The Pathways Honors Program is designed for highly qualified and motivated students pursuing a health career — from freshman year through completion of a professional degree.

In partnership with Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFUMS), the program puts the most academically prepared undergraduates in the health sciences on the path to graduate school and the health care workplace of the future. Pathways Honors students have special access to health-career faculty and resources, including:


  • Regular advising from RFUMS faculty and staff
  • Summer research opportunities
  • Opportunities to network with RFUMS students

At DePaul:

  • Exclusive pre-professional workshops
  • Access to honors sections of science courses
  • Participation in a small learning community/cohort
  • Co-taught courses with RFUMS and DePaul faculty
  • Special notation on official transcript denoting participation in the Pathways Honors Program
  • Priority course registration

Exposure and Exploration 

The Pathways Honors Program is designed to let you find the health career that’s best for you. So you don’t need to declare your interest when you begin.

In addition to the all the benefits of automatically being in the Pre-Health Program, you’ll be in a cohort and follow a rigorous curriculum designed by faculty from both universities; gain exposure to the health care practice from a professional perspective; access unique summer research opportunities; and explore issues with classmates who are pursuing related careers. 

Advising and Preparation

As a Pathways Honors Student, you’ll have direct access to pre-health advising in the form of a team of staff and faculty advisors — a pre-health advisor, a research advisor and faculty mentors who will help you build your application credentials, define your course schedules, explore career options and prepare for entrance exams and interviews.

You’ll also meet regularly with faculty and staff at RFUMS — a rare benefit for undergraduates in pre-professional programs.    

Accelerated Degree 3+ Option

Finish your undergraduate degree a year early and start your professional program at RFUMS. Pathways Honors students are in the best position to take advantage of accelerated degree programs.

Traditional Degree 4+ Option

Participation in Pathways Honors improves your chances of being admitted to professional degree programs in the health field — including RFUMS and the many programs across the U.S. and abroad. Learn more​.

Joining the Pathways Honors Program

If you’re an incoming freshman, academically motivated and have already been admitted to the College of Science and Health, you will be considered automatically for this program. An invitation to qualified students and instructions on how to accept your place in the program are included in your acceptance packet to the University. Strong candidates typically have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.5 or higher, an average ACT composite score of 27 or higher, or a combined SAT score of 1200 or higher on the critical reading or math sections.

Learning Community

Incoming Pathways Honors students have an opportunity to join a special learning community this upcoming autumn quarter.  By participating in the Pathways Honors Learning Community, you will be enrolled in special sections of Explore Chicago, general biology, and general chemistry.  Read the learning community description to find out more about this opportunity.


Read our list of frequently asked questions​. To express interest or request more information contact us.

Phone: (312) 362-8704​