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Pre-Health Advising

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One of our goals at the Vassar Center for Career Education Pre-Health and STEM advising is to have students and alum be in contact with the Pre-Health advisor early in their path. Our hope is that major and pre-major advisors, faculty members, mentors, and anyone else working with our students and alums will encourage prospective applicants to reach out as soon as they think they may want to pursue a healthcare career. A page of specific resources for writing letters can be found here and for advising here. Both pages can also be accessed using the navigation tab on the left. We are easily reached at prehealth@vassar.edu or by calling (845) 437-5285.

Pre-Health and STEM Advising Mission and Values

The Mission of the Vassar Center for Career Education Pre-Health and STEM advising is to offer individualized and inclusive advising to all students and alums interested in learning more about health and STEM careers and how to move along the path toward that career goal. The office encourages students to have a comprehensive approach to education, skill development, and character for engaged citizenship and a career of service to the community and their profession.

Pre-Health and STEM advising staff value students and their individual goals, personalities, gifts, and skills. We also value empowering students to be independent; research their plans; and critically analyze their goals, personal skills, academic record, levels of experience, and motivation for their post-Vassar goals. This is true even when students or alums choose non-health or non-STEM fields.

We strive to support students and alums from where they are, while looking ahead toward where they hope to go. We value helping our advisees grow into individuals who will practice their craft with integrity, intellectual curiosity, and creativity while living purposeful lives of engaged citizenship. Finally, we value diversity in all of its forms while working to actively advocate for and empower those who have been marginalized.

Updated February 2024