Pre-Professional & Pre-Graduate School Advising

Click on the individual track below for beneficial information and links to specific pages.

  • Pre-Business

    Who should I contact for information on the Pre-Business Program?

    Sharon Payne
    Adviser for students entering WFU Fall 2017 and Fall 2020 (Sharon has the current first-year students and seniors)

    Whitney Milhouse
    Adviser for students entering WFU Fall 2019 (Whitney has the current sophomores)

    Lynn Zimmerman
    Adviser for students entering WFU Fall 2018 (Lynn has the current juniors)

    School of Business website:

    Advice for First Year

    • Register for ECN 150 or Calculus MST 111 (or MST 112 for Mathematical Business majors). It is encouraged to take one of these courses in the fall and the other in the spring. Both courses are offered each term. AP/IB credit for these courses will satisfy the requirement for ECN 150 and/or MST 111/112.  
    • Register for Handshake and visit the Office of Professional and Career Development to start getting linked into career information.
    • Consider registering for EDU 120 (Career Exploration). This course is useful in helping students figure out which major within the School of Business they would like to pursue based on their strengths, weaknesses, interests, and career goals.
    • Build a strong resume: job shadow, join clubs, and attend career panels. A resume is required for admission to the School of Business and will be necessary for obtaining an internship.
    • Study effectively! The field is competitive.

    Advice for Second Year

    • Register for ACC 111 for the fall semester
    • Register for BEM 201 for the spring semester
    • Register for one additional business course in the spring (optional) if prerequisites are met (School of Business will meet with all ACC 111 students to discuss registration instructions, and will register sophomores for this class before online registration)
    • Consider registering for CNS 220 (Options in the World of Work). This will further solidify major and career choices.
    • Continue to build a strong resume: gain exposure to careers, attend industry boot camps, secure an internship
    • Attend the Sophomore Admissions Event in January (details will be emailed to all ACC 111 students) and apply!
    • Study effectively! The field is competitive.
  • Pre-Health Professions

    For the majority of inquiries and long-term planning advice regarding pre-health requirements, thoroughly review:

    Who should I contact for further guidance?

    Please visit the Office of Academic Advising to speak with an academic counselor for guidance related to pre-health advising. If further questions remain, you are encouraged to contact the advisers below:

    Dr. John Tomlinson (First Years and Sophomores) – Pre-Med

    To make an appointment with Dr. Tomlinson:  

    Dr. Carole L. Gibson (Junior and Seniors) – Pre-Med

    To make an appointment with Dr. Gibson:  

    All Health Profession Advisers

    There are a variety of health professions, each of which plays a vital role in meeting health care needs here and throughout the world. The Pre-Health website contains information about what you should do as an undergraduate at Wake Forest University (WFU) to prepare for a career in any of these fields.

    Which health profession to pursue often seems a straightforward choice at first, but as students become more familiar with the differences between them and the requirements for each, they may become interested in an alternate career path.

    As soon as students arrive at Wake Forest, sign up for AdviseStream. They will be informed of programming that will help in choosing the career option that best suits their interests and skills. Events include panel discussions on career choices, workshops on how to be a competitive applicant, writing a personal statement, and finding an internship or shadowing opportunity.

    The Health Professions Program at Wake Forest University is designed to ensure that students are aware of what it takes to be a competitive applicant in the health professions program. *We cannot make students a competitive applicant; only they can do that. We will provide information and guidance but the rest is up to the individual. The Health Professions Handbook is provided as a first step to educate students in the process. The Handbook provides everything to know in order to pursue a career in health professions. Please read it carefully!

    At Wake Forest University, students will be assigned a a lower-division academic adviser for the first two years, until they declare a major. However, in addition to an academic adviser, students can and should meet with the appropriate health profession adviser for questions about a preparation for a specific health professions career.

  • Engineering

    Who should I contact for information on the Pre-Engineering/Engineering Program?

