2025 AMCAS® Applicant Guide

Outline of the current AMCAS application process, policies, and procedures.

Using IrishCompass to Connect with ND Alumni in Health Professions!

Thanks to IrishCompass, I easily connected with a network of Notre Dame alumni in healthcare. Their mentorship helped me uncover my motivation for pursuing a healthcare career, which became the foundation of my medical school application. We exchanged stories of our healthcare experiences, which we used to seek opportunities aligned with my passions. This resulted in arranging a medical shadowing experience at a clinic for me this summer! The alumni I spoke with were generous, encouraging, and enthusiastic about guiding me toward my medical profession.  - Isaiah Pereira

Pre-Med Shadowing Handbook by Minha Ansari

Pre-Med Shadowing is a guideline for students embarking on their next shadowing experience. Students may encounter shadowing with a physician with little preparation. Consider this handbook your companion for making a positive impression on the next physician you shadow because a prepared student allows for a more beneficial experience. Join us in the journey of learning to make your next shadowing experience great!

How Should I Be Preparing?

First Year

Your First Year, your Primary Advisor is your First-Year Advisor. Group Advising for Health Professions usually provides sufficient information at this level. First-year students planning to apply to medical school will sign up for our Pre-Health Interests Listserv. We have recommended readings for your first year to prepare you for your Health Professions journey. 

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Sophomores

Students officially declare majors.  Sophomores will meet with Pre-Health Advisors to ensure they are on track with grades, research, service hours, etc.  Sophomores will often want to talk about summer experiences and opportunities.  In addition, students accepted into various study abroad programs will want to make appointments to ensure that they meet Pre-Health requirements and their major during their semester away. 

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Juniors & Seniors

Students will decide between attempting to enter a Health Professions school immediately after graduation or if they will be taking a gap year. Advising meetings are typically scheduled with either Fr. Foster or Dr. Kolberg. Those who intend to matriculate immediately after graduation will initiate the process during their second semester of junior year and apply during the summer before senior year. Those taking one or multiple gap years will complete this process a year later as seniors. 

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Graduate & Alumni

Graduate students and ND alumni can also utilize the advising services in our office.  Those not at ND can schedule phone interviews with our advisors and conduct the process remotely. 

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Bailey Perczak

Accepted into Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine '27

One of the biggest things that I have taken away from my experience as a pre-medical student at Notre Dame is the immense amount of incredible mentors that exist within the University. The Center not only directly provided mentorship from individuals like Dr. White and Father Foster, but also connected me with other faculty that were fundamental to my undergraduate career and pre-medical journey. While the pre-professional process can be stressful, the Center has a comprehensive list of resources and extensive expertise about how to best navigate your way to the finish line. I am so incredibly grateful to have attended a University that not only emphasized compassion, outreach, and service in their pre-professional preparations, but that also fostered a true community along the way. It made all the difference both in my applications and in who I want to be as a future provider as well. 

  • Bailey Perczak

    Accepted into Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine '27

    One of the biggest things that I have taken away from my experience as a pre-medical student at Notre Dame is the immense amount of incredible mentors that exist within the University. The Center not only directly provided mentorship from individuals like Dr. White and Father Foster, but also connected me with other faculty that were fundamental to my undergraduate career and pre-medical journey. While the pre-professional process can be stressful, the Center has a comprehensive list of resources and extensive expertise about how to best navigate your way to the finish line. I am so incredibly grateful to have attended a University that not only emphasized compassion, outreach, and service in their pre-professional preparations, but that also fostered a true community along the way. It made all the difference both in my applications and in who I want to be as a future provider as well. 

  • Quinn Retzloff

    Accepted into the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine '26

    Before I even attended Notre Dame, I asked an upperclassman his best advice for a future Pre-med. He said, “make the Center for Health Sciences Advising your second home under the Dome.” Do just that! Applying to medical school can seem daunting, but my help from the advising team eased that pressure. The Center’s faculty are accessible, knowledgeable and timely with how to prepare for any health profession. Perhaps most importantly, the advising team allowed me to highlight attributes that will serve me well in medicine: compassion, commitment to excellence, and service. For this help, I’m truly grateful.

  • Jessica Igiede

    Accepted into Rush Medical College '26

    During my time at Notre Dame, the advisors at the Center for Health Sciences Advising were extremely helpful and supportive in assisting me to apply to medical school. From my sophomore year, the advisors were there to answer any questions I had as well as encourage me along the journey. Something that they emphasized to me early was to do things that I was passionate about and would allow me to grow, not just activities that I thought would look good on an application. This advice permitted me to enhance my application while allowing my pre-med journey to still be enjoyable. I appreciated how very available the advisors made themselves to me whether that was to assuage any concerns I had or to advise me on how I could continue to grow at each step of my journey. I am beyond grateful for their investment in my growth as an individual and success as a future physician.  

  • Andrew Spittell

    Accepted into UC San Diego School of Medicine '28

    Applying to medical school is a daunting task. It is easy to fall into the trap of receiving input from a million different sources and feeling like you have nobody to guide you. Thankfully, the Center for Health Sciences Advising eliminates that stress and consolidates everything under one roof. Mentorship is crucial for anyone's journey to medical school, precisely what the Center provides. Their faculty and staff are both incredibly approachable and knowledgeable about the process. Get to know these folks; the earlier, the better! I remember asking them so many questions that only they knew the answer to, so take advantage of all they provide!

  • Emma Mazurek

    Accepted into IU School of Medicine (Early Decision Program) '26

    Throughout my undergraduate time at Notre Dame, the Center for Health Sciences Advising was there to answer any questions and alleviate anxieties about applying to medical school. As a science preprofessional studies major, I am thankful for the unique opportunity to have been in class with the advisors and benefit from getting to know them academically and personally. The advisors recognize and work to understand the uniqueness of each student. Moreover, the advisors have supported me throughout my gap year and continue to be an invaluable resource. The Center for Health Sciences Advising helps students achieve their collegiate and graduate goals with candor, compassion, and commitment. I am forever grateful to the Center for Health Sciences Advising for helping me achieve a lifelong goal of attending medical school.

ND Students Visit Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine

ND Students Visit Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine

For the second year, the Center for Health Sciences Advising has offered this opportunity to ND students who want to attend Medical School in the future.