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Applying to Professional Schools

Students often ask many questions about the process to be admitted to the various professional programs that Wayne State University offers. Here are five important points that anyone, regardless of which program is of interest, should keep in mind:

  • Get an early start!
    We all know the saying "the early bird catches the worm." Applying this idea to your application for a professional program cannot be understated. Professional programs are competitive. This concept means that everyone who applies is compared to a set of criteria and to each other. From the professional schools' point of view, they are less willing to admit a student if you are missing a prerequisite, are asking for an exception to a policy or practice, or your file is incomplete. By starting early, you can make sure everything in your application is complete.
  • Stay updated on the requirements for your specific program.
    One important thing to remember is that in education things can change. The professional programs periodically change the prerequisites and it is your responsibility to make sure you are following the most current information. This situation means you need to see your academic advisor on a regular basis. Your academic advisor can keep you informed of any changes to your prerequisite courses.
  • Make sure you know key application deadlines.
    Knowing the specific deadlines of your program will ensure that you will be considered for the semester in which you wish to enter your program. Unfortunately, many students have everything they need in order to enter the professional program of their choice only to be turned down because they missed the application date. This decision may seem unfair, but, once a professional program admits a class, there are no exceptions.
  • Keep a file of all your application materials.
    Make copies of the materials you have provided to your professional program. This is done for your protection. You never know when something may get lost. You can easily replace the lost materials with your copies and this precaution will allow your file to be considered for the year in which you are applying.
  • Attend open house dates and informational sessions.
    Stay in touch with your academic advisor for specific dates and times.

If you have any questions, or would like more information about the professional programs Wayne State offers, make your appointment online at advisingworks.wayne.edu or call the University Advising Center at (313)577-2680 to make an appointment.