Health and Medicine Discovery House

Quad I, Livingston Campus
The Health and Medicine Discovery House is a self-selected group of first-year students who will enjoy the benefits of sharing common residential and academic experiences while making new friends, exploring common interests and being a part of a close community of peers.   Students will benefit from special programs in the residence hall, and having a peer mentor in residence to provide help in answering all those Rutgers questions. This community is designed for students who have an interest in pre-medicine, and who aspire to follow a career path in the health professions. This program focuses on assisting students in their transition from high school to a college by sharing common first year courses such as General Biology and writing  while receiving academic and personal advisement that will help to guide students to be successful during your first-year.   If you are dedicated to making your first-year at Rutgers both academically and socially rewarding on the road to medical school, then the Health & Medicine house is the perfect place to begin that journey!

Programming in this community has included:

  • Introduction to Rutgers University tour and connecting with professors
  • Pre-Medical undergraduate student advice panel on course selection, majors to choose and potential research/volunteering opportunities
  • Undergraduate sciences study skills workshop-- A collaborative session with fellow residents in which you get the opportunity to assess your studying habits with peers, and then learn about the critical and efficient techniques many undergraduate science majors use for mastering any and all sciences courses
  • Medical School Field Trip –A visit to a prestigious medical school in the region
  • Participate in social events as a community e.g. football games
  • Participate in involvement fair


  1. Open to first-year students affiliated with SAS,RBS and SEBS
  2. Must have math placement at the Pre-calculus level or above, as well as placement into Expository Writing.  Placement test must be taken before June 10, 2014 (To be enrolled in General Biology, you must have placement in English 350:101 (or higher) and Mathematics 640:111 (or higher))

Participation Requirements

As a participant, you will be:

  • Attending community sponsored events and monthly meetings
  • Co-enrolled in three first year courses for the fall semester:
    • General Biology
    • Expository Writing
    • FIGs Health and Medicine

Note:  At your academic planning and advising day, you will be able to choose 2-3 other classes toward your academic interests. This is a perfect balance because it allows you to be both part of a smaller community and have access to all other Rutgers course offerings as well. If you AP out of any of the courses you will not be required to enroll in them and will still be eligible for this program.   

Application Process
There is a two-part application process for this community:

  1. Register the Health & Medicine Discovery House Living-Learning Community as your first choice on the online housing application on the Enrollment Pathway
  2. You must also complete the online application and a phone interview. You will be contacted by a learning community staff member about timing of the phone interview.

Learn more about the Discovery Houses Living-Learning Communities!
For more information, please contact:
Ghada Endick
Director, Learning Communities

E-mail: rulc@echo.rutgers.edu



What Students Are Saying

The Discovery House program is the biggest reason why I was so successful my freshman year. I was able to avoid common first-year mistakes and make the most out of my experience, all the while positioning myself on the right collegiate path towards applying to medical school.

– Manuel Sanchez, Peer Mentor