We are so excited for you, and can't wait to help however we can with your "what's next."

Scroll further down this page to see recent data on how UCSB grads fare when it comes to health professional school applications (MD, DDS, PA, etc.), or go to the bottom of our "About Us" page where we answer a number of frequently asked questions.

Also: many thanks to the standout UCSB pre-med student who recently posted this helpful guide to r/UCSantaBarbara. Incoming students--it's worth a read! So, too, is this one! To think: students who took the time to craft docs like these will be the company you keep while at UCSB.

Pro-tip: sign up for our listerv. From job announcments to research opportunties to other UCSB pre-health "chestnuts," we'll do our best to keep you tracking. And check out our fledgling (in 2024?!?) YouTube channel.


For those seeking to make an appointment with a pre-health advisor, please read the following:

If you are a first- or second-year student in good standing and have not met with one of our pre-health peer advisors, THEY should be your first pre-health appointment. Scheduling an appointment with Dave, Yessica, or Dr. Blain without previously meeting with one of our knowledgeable pre-health peer advisors may result in your appointment getting canceled.  See below to set up an appointment with one of our outstanding peer advisors: 
To talk with Manasvi (Pre-Med, Biopsychology), click here


To talk with Leila (Pre-Med, Bio), click here


To talk with Vanessa (Pre-Med, Bio), click here



If you have already met with a peer advisor, if you are a transfer student, if you are on academic probation, and your questions involve requirements, schedule planning, career choices and mentoring, or applications and admissions, and want to schedule an appointment with
- David, click here
- Yessica, click here.
- Dr. Blain, click here  (Please note: First year students should not schedule with Dr. Blain. Also: do NOT schedule an appointment with Dr. Blain if your main questions involve schedule planning, course selection, AP credit, etc; rather, schedule with Yessica or David if that is your concern).

UCSB Health Professions Advising provides information and resources to students who are preparing for careers in various areas of healthcare. Whether you hope to become a physician, dentist, veterinarian, nurse, physician assistant, or other healthcare professional, we offer curriculum and academic guidance, including course selection and scheduling as well as career and admissions counseling.


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Statistics on Professional Schools UCSB Students Have Been Accepted To 

Gauchos accepted to MD/DO programs: are you "on the list?" If not, please consider adding your name to this Google form.


Health Professions (besides MD), 2022-23 application cycle

Application System  # UCSB Appplicants # UCSB Accepts # UCSB Matriculants UCSB Accept % National Accept %
AACOMAS (DO) 85 58 31 68.24 56.08
AADSAS (Dentistry) 45 37 32 82.22 58.97
CASPA (PA) 111 38 29 34.23 40.52
OptomCAS (OD) 16 8 3 50 70.83
PharmCAS (Pharmacy) 30 27 26 90 84.04
PTCAS (Physical Therapy) 29 20 12 68.97 72.11
VMCAS (Veterinary Medicine) 19 11 8 57.89 47.75

Health Professions (besides MD), 2021-22 application cycle

Application System  # UCSB Appplicants # UCSB Accepts # UCSB Matriculants UCSB Accept % National Accept %
AACOMAS (DO) 70 42 30 60 51.25
AADSAS (Dentistry) 43 31 31 72.09 56.62
CASPA (PA) 111 50 47 45.05 42.24
OptomCAS (OD) 11 9 3 81.82 68.57
PharmCAS (Pharmacy) 26 24 22 92.31 84.06
PTCAS (Physical Therapy) 31 26 12 83.87 69.56
VMCAS (Veterinary Medicine) 19 13 9 68.42 49.14

Click on the name of the program you are interested in to see more details on average GPAs, test scores, and schools students were accepted to. 


Attention UCSB Alumni in Health Professions Schools!

If you are willing to be contacted by UCSB students with questions about your journey to professional school, please list your name, school, and email in the google sheet linked here