    For Engineering Majors:

    Dr. Olga Pierrakos
    Founding Chair of the Department of Engineering

    For 3+2 and 4+2 Majors at Wake Forest:

    Dr. Daniel Kim-Shapiro

    Department of Engineering

    The mission of the engineering major is to educate students in an engineering curriculum that embraces and supports the unique culture of Wake Forest by combining the liberal arts core, innovative entrepreneurship, and engineering. The program provides an undergraduate engineering education that embodies the teacher-scholar ideal, emphasizing the close faculty-student engagement that is the hallmark of the Wake Forest community. Our goal is to attract enthusiastic students from around the US and the world who will make important contributions to solving society’s most pressing problems, fulfilling the Pro Humanitate motto of Wake Forest University.


    Within a newly formed Department of Engineering that resides in Division V (Mathematics and Natural Sciences), the program will be conducted jointly on Wake Forest University’s Reynolda Campus and in the new initiative location in downtown Winston-Salem, called Wake Downtown. Wake Downtown is a new effort to establish a set of programs in Biomedical Sciences and in Engineering in new facilities being established at the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter. The major will educate students in engineering principles resulting in a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree. Currently, there are four engineering faculty in the founding team. By 2021, we expect the Department of Engineering to have eight to ten full-time faculty members.

    Rollout of the Major

    Establishment of the Department of Engineering and the Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree program will phase in over four years, beginning in the fall of 2017. The first graduating class of majors is planned for the class of 2021. Faculty, staff, students, and courses will be gradually established over the four-year period 2017-2021.

    For information about courses to take to be prepared for declaring an Engineering major, see the Engineering Department guide for first-year students.

  • Pre-Law

    Who should I contact for Pre-Law information?

    Patricia Poole
    Pre-Law Adviser

    Students considering a career in law are encouraged to meet with Patty in order to develop a strategy that will maximize the potential of acceptance into one’s preferred law school. Meetings are also intended to provide a better understanding of what a legal education entails.

    Patty is generally on campus Wednesday afternoons 12:00-5:00pm in the Office of Personal & Career Development by appointment. Students can sign up for an appointment through the OPCD Handshake system. Other days may become available on Handshake pending her schedule and special requests via email confirmation.

    Take advantage of the many opportunities available to pre-law students here at Wake, including the Pre-Law Society, the Mock Trial Team, the informal Law Student Mentoring Program, and many others. Upcoming pre-law events are listed in the calendar on this site.

    First and Second Year Tips

    • Focus on making excellent grades, undergraduate GPA is a key factor in law school admissions.
    • Skim the Pre-Law website for an overview of what the next several years will entail in preparation for law school.
    • Inform your academic adviser and/or major adviser of interest in pre-law, so that he or she can advise accordingly.
    • Take challenging courses that help develop critical reading, critical thinking, analytical reasoning, and writing skills. View a list of basic courses that may be of interest to pre-law students.
    • Get to know your professors. Take advantage of their office hours, participate in class discussions, etc. Students will need their Letters of Recommendation eventually, and they know the students, the more they can comment on more than just grades.
    • Begin the process of investigating careers in the law. There are several resources listed here, and the OPCD career counselors can direct you to other helpful resources
    • Become involved in extra-curricular activities of interest. Of special note are a couple of activities that are specifically law-related: the Pre-Law Society and the Mock Trial Program. However, don’t feel that every activity must be law-related.
    • When the time comes, declare an enjoyable major that presents a challenge. It need not be a major that is “law-related.” (Law schools care more about the performance in chosen areas of study than they do about what those areas are.)
    • Join the pre-law listserv to receive the most up-to-date information on pre-law events and news. Contact Patricia Poole to be added to the listserv.
    • Meet with a pre-law academic adviser in the Office of Academic Advising for assistance in selecting courses that fit with one’s pre-law goals.
    • Introduce oneself to Wake’s Pre-Law Adviser, Patricia Poole, who works with students as begin the process of applying to law school.
  • Pre-Graduate School

    Please visit the Pre-Graduate website for specific details on applying to graduate school, GRE, and contact information for department individual adviser liaisons.