Advising and Placement

Health Professions Advising

Guidance in preparing for professional school, and in sorting out career options, is just as important to undergraduates as the strength of the courses available. Allegheny’s Health Professions Advisory Committee, headed by the Health Professions Advisor, works with over 400 students each year. It provides these crucial services:

  • Two committee advisors (a faculty member and another student) for each health professions student, in addition to the regular academic advisor.
  • Advice beginning in the freshman year to assure that students are doing the right things at the right times: taking the appropriate courses, maintaining grades, preparing for admission tests, etc.
  • Help in exploring the health professions through internships, lectures, and volunteer work.
  • Individual counseling on goals and plans.
  • Help with the application process: collection of recommendations, advice on writing the personal statement, etc. Medical schools have praised Allegheny for the quality of students’ application packets.
  • The Committee Letter of Recommendation, which is more highly valued by professional schools than recommendations from individual faculty.
  • Preparation for admission tests (the Medical College Admission Test is given on campus each spring).
  • Preparation for admission interviews.
  • A library of professional school catalogues and career information.
  • Advisor who is an active member of NAAHP and NEAAHP, organizations devoted to health professions advising.

Placement

  • Over the past 10 years, Allegheny students’ acceptance rate to medical schools (allopathic and osteopathic) has averaged 77%. Our annual rates have ranged to 100% and have never been under 50%. In contrast, the national average rate is about 35% and has been as low as 26% over the same period.
  • In the past 10 years, 36 Alleghenians have been admitted to dental school, representing a 90% acceptance rate.
  • Other acceptances since 1988 (seniors and alumni): 15 of 19 applicants to veterinary schools; 9 of 11 applicants to optometry schools; 5 of 5 applicants to podiatry schools.
  • Alleghenians have been admitted to over 50 medical schools since 1988. The 10 most popular:
    • Temple University
    • University of Vermont
    • Penn State (Hershey)
    • Thomas Jefferson University
    • SUNY-Buffalo
    • University of Pittsburgh
    • MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine
    • University of Rochester
    • Mayo Medical School
    • Case Western Reserve University
  • Others have included
    • George Washington University
    • Georgetown University
    • Medical College of Ohio
    • Northwestern University
    • Harvard University
    • Ohio State University
    • Dartmouth College
    • University of Cincinnati
    • Columbia University
    • SUNY-Syracuse
    • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
    • Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Veterinary schools have included:
    • Ohio State University
    • Cornell Veterinary School
    • University of Pennsylvania
    • Purdue University
    • University of Wisconsin
  • Dental schools have included:
    • University of Pittsburgh
    • Temple University
    • University of Buffalo
    • University of Connecticut
    • Case Western Reserve University