry

The Pre-Health Professions Team was so supportive and helpful when I was applying to medical school.  That support meant so much and helped me get accepted.

- Diane Hesselbrock, M.D. - TCU Class of 1996, Neurologist in Richmond, VA

The program has done so much to help young people achieve their goals.

- Dan Doss, D.D.S. - TCU Class of 1974, Pediatric Dentist in Fort Worth

Few Pre-Health programs can boast medical school acceptance rates in the range of 80 to 95% that have remained steady for the past ten years.

- Jim Wagner, M.D. -Associate Dean for Student Affairs, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School

The leadership, mentorship, and extracurricular experience that I gained through the Pre-Health Professions Program was a distinct advantage in helping me gain admission into my first choice medical school.

- Wendy Wright Seigler, TCU Class of 1994, Medical Director of the Neuroscience Critical Care Unit at Emory University Hospital Midtown

Choosing a Major

Pre-Health at TCU is a career track, not a major. Most Pre-Health students choose to major in the sciences – choosing majors with degree requirements that overlap with professional school pre-requisites. Click here for a general overview of the Pre-Health curriculum. The most common Pre-Health majors include Biology, Neuroscience, Chemistry and Biochemistry. See the links at the bottom of this page for more information about these majors.

Should I choose a BS or BA degree?

Many Pre-Health students choose the Bachelor of Science (BS) over the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree because of the overlap between degree requirements and professional school pre-requisites. However, most professional schools do not prefer one degree over the other. The BA is typically the best choice for transfer students, students that join the Pre-Health program late in their college career and students that plan to double major (see section below).

Can I major outside the sciences? Is it possible for Pre-Health students to double major?

Most professional schools do not require students to major in a specific discipline. Thus, Pre-Health students are free to major in any subject as long as they complete the pre-requisite coursework of their desired professional program. However, students must demonstrate that they are prepared for and capable of succeeding in rigorous science classes before they will be accepted to professional school. Professional schools will assess students cumulative and science GPA as well as scrutinize the rigor of their undergraduate coursework. Students who take the minimum science coursework will be at a disadvantage unless they demonstrate significant science aptitude through their science GPA and/or their performance on the professional school entrance exam.

We encourage all students to explore courses outside of the sciences. Beyond helping students become more well-rounded individuals, significant coursework and experiences in non-science disciplines could help students distinguish themselves during the professional school application and interview process. Students that are interested in subject areas outside of the sciences are encouraged to consider a double major – majoring in their other area of interest and one of science disciplines mentioned above – or majoring in a science discipline and minoring in their other area of interest.

More information about the most common degrees chosen by Pre-Health students

Biology Neuroscience Chemistry and Biochemistry