Health Professions Evaluation (HPE)

Since 1972 medical and dental schools have requested undergraduate institutions evaluate their students who are applying. This evaluation results in a packet of material sent on the applicant’s behalf and helps the student gain an admissions interview.

The Health Professions Evaluation (HPE) process is open to all Seattle University students and alumni planning to apply to medical or dental school. Applicants begin the process the year before they hope to start professional school. The HPE process consists of:

          Orientation: informational session on HPE process

          Trainings: workshops on essay writing, interview skills, and application completion.

          Documentation: applicants complete documents that parallel the online application before the application opens & receive editorial support from advisors and faculty.

          Interview: applicants are paired with science faculty for interviews that help students prepare for medical/dental school interviews & give those schools information about the applicant

          Committee Review: a panel of science faculty evaluates each applicant in comparison to other Seattle University applicants that year. This information is compiled into a cover letter that is submitted to the schools on the applicant’s behalf.

The HPE process begins in March with Orientation information sessions. Workshops continue through spring quarter. Faculty interviews begin spring quarter and end in July.


To learn more about the HPE process please contact