Although there are many different kinds of health professionals, they all share two important things:
- a desire to help people
- a willingness to continue education every day of their life!
The Health Professions Advising Office (HPAO) at the University of Mississippi embodies the spirit of those driving passions for health professionals. A 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 take your aspirations and help you to become the best!
HPAO success is shown by scores on entrance exams and acceptance rates, because your success is our success.
Our students’ scores on the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) have always been high, but this year they are the highest they’ve ever been.
UM CLASS OF 2021 MCAT Scores
Two students: 100th percentile
Sixteen students: Above 90th percentile
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 average acceptance is 56% acceptance (44% nationally)
- For the students who engage with the HPAO office 5 times or more, their acceptance rate is 78% for medical school. A similar statistic for dental school is 91% acceptance rate!
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
Dr. Sovent Taylor, Ed.D.
Director of Health Professions Advising Office