Special Features of the Program in Premedical Studies
- Academic Guidance and Career Counseling - A health professions advisor works closely with all students from the time of their entry into the program. Students receive help in selecting courses,choosing careers and preparing applications to professional schools. The advisor also writes detailed letters of recommendation that are sent to schools selected by the applicants.
- Student Support - PPS students may receive tutoring in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics and mathematics. Other support includes workshops and minicourses in college skills and the basic sciences.
- Seminars and Symposia - PPS students participate in seminars and symposia led by faculty from the Division of Science as well as representatives of medical and dental school admissions committees and distinguished guests active in biomedical research.
- Undergraduate Research - Qualified juniors and seniors are encouraged to do research in biochemistry, biology, chemistry, physics or psychology. Many of these students receive research stipends through grants awarded to City College faculty and the Division of Science. Students work closely with faculty, many of whom are involved in cutting-edge research, using the most up-to-date techniques and equipment. The research students often present their work at local and national scientific meetings and publish in leading scientific journals.
- Field Experience - PPS students are encouraged to accept field assignments in hospitals, community health centers or research laboratories.
- Financial Aid - Entering freshmen are eligible to apply for City College Scholar Merit Awards. Students are encouraged to apply for all financial aid available through City College, such as TAP, Pell Grants (formerly BEOG) and Work-Study. Upper-division PPS students are eligible for scholarships awarded through PPS and by the Division of Science.
- Preparation for MCATs - Scholarships are available to help defray the cost of MCAT Review Courses.
- The City College Premedical (Caduceus) Society presents weekly lectures and workshops on medical school admissions policies, financial aid, interviewing techniques and other matters related to admission to schools of the health professions.