Programs and Services
The Health Professions Advising Office (HPAO) at the University of Mississippi is the only full-service office of its kind in the state of Mississippi. Our mission is to counsel all UM health professions students on available opportunities for a health care career and advise students toward a competitive application. We are highly active in building relationships with professional schools around the country and abroad. We actively pursue knowledge in order to present you with the most current information possible. We take your aspirations and help you to become the best!
Health professions sections of the university’s freshman orientation course.
Our HPAO staff offer a specific health professions-themed section of the EDHE 105: First-Year Experience course taken by the vast majority of freshmen. This freshman orientation course is designed to ease the transition from high school to college, and provide a systematic way to connect with the university and resources. Our health professions-themed section also gives our students an introduction to the health professional pathways.
Locating shadowing opportunities.
Whether it is virtual shadowing or in-person shadowing, our office maintains a database of health professionals to help in your search for these required experiences.
Placement in intensive summer programs across the country.
Health-related experiences are extremely important to your application. We help secure research, clinical, and volunteer experiences off campus and across the country. We even offer experiences abroad for students that want to combine study abroad with clinical and/or shadowing opportunities.
Guest speakers from professional schools.
Representatives from special programs such as the Rural Physicians program and admissions representatives from various professional schools regularly come to campus. They hold one-on-one meetings with students for a specific pre-application session and provide group info sessions about the profession and their school.
Assistance with your application process.
The applications to professional school are extremely detailed and are your first impression. We offer application review of every section of the application.
Assistance with writing a personal statement.
We offer personal statement workshops, as well as individualized reviews and edits of your personal statement.
Mock interview practice.
Interviews are of extreme, and increasing importance to most professional schools. This can be the tipping point for many applications. Our office prepares you by conducting mock interviews of various formats, including virtual and in-person interviews.
Free entrance exam prep materials.
It is difficult to navigate the many test prep opportunities. We assist students with identifying the best prep materials for their health professions. We even offer limited free prep books and exams.
MCAT special coaching sessions.
The MCAT can be a daunting, 7-hour exam. We hope to ease your stress by giving you the full-length exam in a similar testing environment. You will then get a complete review of your strengths and weaknesses in order to guide your preparation for the real exam.
With our university’s excellent academic preparation and HPAO programs and services, what is the evidence of our student success? We look to the scores on entrance exams and acceptance rates, because your success is our success!
Our pre-health students are highly competitive applicants, who’ve gained entrance to top-ranked health professional schools. For example, our acceptance rate to medical school tops the national average.
UM medical school acceptance is 58% (43% nationally)
For the students who engage with the HPAO office 5 times or more, their acceptance rate is:
78% for medical school
91% for dental school
Where have our students been accepted?
Our students apply to medical and dental schools across the nation, and here are the places our more recent cohorts were accepted.
A sampling of the class of 2020’s acceptances to healthcare programs
Auburn University’s Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
Emory University School of Medicine, Nursing Master’s Program
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
University of Alabama School of Optometry
University of California at San Francisco School of Dentistry
University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine
University of Louisville School of Dentistry
University of Mississippi Medical Center, School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
University of Pennsylvania, Sidney Kimmel Medical College
University of Texas School of Medicine
Tulane University School of Medicine
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine