Logo for 25 years of the Scripps College Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program.

Congratulations on your courageous decision to pursue a career in medicine, and welcome to the Scripps Post-Bac Class of 2020! You are now a part of a unique group of highly motivated students that will work together over the next several months to complete the necessary requirements for medical school. You have selected a program with over 20 years of experience helping students prepare for medical school, and it is our privilege to continue this tradition with your class. We are eager to welcome you at orientation and help you begin your journey to medical school.

Sincerely, DeEttra Mulay, Marion Preest, and Messina Zurbuch

Table of Contents

Orientation Schedule and Academic Calendar

Life as a Post-Bac Student: Classes and Volunteer Opportunities

Student Health Insurance/Tuition

Housing and Food

Entertainment, Outdoor Activities, and Travel

Resources and MCAT Preparation

Advice from Former Post-Bac Students

Maps and Other Important Information

Orientation Schedule

Tuesday, May 29th, 2019

A view of buildings on Scripps campus.

9:15 am – 10 am: Welcome Reception (Keck 1st floor lobby)

10 am – 11 am: Orientation Meeting (Vita Nova 100)

11 am – 12 pm: Keck Science Department & Campus Tour
12:30 pm – 2 pm: Lunch (Hampton Room)
2 pm – 3 pm: Student IDs (Honnold Library, Card Center)
3 pm – 3:30 pm: IT Training & Laptop setup
(Steele Hall)
Family and friends are more than welcome to attend our Orientation. If you are planning on bringing guests, please RSVP to by Monday, May 15.
Save the Date:
New Student / Alumni Luncheon
Thursday, June 7th
12:00 – 2:00 pm
Hampton Dining Room

Academic Calendar

Please visit the following link for the 2019-2020 Academic Calendar.

Summer 2019

May 29: Orientation
May 30: Chemistry 14L Begins
June 14: Last Day to Drop Chemistry 14L
June 29: Last Day of Class/Final Exam
July 2: Chemistry 15L Begins
July 4: 4th of July Holiday Observed
July 17: Last Day to Drop Chemistry 15L
Aug 3: Last Day of Class/Final Exam
*Please note that summer chemistry typically meets for lecture on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 8:30-11 am and on Wednesday from 8:30-noon. Lab meets on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 1:15pm-5:15 pm. These times are subject to change and will be confirmed on the syllabus on the first day of class.

Life as a Post-Bac Student

Three people working and talking at a table outdoors.

Most students begin the Post-Bac Program in late May, complete nine required science courses over the following 12 months, and graduate the following June. While taking a rigorous course load, our full-time students also volunteer 4-6 hours per week in a medical setting to gain valuable experience. Thanks to the small size of the program, our advisors can structure the curriculum to suit each individual’s needs—whether that means completing the curriculum in 12 or 24 months.

Overall Class Schedule

First Summer: Basic Principles of Chemistry (with lab)

Two people wearing goggles, gloves, and lab coats working in a lab.

Fall Semester: Introductory Biology (with lab); Organic Chemistry (with lab); General

Physics (with lab)*

Spring Semester: Vertebrate Physiology (with lab); Organic Chemistry (with lab); General Physics (with lab)*

Second Summer: Biochemistry
*summer option is available


Kristoffer Strauss"The faculty of the Keck Science Department at Scripps were wonderful. They made themselves available at regular office hours and review sessions every week. I always felt like I had the resources available to me that I needed to succeed while at Scripps, and a large part of that was due to the support provided by the faculty throughout the year."

Kristoffer Strauss, Class of 2014
Hofstra North Shore LIJ School of Medicine, Candidate for Doctor of Medicine (MD) (2014-2018)

Volunteer Experiences and Opportunities


During your first advising session, we will have a detailed conversation about your background and your future goals. We will explore what you have done and what you hope to do as you prepare (your application) for medical school. During your first month as a post-bac student, you will be encouraged to apply for 2-3 volunteer opportunities and select the opportunity that best suits you.

Clinical Care Extender

For those of you entering the program with limited clinical experience, we recommend that you research the Clinical Care Extender program. Over the past year, we have had students volunteer at the West Covina, Glendale, and Orange sites. If you are interested, we recommend that you research the Key Dates and Deadlines. It may be beneficial to apply prior to the Post-Bac orientation in order to begin training over the summer. Click for more information.


