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Health Professions

Medicine can be an exciting and rewarding field of study—and a great career. At the University of Chicago, our traditional liberal arts education in the context of an urban research university, plus powerful advising and campus resources, prepare students for admission to the nation’s top medical schools and health professions programs. With one of the nation’s preeminent academic medical centers on campus, University of Chicago students enjoy unrivaled access to world-class clinicians, researchers, and facilities.

Unlike most universities in the United States, the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine is fully incorporated into the broader biological sciences enterprise. Among the more than 140 undergraduate classes in the Biological Sciences Division alone, many are tailored specifically to the interests of pre-medical students. About half of our pre-medical students major in the biological sciences; others pursue programs of study in fields as diverse as chemistry, psychology, political science, classical studies, and English.

UChicago’s student-to-faculty ratio of six to one allows undergraduates a level of faculty interaction rarely experienced at other large research institutions. As a result, faculty members are able to write tailored letters of recommendation that speak to students’ individual strengths. Schools of the health professions are looking for more than high GPAs and MCAT scores; they value well-rounded students who have cultivated the work strategies required of successful professionals and who have also demonstrated a sustained commitment to serving others. Opportunities to engage in service abound both within and outside the University.

The University of Chicago Medical Center offers outstanding resources for undergraduates interested in medicine. In the 2008 U.S. News & World Report survey of more than 6,000 U.S. hospitals, the University of Chicago Medical Center was ranked 17 and was awarded honor roll distinction for its achievements in multiple specialty treatment areas.