A student handling a plastic skeleton.

So you’re thinking about embarking on the journey to medical school? Join the club! As you may already know, in order to apply to medical school, there are certain requirements you need to fulfill. Premed students are undergraduates who intend to pursue a career in health care, such as medicine, dentistry, or pharmacy. At NYU, “prehealth” means you are on track to complete the academic requirements for applying to medical school! NYU’s prehealth track gives students the opportunity to pursue their academic and professional interests while receiving guidance to best prepare them for their goals.


At NYU, premed is a track called prehealth. This means you can major in any discipline and still be on track for medical school. For example, I am a Global Public Health and Biology major on the prehealth track. This means I will complete the requirements to graduate with my desired degree and the ones necessary to apply to medical school! My major closely aligns with the prehealth courses so I do not have to take many additional classes to complete the track. But do not fret! If you want to become a doctor but have other interests that you want to pursue as a major, you don’t have to choose between the two. Because the track is set up for you to complete it in addition to your major, you can major in something like music performance, English, sociology, math, and the like.

A female-resenting student of color conducting research in an experimental laboratory at NYU Abu Dhabi.


The prehealth track is run and overseen by the College of Arts and Science. The College Advising Center guides students through their undergraduate studies. They provide support and advice to make sure you accomplish your goals while at NYU. The Preprofessional Advising Center houses advisers specifically for students on different preprofessional tracks, including premed students! You will work with your adviser as needed throughout your undergraduate years and build relationships. The advising office has both walk-in and appointment-based services, allowing you to get the help you need when you need it. Additional resources, such as application workshops, career seminars, and internship, volunteer, and job opportunities, are available through the Preprofessional Advising Center!

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The Community

You may be wondering what the “prehealth environment” is like here at NYU. It for sure feels somewhat daunting to enter a new school and program. For me, the environment is collaborative and motivating. I have learned that having a support system is vital to accomplishing your goals. Embarking on the journey to becoming a doctor takes bravery and passion. It is a long road of schooling and hard work, but as a premed student, you have the opportunity to connect with other like-minded, goal-oriented students. Building relationships with my peers has encouraged me to continue my hard work and has taught me so much. 

There are a multitude of student-run organization on campus, including ones for prehealth students! At the beginning of my second year, I joined Phi Delta Epsilon (PhiDE), the premed coed fraternity on campus. As a first-generation college student with no familial background in medicine, I felt I needed a support system of other premed students to make up for the support I lacked elsewhere. PhiDE gave me exactly that! Whether you’re seeking support through your classmates or extracurricular activities, finding your own premed community will help you feel supported. 

Group photo of the members of Phi Delta Epsilon
Three members of Phi Delta Epsilon medical fraternity
Members of Phi Delta Epsilon
Members of Phi Delta Epsilon

Michelle Alvarado (she/her) is a rising sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Global Public Health with a concentration in Biology and minoring in Social Entrepreneurship. Originally from New Jersey, Michelle came to NYU as a first generation college student aspiring to earn her degree in the city that never sleeps. When she isn’t working on campus as an Office Assistant or Admissions Ambassador, Michelle can be found admiring NYC dogs or studying at her favorite coffee shop near campus. She is a member of a Panhellenic sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma, and Hall Council. Michelle is passionate about helping others and hopes that by sharing her journey, she can inspire others to chase their dreams.