Health and Medicine First-Year Experience

B.E.S.T. Hall, Busch Campus

The Health and Medicine Living-Learning Community is a self-selected group of first-year students who enjoy the benefits of sharing common residential experiences while making new friends, exploring common interests and being a part of a close community of peers.

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Students will benefit from special programs, and having residence life staff assistance in transitioning to Rutgers. This community is designed for students who have an interest in pre-medicine, and who aspire to a career in the health professions.

This program focuses on assisting students in their transition from high school to college by sharing common first-year courses such as General Biology and Expository Writing while receiving academic and personal advisement that will help to guide students to be successful during their first year.

After participating in this community as a first-year, students who demonstrate exemplary engagement with the community and their academic endeavors will also have the option to apply to the exclusive Health and Medicine Second-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 LLC is the perfect place to begin that journey! Learn more about B.E.S.T. Hall on the Busch Campus.

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Program Goals: retention, career exploration, and workplace preparation

Through the collaboration of student, staff and faculty, the mission of the program is to create a community and environment that increases your success in meeting the academic rigor of the life science curriculum, and helps you stay on the academic and career pathway towards employment in the Health and Medicine industries.  As a member of the community you will be an active and collaborative participant, dedicated to the academic success of all members of the community.

  • Develop and practice academic and transferable workplace skills
  • Study skills for General Biology that can transfer to other courses such as Calculus and Chemistry
  • Collaboration/Team skills
  • Personal/Time management skills

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
  • Social events as a community e.g. football games

To be eligible, students must:

  1. Be a first-year student. *Please note that Pharmacy and Nursing students are not eligible for this LLC due to conflicting courses taken in your first year within the Pharmacy and Nursing programs*
  2. Place into Expository Writing (355:101) and Precalculus (640:111) or higher.
  3. Take placement test ASAP
  4. Complete the supplemental application found here.

LLC Orientation

Make Rutgers home! We’d like you to begin to connect with students, faculty, and staff even before the start of classes. We intend to have an LLC orientation in late August or early September. More information to come.

As a participant, you will be:

  • Attending community sponsored events and mentoring conversations
  • Registering yourself for specific LLC sections of the following courses in the fall:
    • General Biology
    • Expository Writing
    • First-Year Interest Group Seminar (FIGS) on Health and Medicine
  • Registering yourself for specific LLC sections of the following courses in the spring:
    • General Biology II
    • Bio Research Lab

Application Process

For more information, please submit an interest form.


Health and Medicine Second-Year Experience

If you are looking to connect with people who have similar interests within the health and medicine field, while positively contributing to a student’s first-year experience at Rutgers–New Brunswick, you should consider the Health and Medicine Living-Learning Community – Sophomore Year Experience.

Learn more about B.E.S.T. Hall on the Busch Campus.

  • Engage with like-minded students wishing to focus on the health and medicine field
  • Work with Residence Life staff to create programs in and outside of the hall that matter to you, i.e. service, health and medicine workshops to explore majors, MCAT prep)
  • Regular access to the advice of a Peer Mentor who has experienced much of what you are currently experiencing
  • Informally mentor incoming first-year students
  • Participate in a 1.5 Career Prep for Health and Medicine Course

The community is open to all current Health and Medicine LLC students that have met B.E.S.T. programming requirements.