What can you do to become a competitive applicant? 

There are several things you can do to boost your chances of getting accepted into the graduate or professional school of your choice. The earlier you start, the more competitive of an applicant you can become before graduation.

View our Tips for Becoming a Competitive Applicant and visit the Dimensions Pre-Professional Program Overview to learn more about how to become a competitive applicant for admission to graduate and professional school programs.

Application Requirements to Consider   


Cumulative & science GPA (all Biology, Chemistry, Math, and Physics courses) 

Admissions Test Scores


Co-curricular Activities

How have you shown leadership, service, and a commitment to the field you are pursuing?

Learn more about volunteer opportunities at area hospitals

Personal Statement

The Writing Studio and the Associate Director of Dimensions can help you refine your personal statement. Make an appointment with them to review your personal statement before submitting.    

Letters of Recommendation

Ask your letter writers in advanced if they can write you a stellar letter of recommendation. Then, provide your resume, a deadline, personal statement, and the address to where your letter writers should send your letter of recommendation. You should never deliver your own letters of recommendation.

You may also direct your letter writers to the following resources highlighting what admission committees look for in a medical school letter of recommendation. These resources can be applied to any health profession:

Visit the Berry Career Institute website for more information on preparing for graduate school, and assessing whether or not you are ready to apply for graduate programs.