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Pre-medical

Aspiring physicians: Get your start at SNC

Every medical school applicant writes a personal statement that describes what drew them to the profession — in other words, why they want to be a doctor. Maybe you’ve dreamed about being a doctor since you were in kindergarten. Perhaps, you want to help improve care for populations who tend to be overlooked. Whatever your reason, you undoubtedly have something in common with pre-medical students at St. Norbert College: a desire to help people.

Here at SNC, we spend four years helping our pre-medical students get ready to become doctors. Our strong liberal-arts curriculum will sharpen your communication and critical thinking skills, and our rigorous science courses will give you the hands-on coursework needed to succeed in medical school.

Academic paths within the program

SNC pairs you with a pre-medical advisor, who guides you through your undergraduate studies. Your pre-medical advisor will ensure that you’re taking the necessary prerequisite courses for medical school, and help identify extracurricular activities that could help your application stand out. Because of the strong science background required for medical school, we recommend majoring in biology, chemistry, psychology or natural sciences.

If you plan to start medical school immediately after the completion of your bachelor’s degree at SNC, you'll take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) in May of your junior year. Our tailored pre-med program sets you up for success on this important exam that confirms your aptitude for a career in medicine.

Elevate your pre-med education

SNC is one of the few private liberal arts colleges in the nation to maintain an anatomy lab. Although most cadaver labs are off-limits to undergraduates, at SNC you will have access, giving you valuable experience other medical school applicants won’t have. What’s more, SNC’s small class sizes often result in meaningful faculty mentorship.

SNC offers about a hundred clubs and service organizations, so you’ll be able to find a group where you can shine as a leader. This is an environment where you can grow into a confident and competent medical-school applicant.

Remember to apply for the William Thiel Scholarship for students pursuing careers in medicine or the natural sciences.

  • SNC hosts lots of informational talks, panels and speakers that opened my eyes and gave me more information about what I’d be experiencing in different medical professions and schools. Highlighting guests in a variety of professions is especially beneficial for students who are still deciding, or don’t know much about the different areas of health care.

    Anna Giblin ’21

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    Portrait of student

    SNC hosts lots of informational talks, panels and speakers that opened my eyes and gave me more information about what I’d be experiencing in different medical professions and schools. Highlighting guests in a variety of professions is especially beneficial for students who are still deciding, or don’t know much about the different areas of health care.

    Anna Giblin ’21

  • I always wanted to pursue medicine, and everything fell into place when I started classes. I gained a lot out of the smaller classes and the faculty went into great detail to give students information on their personal interests. At St. Norbert, everyone is dedicated to developing students and making them better people in every way when they leave the college.

    Audrey Makope ’22

    Portrait of student Audrey Makope
    Portrait of student Audrey Makope

    I always wanted to pursue medicine, and everything fell into place when I started classes. I gained a lot out of the smaller classes and the faculty went into great detail to give students information on their personal interests. At St. Norbert, everyone is dedicated to developing students and making them better people in every way when they leave the college.

    Audrey Makope ’22

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Undergraduate research

Engage in collaborative research projects with your professors — frequently with financial support from national organizations.

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Practical internships

Explore the field through internships, and find out what it’s like to put your academic training to work.

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International reach

Experience diverse classroom and instructional settings through our study abroad program.

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Learn from exceptional SNC pre-med faculty

If there’s one thing that SNC professors and instructors have in common, it’s a passion for teaching and sharing their expertise. You’ll also find them dedicated to providing personalized guidance that supports your academic and career aspirations. Discover the distinguished scholars you’ll be learning from.

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Your pre-med degree at work

Studies show that, by 2025, the doctor shortage in the U.S. alone could reach 90,000. In addition to working as a medical doctor, the pre-medical track at SNC can prepare you for postgraduate study to become a physical therapist, chiropractor, occupational therapist or physician assistant.

Your academic path to a medical career

Want to see how long it could take to complete your postgraduate work? We’ve created a chart that maps out your path toward a variety of postgraduate work in the medical field.

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Making connections between health care and service-learning

Pre-medical students are naturally aligned with the fundamental nature of service at SNC, because they want to help others. Want to take a service-learning course? SNC is proud to offer several options. Interested in joining your peers in making a difference? Check out the TRIPS Program. More broadly, SNC has invested in a center that is solely focused on service: the Sturzl Center for Community Service & Learning, known for its positive influence on our campus and beyond. Want to immerse yourself in a service-learning mindset? Consider living in one of our service-based residence halls.

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Contact the St. Norbert College admission office

Campus location

Ariens Family Welcome Center
310 College Ave.
De Pere, WI 54115

Hours of operation

Monday-Friday
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

We’re also available by appointment.

Mailing address

Office of Admission
St. Norbert College
Ariens Family Welcome Center
100 Grant St.
De Pere, WI 54115

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