Health and Medicine Living-Learning Community

B.E.S.T. Hall, Busch Campus
The Health and Medicine Living-Learning Community 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. After participating in this community as a first-year, residents who demonstrate exemplary engagement with the community and their academic endeavors will also have the option to apply to the exclusive
Health and Medicine Sophomore Year Experience to continue in the close-knit supportive environment that the LLC creates.  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

Eligibility requirements

Please note: Applications for the Health & Medicine Living-Learning Community are available by invitation only. Eligible students will be sent an email invitation to submit an online application.

To be eligible, students must:

  1. Enroll in SAS, RBS, or SEBS.
  2. Place into Expository Writing (355:101) and Precalculus (640:111) or higher.
  3. Take placement test on or before June 1, 2017 to be considered for an application. To sign up visit: Placement Testing

Early Move-In and Special Orientation

Students enrolled in the program will get the added advantage/benefit of being able to move in early and participate in a special orientation program on Friday September 1, 2017. This will provide first-years the chance to explore the Rutgers campus, get familiar with the bus system, and find their classes in advance.

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.

*Students with AP credit for linked courses are still eligible for this program and are not required to enroll in the course(s) for which they have credit.

Eligibility Process:

  • Students who have taken placements test by June 1, 2017 and determined to be eligible will receive an e-mail invitation from the Learning Communities office to submit an online living-learning community application.
  • Students should complete the first-year housing application on the Enrollment Pathway indicating their campus preferences, taking into account that they might not get accepted into the Health and Medicine Living-Learning Community. NOTE: If your first preference is BEST Hall, regardless of this program, you should select BEST Hall under the special interest housing options on the application.
  • After completion of the online living-learning application, you will be contacted end of May to early June for a follow-up phone conversation.
  • Invitations will commence mid-May and will be ongoing as placement test scores are received by the Office of Learning Communities.

For more information contact:

Ariel Leget, Assistant Director Living-Learning Communities and Academic Initiatives at rulc@echo.rutgers.edu.