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
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Tuesday, May 29th, 2019
10 am – 11 am: Orientation Meeting (Vita Nova 100)
Please visit the following link for the 2019-2020 Academic Calendar.
Life as a Post-Bac Student
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)
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)*
"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.
Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation
Inland Hospice Association
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.
Chemistry 14: $2,542
Chemistry 15: $2,542
Fall Semester: $20,104
Spring Semester: $20,104
Available to view online via Cashnet on May 11th and due June 1st.
Available to view online via Cashnet on July 11th and due Aug 1st.
Available to view online via Cashnet on Dec 11th and due Jan 1st.
Housing and Food
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 â€“ 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 â€“ 150 units
Claremont Pacifica – 750 W Bonita Ave. Claremont, CA 909-621-6250 â€“ 42 units
Additional Housing Resources: Click here for more information on housing.
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
Entertainment, Outdoor Activities, and Travel
|Favorite Places to Eat||Favorite Study Spots||Favorite Bar|
42nd Street Bagels
Claremont Craft Ales
|Favorite Grocery Store||Favorite Places Off Campus||Favorite Hiking Trail|
Skiing at Big Bear
|Favorite Places on Campus||Favorite Fitness Class/Facility|
Margaret Fowler Garden
The Yoga Unit
Resources and MCAT Preparation
Academic Resources and Services
Free Tutoring Available
Click here to apply for a tutor.
Title IX Information
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.
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 Coursera.com. 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
Practice as many problems as possible
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 Post-Bac Staff