Northwestern undergraduate students accepted into NUPSP are scholars of distinction who share a proven commitment to service and pursuit of a medical career. They have demonstrated their dedication to scholarship and medicine through research, community outreach, and clinically-oriented activities.
Students accepted into the program share outstanding Northwestern undergraduate academic credentials of 3.7 and higher, representative of a wide range of majors such as anthropology, communication science, religion, biological sciences, biomedical engineering and psychology. They are National Merit Scholars as well as named academic scholars who have engaged in undergraduate research in basic science and clinical areas, including: biological anthropology, rehabilitation engineering, psychoacoustics, ovarian cancer, endocrinology and reproduction, otolaryngology, and cellular proteins and aging.
NUPSP students have extensive leadership and service activities, which include: a President of Northwestern's premedical society, a residential college President and a Vice President, a 2-time gold medal winner in the U.S. Collegiate Ski Association snowboarding competition, a Site Leader for a health care and rehabilitation center, a Youth Group Leader, a Cancer Camp Counselor supervisor and a Special Olympics coach. Their medically-oriented service activities have involved volunteering in an emergency room, coordinating triage activities in a community health clinic, serving as a cancer camp counselor, reading to nursing home residents, working with pediatric aids patients, and participating in domestic and international mission trips.