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Pre-Health

The overall medical school acceptance rate of Lake Forest College graduates is nearly twice the national average. Graduates of our Pre-Health programs go on to advanced study at top medical schools, including Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, and top Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine including Marian and A.T. Still University.

The pre-health advising program assists students who are interested in entering programs in the health professions, including medical and dental school, nursing school, pharmacy school, physical therapy training, physician assistant programs, and veterinary school. The program is open to all majors but the most popular majors include biology, chemistry, neuroscience, biochemistry and molecular biology, psychology, Spanish, and mathematics.

How we prepare our students for success

Our Personal Approach to Advising

Advising begins the moment you step on campus before your first semester. Your pre-health advisor acts as your second advisor to guide you through planning your undergraduate experience to ensure you have the credentials and tools necessary to be successful no matter what your post-graduate plans are. 

Our Dual Degrees and Affiliations

Our strategic partnerships with neighboring health professional schools such as Rosalind Franklin University, Rush University, and DePaul University, help students gain the education and advanced skillset needed to excel in their chosen field of study. Our dual degree programs provide students a leg up in their graduate studies when they choose to pursue a select number of master’s or doctoral degrees.

Our Proximity to Chicago

Chicago is our second lab, classroom, and research site. Students intern and research at world-class institutions in and around Chicago like the Shirley Ryan Ability Labs, Illinois Bone and Joint Institute, Rosalind Franklin University, Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, Horizon Pharma, Abbvie, Abbott Labs, and Medline, and many local area hospitals. These internships and research opportunities lead to valuable networking opportunities and career-building connections.

Our State-of-the-Art Equipment

Our labs are equipped with cutting-edge instrumentation to facilitate high-level collaborative research for students and faculty—opportunities not often available to undergraduates at large universities. Experience with such equipment and conducting research alongside faculty mentors has proven to be a valuable differentiator for our students when applying to top graduate and medical schools as well as securing competitive jobs in science related fields.  

Our Research Opportunities

Working closely with PhD faculty experts in their fields of study, students are introduced to research as early as their first year. Our newly renovated and expanded Lillard Science Center provides the space and equipment needed for students to build an impressive research-based resume, giving them an edge in graduate school or the job search.

 

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