Re-applying to a Professional School

Acceptance into any professional school is both a dream and a challenge for many students. However, the reality is that getting into any professional school is extremely competitive and therefore, not all students will get into the school to which they applied on their first try. For those who were not able to gain admission, your next step should be deciding how to move forward.

Re-applying is your second chance at becoming a more competitive applicant and it also provides you a reality check of who your competition is. In order to take advantage of the situation, it is important to take action through the following steps:

  1. Schedule an appointment with the Director at the Pre-Health/Pre-Law Advising Center. To make an appointment, click here.
    1. In your appointment, it is important to discuss your “Gap Year” and to plan out what you want to do in order to make the year productive
  2. Contact all the schools to which you were not accepted and ask for any feedback, specifically about which areas of your application that you need to strengthen.
  3. Review your application both holistically and in the following components:
    1. Academic Record: If your GPA is not competitive, it is highly recommended to take post-baccalaureate classes or to pursue a master’s degree to obtain more education. This way, you are showing the professional school that you are able to compete at a graduate level.
    2. Entrance Exam Score: For more information on entrance exam preparations click here.
    3. Personal Statement
      • When re-applying, it is extremely important to change your personal statement to show that you have changed/grown since your last application.
      • Answer the question: “How am I a better candidate than the last time I applied?”
      • Write about specific events that shaped your decision for your selected field. Don’t list all your extra-curriculars (that’s what the application is for).
      • For more information on personal statement development, click here.
    4. Experience (volunteering, research, etc.)
      • Think about which area of your experiences is lacking the most and work on that specific area
      • For more information on how to obtain different experiences, click here.
    5. Interview
      • The Pre-Health/Pre-Law Advising provides interview workshops as well as one-on-one interview practice with the Director.
      • For more information and tips on improving interview skills, click here.
  4. Re-evaluate the schools that you have selected and examine whether your application is competitive enough for the school’s expectations of the student.

Your main goal as a re-applicant should be to show admissions committees how you have improved. However, do consider giving yourself enough time to improve and to confirm that you are ready to take on the challenges of professional school education.