Looking for a paid opportunity that provides extensive clinical experience? A scribe position is also an option.This requires more hours per week, so it is important to think carefully about the time commitment involved in this experience. Click for more information.

Volunteer Opportunities

Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation
Cedar Sinai Hospital
CHAP Medical and Dental Health Center
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Children’s Hospital Orange County
City of Hope
COPE Health Solutions
Country Villa Claremont Healthcare Center
David and Margaret Group Home
Foothill AIDS Project
VNA Hospice & Palliative Care
Huntington Hospital

Inland Hospice Association
Lestonnac Free Clinic
LA County University of Southern California Medical Center
Loma Linda University Medical Center & Children’s Hospital and Hospice
Mt. San Antonio Gardens Congregational Homes, Inc.
Pilgrim Place Health Services Center
Planned Parenthood of LA
Pomona Community Health Center
Queen of the Valley Hospital
Vitas Health Care, Hospice Care
White Memorial Hospital


Student Health Insurance

Scripps College requires all students have health insurance. Students can use their own health insurance plan, their parents’ plan, or enroll in the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) offered by The Claremont Colleges. If you are going to use your own health plan, you will be asked to demonstrate proof of health insurance coverage by submitting documentation to the Post-Bac Office. The deadline to opt-in to SHIP for the summer is May 1, 2019. You will receive another notification in the fall for the 2019-2020 rates and the deadline to waive out for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Insurance Requirements

Coverage must be continuous (no break or termination) for the entire academic year.
Coverage must be effective prior to 5/1/2019.
Maximum lifetime benefit must be unlimited.
Deductible must be $1000 or less ($2,000 per family) per policy year.
Claims must be paid by a U.S. based company and underwriting company must be owned, operated, and headquartered in the US and must be in full compliance with applicable federal laws.
International students may not waive with insurance from their home country.
**All of the above elements are included in SHIP. Please email Messina Zurbuch at by May 1, 2018 with your proof of insurance or a request to enroll in SHIP. The cost of the plan for summer 2018 (May 13-Aug 29) is $633.
For more information on the SHIP plan, visit the website If you would like to take a look at the different plans available in California, please take a look at the Covered California website. A few of our students found the site to be helpful when looking for coverage.
***Prior to the Fall semester, you will also need to submit a physical form to the Claremont University Consortium Student Health Services Department. We usually recommend students get the form filled out from their primary care physicians prior to arriving on campus.


Chemistry 14: $2,542

Chemistry 15: $2,542

Fall Semester: $20,104

Spring Semester: $20,104

Student Billing

Personal checks, cashier checks, and wire transfers can be accepted for payment. To wire the funds please
contact Student Accounts at 909-621-8259. We do not take credit cards or debit cards for payment. Please mail
payments to: Scripps College, Dept 8504, Los Angeles CA 90084-8504. Payments can also be made online via the
CashNet system using your checking or savings account. You will receive an email from CashNet when your bill is
ready to be viewed.

Summer Bill
Available to view online via Cashnet on May 11th and due June 1st.
Fall Bill
Available to view online via Cashnet on July 11th and due Aug 1st.
Spring Bill
Available to view online via Cashnet on Dec 11th and due Jan 1st.

Housing and Food

People sitting around Seal Court at Scripps College.

To help students adjust to a new environment right from the start, the staff in the Post-Bac Office assists with local housing information. Post-Bac students usually live nearby in off-campus apartments or private residences. We also provide personal assistance to students for all administrative needs, such as registration, billing, and financial aid.

Local Housing Information

Colby Kai – 655 Colby Circle, Claremont, CA – 17 units
Padua Terrace Apartments – 633 E Foothill Blvd., Claremont, CA – 909-624-9958
Spring Hill – 410 S. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont, CA 909-626-5625 “ 64 units
The Village at Claremont – 750 W San Jose Blvd., Claremont, CA 909-626-0793 “ 84 units
Claremont Graduate University – Website
Brighton Park Apartments – 1415 Morton Circle Claremont, CA 91711 – 909-621-0744
College Park Apartments – 250 W College Park Drive Upland, CA 91711 – 909-399-0800 – Website
Bonita Terrace – 660 West Bonita Ave. Claremont, CA – 909-626-6500 “ 124 units
Claremont Village Commons – 957 W Arrow Highway Claremont, CA – 909-621-2810 – 150 units
Claremont Pacifica – 750 W Bonita Ave. Claremont, CA 909-621-6250 – 42 units

Additional Housing Resources: Click here for more information on housing.

