Applying to health professions school is a grueling and competitive process, and it is normal to feel disappointment, anger, and/or sadness if you are not accepted. Keep in mind that initial rejection does not always mean the door to a health professions career is closed forever. For many, it is a temporary delay and although it may take multiple cycles before they are accepted, they eventually continue their education and start their careers in healthcare.
After processing your emotions, it is important to reflect and attempt to understand why your application was not accepted. There are a few ways to gather objective information. Schools will often publish a profile of the incoming students, including metrics such as average GPA, test scores, and number of shadowing hours. Some, but not all, schools will provide feedback about your application, especially if you advanced to the interview process, so check with the admissions office. In addition, seek out advice from the Health Professions Pathways Program, faculty advisors, and other mentors.
Now what? You have a decision to make about whether you will reapply or to pursue other career options. If you choose to reapply, timing is important. The initial reaction may be to immediately reapply, but you may need additional time to improve your candidacy in terms of academics, standardized exam scores, and/or additional experience. As a re-applicant, schools will want to see that you have done work to reaffirm your commitment to this career field.
If you choose to pursue a different career option, please reach out to Career & Professional Development for support and resources. Alumni have lifelong access to their services.