Application: Process & Preparations | NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Application: Process & Preparations

for medical school, dental school, and other health related professional schools


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Applying to health professional schools is a significant undertaking with many moving parts. Unlike undergrad, students do not just apply widely and get in somewhere. This competitive process results in less than 50% of applicants successfully matriculating into these health schools. The proper discipline and preparation is required for all interested applicants.


How to Prepare

I am a Tandon student and I think I'm prehealth! What should I do?

  • Are you really decided? Speak to a member of the Tandon Prehealth Committee: tandonprehealth@nyu.edu.
  • You can also get an introduction from the NYU CAS Prehealth advisers. While they can help to advise you, your committee letter process will be processed through the Tandon Prehealth Committee.
  • Join the Tandon Prehealth Listserve to receive information and reminders about informative events, updates, and reminders and stay up to date with announcements and events from the CAS Prehealth weekly e-newsletter: the Medical Record, while also monitoring the CAS Prehealth Calendar of Events!
  • Understand and track course requirements for entry into the health profession of your choice:
    • American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) - aamc.org
    • American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) - aacom.org
    • American Dental Education Association (ADEA) - adea.org
    • Associate of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) - optometriceducation.org
  • Review the general premed requirements and their equivalents at NYU Tandon.

General introductory information can be found by going to a NYU Tandon Prehealth Infosession, ran every fall term and geared towards new prehealth students, but including pertinent information for each cycle's application process. Check out the FA20 Infosession recording for a general overview of Tandon Prehealth!

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Visit CAS Prehealth

Even though we are Tandon, we are all one NYU! The CAS Prehealth website has information about preparation, letters of evaluation, standardized tests, interviews, application timeline and more.

Application Process

Most health professional schools require applicants to submit applications more than a year before they plan to matriculate and require, in addition to the completion of the prehealth course sequence, letters of recommendation, evidence of extracurricular involvement, standardized test scores, essays and interviews.

Applicants are expected to participate in the process and stay informed of application procedures in the following ways:

  • Complete Tandon's Prehealth Professions course - PHP-UY 4000. This is required for all students applying to a health professional school and requesting a committee letter. We recommend you complete this course during the academic year in which you are planning to submit your health school application. Otherwise, you would need to complete this the final year of your undergraduate studies, even if you are planning to complete a gap year.
  • Review the medical school application timeline or a dental school application timeline.
  • Submit your intent to apply to a health professional school by November 1st two years prior to the fall term in which you want to begin your health studies (eg. for Fall 2022 matriculation, this form must be submitted in Fall 2020). Only students who submit this intent to apply will be contacted about filling out the Tandon Prehealth Committee Letter application. Reapplicants must submit a new letter of intent.
  • Submit your Tandon Prehealth committee letter application by February 1st one year prior to the fall term in which you intend to begin your studies (eg. for Fall 2022 matriculation, this application must be submitted in Spring 2020).
  • If you haven't already taken it, make sure you have a scheduled date for your health professional school exam (MCAT, DAT, OAT). Reapplicants do not have to resubmit a new committee letter application.
  • Collect recommendation letters from references. These should be submitted to the committee by May 15th. You have two options for having your letters submitted to the Prehealth Committee:
    • You can have references submit their recommendation letters to Interfolio (third party application storage and delivery system). It is free to store letters but there is a ~$50 charge to send them out in any given year. These letters would be able to be sent out to different applications as you wish.
    • You can have references submit their recommendation letters directly to the Tandon Prehealth Committee via email at tandonprehealth@nyu.edu. Feel free to send your references the Tandon Prehealth Committee Letter Recommendation Letter Request Form. It includes tips, guidelines, and requirements about submitting letters.
  • Sit for your Tandon Prehealth committee letter interview. This will be scheduled only after the submission of your committee letter application. Reapplicants do not have to sit for a committee letter interview.
  • Submit your health professional school application. The majority of schools use one of the following common applications. Make sure to check with the individual schools you plan to apply to about what they use.
    • American medical college application service (AMCAS) American association of colleges of osteopathic medicine application service (AACOMAS)
    • Associated American dental school application service (AADSAS)
    • Optometry centralized application service (OptomCAS)
    • Texas medical and dental schools application service (TMDSAS)
  • Submit your committee letter request form to Tandon so that we can add the committee letter packet to your health professional school application. There is no due date for this form as medical school admissions are rolling. That said, the earlier you submit the better as it can take up to two weeks to compile all the documents together for submission. Reapplicants must submit a committee letter request form.
  • Submit any secondary applications you receive from individual schools. It is recommended that you send these back within 2 weeks.
  • Continue to complete coursework, volunteer/shadow, work, take on leadership roles, perform research, do community service, etc. while awaiting interview invitations. Send updates to schools as necessary.
  • While awaiting decisions, start prepping for a reapplication if necessary.

Important information for reapplicants:

  • Reapplicants must follow all of the above steps except completing a new committee letter application and sitting for a committee letter interview. When submitting the committee letter request form, reapplicants should submit a statement about what they have been doing since the last time they applied.