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Expectations of Admissions

Admissions for healthcare professional schools is a highly competitive and holistic process where both quantitative and qualitative characteristics are taken into consideration at each level of application. Each year, well-qualified students are turned down despite having completed all basic requirements for admission. A competitive student is a well-rounded individual who seeks opportunities to grow both socially and professionally. It is not enough to excel academically. To be considered for any professional school, you will want to focus on your development as a whole person: academically through coursework, scholastically with honor societies, clubs, and organizations, socially through your community through service, missions, leadership and volunteer work, and professionally through shadowing, work, internship(s), and related field experience.

Academic Excellence

Demonstrate academic excellence through strong entrance exam scores and a competitive overall and prerequisite grade point average. Students should be aware of admissions standards for each of these measures at their specific schools of interest, keeping an eye out for specific coursework required for eligibility and recommended for competitive applicants.

Healthcare Experience

Demonstrate healthcare experience through shadowing healthcare professionals in a diverse array of settings, participating in research, or gaining internship experience. Professionals want to see that you have been well exposed to the profession, understand what is involved, and still desire to pursue it as a career. Students should gain as much experience as possible without sacrificing grades. Be sure to understand what, if any, standards exist for your professional schools of interest as it relates to minimum expectations for these experiences.

Campus and Community Engagement

Demonstrate campus and community engagement through involvement and leadership in extracurricular activities such as community service, student organizations, and research. Students should engage in activities that develop skills such as time management, conflict resolution, initiative, accountability, and perseverance. Clemson has many student organizations that you might consider.