Frequently Asked Questions
- What is Pre-Professional Advising (PPA)?
- Our office exists to help guide students during their time at the U towards professional
schools, specifically related to health and law. Our advisors help students choose
appropriate classes, plan schedules, prepare professional school applications, and
become more aware of events and involvement opportunities.
- Where is your office located?
- Our advisors are currently located in three different locations: Building 44, the
Marriott Library, and HPER N. When booking an appointment with us, please make sure
to check the location of your appointment in the confirmation e-mail.
- How can I schedule an appointment with an advisor?
- You can book an appointment by going to our website, calling our office, or visiting
the office in person. Our advisors may only see certain types of students (only first
years, pre-health students, etc.), so be sure to double check you are meeting with
the correct advisor. Once you meet with an advisor, you can continue to meet with
them if you would like. Our office also offers phone appointments in the case you
cannot come to campus. Visit us or contact us directly in order to book.
- How do I cancel an appointment?
- To cancel an appointment, you can contact our office or use the cancellation link
in your confirmation e-mail.
- Are there any Walk-In hours for an appointment?
- Our office mainly sees students by appointment only. Depending on availability or
time of year, we may do walk-ins. Those dates/times will be posted to our website
- What do you mean I can major in whatever I want?
- Most professional schools will only require that you take certain courses in order
to apply for their program, not a specific major, so study what you love!
- Can I take classes at a community college to fulfill prerequisite and major requirements?
- Depending on the professional school, community college credit may or may not be accepted.
You must check with their admissions requirements to verify whether or not they will
count. If you do take courses at a community college, it is normally recommended to
take upper level science courses at a 4 year institution. You will also need to check
with your major advisor to see which courses you would be allowed to take at a community
college, as some majors may dictate which ones can transfer to their specific department.
- I am taking AP/IB/Concurrent credits in high school. Will these transfer to the University
- AP/IB/Concurrent Enrollment credits will transfer to the University of Utah if you
have passed the exam with a certain score, or course with a passing grade. However,
professional schools normally do not accept specifically AP/IB credit. You must check
the admissions requirements of your desired program or visit our office to speak with
an advisor to get more information. Concurrent Enrollment credits may be accepted
as long as they are taken at a higher education institution.
- What are extracurricular activities and why should I participate in them?
- Extracurricular activities are a way to become a well-rounded applicant and show your
vision, passion, and commitment to helping others in a health or law related profession.
Professional programs and schools normally recommend/require a combination of community
service, leadership experience, research, patient care, and/or shadowing. There are
many different ways that you can get involved. To find out more information on extracurricular
activities, check out the links on our website. As each professional school may have
different requirements, it is very important that you check their admissions requirements
and keep track of them.
- Do I have to take an admissions test?
- Your desired professional school may require that you take an admissions test in order
to apply for their program. Each type of professional school can have a different
admissions test. For example, medical schools require that students take the MCAT
(Medical College Admissions Test). Check to find out what test could be required for
your program or make an appointment with one of our advisors to get more information.
- How do I prepare to apply for my desired program?
- As you get closer to finishing your program requirements, we highly recommend that
you come see an advisor as we can guide you through the application process and answer
any questions you may have.
Contact PreProfessional Advising
PPA Advisor Office Locations:
Main PPA Office: Mayumi Kasai, Amy Urbanek and Cari Winger: Building 44, Room 206 [MAP]
Marriott Library: Shelley Nicholson and Tam Mai: On the 2nd floor, in the South West
corner of the Knowledge Commons
HPER North: Heather Crum, Room 234
Mon, Tue, Wed & Fri.
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
The office will be closed for planned events on:
- MLK Day: Monday, January 15, 2018
- Presidents' Day: Monday, February 19, 2018
- Memorial Day: Monday, May 28, 2018
Appointments are required. Please call 801-581-5744 to schedule an appointment.
If you are a prospective student (freshman, transfer, post-baccalaureate) visiting
our office for the first time, please call 801-581-5744 or email email@example.com to schedule an appointment.
"10 minute rule"
Please try to arrive a few minutes early to check in before your appointment time.
Students who are more than 9 minutes late will be rescheduled.