Dining Halls

Frank Dining Hall (Pomona College)
Frary Dining Hall (Pomona College)
Oldenborg Dining Hall (Pomona College)
Malott Commons (Scripps College)
Collins Dining Hall (Claremont McKenna College)
Hoch-Shanahan Dining Hall (Harvey Mudd College)
McConnell Dining Hall (Pitzer College)

On-Campus Dining Options

CLAREMONT MCKENNA: The Hub Grill, The Hub Store
HARVEY MUDD: Hixon Court Coffee Cart, Jay’s Place
PITZER: The Grove House, The Shakedown
POMONA: The Coop Store, The Sagehen Café
SCRIPPS: The Motley Coffeehouse
CGU: Hagelbarger’s

Entertainment, Outdoor Activities, and Travel

A street corner lined with shops in Claremont Village near the Claremont Colleges.

Favorite Places to Eat Favorite Study Spots Favorite Bar

42nd Street Bagels
Back Abbey
Pho Century
King Kong Sushi
Tutti Mangia
Some Crust Bakery

Denison Library
Grove House
Scripps Computer Labs
The Spot next to Trader Joe’s
Upstairs in the Keck Science Building
Honnold Library first floor

Claremont Craft Ales
The Press
Dale Brother Brewery
Sanctum Brewery
Union on Yale


Favorite Grocery Store Favorite Places Off Campus Favorite Hiking Trail

Trader Joes
Super King

Skiing at Big Bear
San Diego Wild Animal Park
Attend Events at 5Cs
LA County Fair
Huntington Dog Beach
Universal Studios
Getty Museum
Norton Simon Museum
Old Town Pasadena
Las Vegas (3 hour trip)

Mount Baldy
Deep Creek Hot Springs
Ice House Canyon Trail
Claremont Wilderness Trail


Favorite Places on Campus Favorite Fitness Class/Facility

Margaret Fowler Garden
Scripps Pool

The Yoga Unit
Brie’s Totally Body Fitness Class
Tiernan Field House at Scripps


Resources and MCAT Preparation

Scripps Resources

Financial Aid
Patrick Moore
Financial Aid Website
Financial Aid for Post-Bac Students

Academic Accommodations
Julie Loppacher
Academic Resources and Services
(909) 621-8277

Free Tutoring Available
Click here to apply for a tutor.

Title IX Information
Click here.

Shared Resources

Claremont Colleges Library with over 2 million volumes, 6000 serial subscriptions, and librarian help (Contact Research, Teaching, and Learning Services, 909-607-3959)
The Huntley Bookstore
Student Health Services and Monsour Counseling Center with professional staff
McAlister Center for religious services and activities
Centers for African-American, Latino, Asian American, and international students

Through The Claremont Colleges Inc., Scripps College provides academic resources and collegiate facilities that are equal to, if not better than, much larger institutions.

MCAT Preparation

To prepare for the MCAT, the Scripps Post-Baccalaureate Program has revised the curriculum to include a biochemistry course. In addition, we have partnered with Next Step to provide a specially designed MCAT course at a discounted fee on Scripps campus. We encourage students that have not taken psychology, sociology or statistics to consider participating in a free online course to better prepare for the MCAT.

These courses can be found through a simple Google search for “Free Online [insert disciplinehere] Course” or on Next Step has adapted their well-regarded MCAT preparation course to the unique needs of Scripps Post-Bac students. The course will be offered on Scripps Campus beginning in the fall and ending in late April. This course will be offered at a discounted fee of $999 and outlined in detail during orientation.

Advice from Former Post-Bac Students

Take advantage of FREE TUTORING on campus
Get to know undergrads and integrate into the campus culture
Learn what works for you
Don’t feel like you have to do what everyone else is doing
Everyone learns differently
Take advantage of the Scripps Career Planning and Resources Center

Organic Chemistry
Practice as many problems as possible
Flash cards!
Use molecular model sets
Always take advantage of office hours

First Semester Biology
Be able to apply concepts to hypothetical scenarios
Study in groups after you have a basic understanding of the material
Do not hesitate to reach out to professors for help!

Maps and Other Important Information

Scripps College Campus Map
Claremont Colleges Campus Map
Claremont Village Map and Directory

Scripps Post-Bac Staff

DeEttra Mulay

DeEttra Mulay


Marion Preest

Marion Preest


Messina Zurbuch

Messina Zurbuch