Supporting our Students

Supporting our students

The academic environment of the W.M. Keck Science Department, although rigorous and challenging, is overwhelmingly positive and supportive. Post-Bac students enjoy personalized guidance from both faculty and staff to select courses and assess their performance and progress. Group tutoring on evenings or weekends is a popular feature of the program, and Post-Bac and undergraduate students often work together in small study groups. Math review sessions are offered every fall and students may also use the resources at the Math Spot tutoring center throughout the academic year.

Staff and faculty assist students in researching volunteer opportunities, consult with them on their letters of recommendation, and provide advising for medical school applications and career preparation. Valuable time is spent sharing information about application procedures and the medical school application process. We also sponsor talks by medical professionals and recent graduates of the Post-Bac Program who can advise students preparing for interviews and the application process. Upon completion of the program, students benefit tremendously from a detailed committee letter of recommendation written by our faculty advisor. If students do not link with a medical school, our staff continues to advise and support them with the application process after graduation.


Blake Friedman"My professors were fantastic; they went out of their way to help me better understand material, even holding extra office hours to accommodate my schedule. I owe my success in the program in large part to their guidance and extraordinary teaching abilities."

Blake Friedman, Class of 2013
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Candidate for Doctor of Medicine (MD) (2013–2017)