Pre-Professional Programs

As a student in one of our pre-professional programs, you’ll work one-on-one with faculty members and advisors to develop a course of study tailored to your interests and aspirations. You will benefit from individual attention in your classes, hands-on experiences and faculty who are accomplished educators and esteemed professionals in their fields. We will guide you through the process of identifying and applying to graduate schools, and set you on the right path to reach your career goals.


The opportunities to pursue a career in law are endless and you can find a path to take you there across a variety of disciplines. You’ll have the opportunity to chart an academic course that combines the study of law with the fields and subjects that interest you most.

We will connect you with pre-law faculty advisors who will help you plan the course of your studies based on your career ambitions. You’ll take courses that introduce legal concepts and we will help you prepare for your graduate studies. You will walk away from Ashland with a strong foundation in the liberal arts, with the critical thinking and problem-solving skills essential to the success of any law professional.

The Pre-Law Society

The Ashland University Pre-Law Society is a fully chartered, student-run organization designed for students interested in a law career. Members network with local attorneys through our legal lecture series, attend trials and visit local law schools.You will also prepare to take the Law School Admittance Test (LSAT), including free practice LSAT exams. In addition, practicing attorneys from the College of Business and Economics will assist you in preparing your application materials for law school.

Throughout their undergraduate experience, members receive curriculum advice from legal specialists in both the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Business and Economics, with particular attention to the logic and problem-solving techniques preferred by law schools.

For more information, please email Daniel Sullivan, Ed.D., J.D. at or call him at 419-207-5567.

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Pre-Health Sciences


As a pre-professional health sciences student, we'll take you out of the classroom and into the field. We'll prepare you to be among the 90 percent of our students who are accepted into professional health programs after graduation. And we’ll connect you with accomplished faculty who don’t just teach science – they live it! 

You will have opportunities to connect and network with other students, faculty, alumni and professionals in your chosen field. You’ll also have  invaluable hands-on experiences. You will be surrounded by professors and mentors invested in your future, who will help you prepare for advanced degrees and exciting careers.

Programs include:Pre-Dentistry

  • Pre-Medical Technology (in affiliation with the Cooperative Medical Technology Program of Akron)
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Optometry
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Pre-Physician Assistant
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Recommended majors for pre-health sciences students include biology, biochemistry, chemistry and toxicology. These majors will give you the flexibility to apply to professional programs, graduate programs or to get a job immediately after graduation.

Regardless of your major, you can participate in the student-run Pre-Health Club.



We help students enter seminary training and explore their calling to Christian ministry. You will join with other students majoring in religion or minoring in religion or Christian ministry. Every member is paired with a religion professor who will serve as a pre-seminary mentor.

We encourage everyone in the pre-seminary group to be active in campus ministry through the Office of Christian Ministry and your home congregation. You can even do an internship for course credit.

In your junior year, you can apply to take seminary classes at Ashland Theological Seminary (subject to approval by ATS based on academic readiness) to fulfill general elective requirements of your Bachelor of Arts degree. Our students often choose to study Biblical Greek or Hebrew to give them a headstart on seminary.

For more information, contact Peter Slade (419-289-5237,