• Know who your adviser is and how to contact him/her.
  • Be able to navigate MyAkron, including accessing and using your DARS (Degree Audit Reporting System) audit.
  • Become familiar with the 4 year Curriculum Guide.
  • Explore academic, career, and personal interests.    
  • Become familiar with the General Education requirements.
  • Know and adhere to the 32 / 48 rule.
  • Know how to access the Curriculum Guides for individual majors.
  • Become familiar with UA academic calendar/deadlines, add/drop, registration dates, etc.
  • Become familiar with UA student clubs and the co-curricular experience– get started at OrgSync.
  • Understand the University’s expectation for student behavior (The University of Akron Student Code of Conduct) and the consequences of behavior on future employment.
  • Learn to manage your time successfully so that you are able to complete assignments and still manage personal responsibilities (including coming to understand that sometimes you cannot do it all).
  • Learn to ask for help when you need it rather than attempting to deal with overwhelming situations, including attending your instructors office hours alone.
  • Learn about/take care of financial aid responsibilities, including filing FAFSA on time.
  • Discover your own personal learning style and learn how you can use it to be a more successful student.
  • Become familiar with campus services (Office of Student Academic Success, Office of Accessibility (OOA), Career Center, Counseling Center (CC), Office of Multicultural Development (OMD), etc.
  • Learn what future employers expect of their employees and adopt a level of academic integrity that will provide a foundation of ethical behavior in the career arena.                           
  • Discover/assess skills, values, talents, strengths, and weaknesses.


  • Work with your adviser to begin to narrow your interests to determine a major if not admitted to your major.
  • Explore experiences that will help you clarify goals and interests (co-ops, internships, undergraduate research opportunities, professional organizations, mentorships, student employment, volunteerism, study abroad, etc.).
  • Explore course requirements (What IF? feature in DARS) for potential majors, minors or certificates and start to make faculty contacts in the respective departments.
  • Determine if your strengths and interests fit your major/career choice through discussion with your adviser and a career counselor in the Career Center.
  • Visit the Career Center and begin to develop a resume, cover letter, and/or portfolio.
  • Explore/apply for UA scholarships and other scholarship sources and adhere to deadlines.


  • Get to know your faculty adviser/mentor in your major, minor or certificate plan.
  • Get to know 2 to 3 faculty members in your major field of study- important for letters of recommendation.
  • Complete a junior review and update you advising worksheets with your college adviser. Check your DARS report.
  • Register with the Career Center (if you haven’t already) to map out a job search plan.
  • Research criteria for internship and co-op opportunities - visit the Career Center; meet deadlines for participation.
  • Research multiple career options within your field of study to determine best fit.
  • Make academic, career, personal decisions – it’s a lifelong skill!
  • Research employment or graduate school options and requirements for admission and/or employment.        
  • Begin the networking process; consider participating in career/employment fairs.
  • Be aware of graduation process/dates/deadlines.
  • See faculty adviser for input on identifying and addressing additional education/skills needed for employment or for graduate school.  Check registration dates for GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, etc.).


  • Begin the graduation application process.  Check your DARS report.
  • Get to know 2 to 3 faculty members in your field of study - important for letters of recommendation.
  • Polish your resume, cover letter, and portfolio.
  • Take advantage of Career Fairs and on-campus interview opportunities.
  • Apply to graduate or professional school(s).
  • Prepare to market yourself to potential employers/graduate schools by articulating your skills and knowledge acquired through your course of study.
  • Continue networking.

Pre-Professional Health Advising

Congratulations on considering a career in the health field!  Your education here at The University of Akron is foundational to your continued pursuit of graduate/professional school, and Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences is committed to assisting you achieve your dreams! 

Please click on the link below to find resources relevant to the health professions degree you plan to pursue: