Students in the program receive a tremendous amount of advising and academic support from the preprofessional advising staff. Students are encouraged to meet often throughout their time in the program with a preprofessional advisor from our office. We can provide you with resources, offer our advice, and guide you along the process of applying to a health professional school, but the ultimate responsibility for your planning rests with you.
The College's Preprofessional Advising Center (Silver Center, Room 901) helps students who are thinking about law, the health professions (e.g., medicine, dentistry, etc.), business, or other professional training, to plan their education with these goals in mind and to decide how, when, and where to apply to professional school. Preprofessional advisors help students explore various professions, suggest related readings, provide statistical information about the probability of admission to selected schools, and assist with the application process. Co-curricular programs are also offered, including panels by professionals, resume writing and interviewing workshops, and internships.
The Preprofessional Advising Center is located in Room 901 of the Main Building (Silver Center, 901), with eight full-time staff members who are ready to assist you. For more information, click here.
Please remember to make use of online resources, starting with the main NYU Prehealth website, which provides information relevant to all NYU students interested in a career in the Health Professions and links to many other helpful sites. There is also a calendar of important dates along with a general description of the process of applying to schools of the health professions. The guide to careers in the health professions on the prehealth website gives a brief overview of the many different fields within health care that you may choose to pursue.
Books and other materials
There are a number of pamphlets, fliers, and other resources in the Preprofessional Advising Center for your use. We have contact information for volunteer offices at Manhattan-area hospitals, and a calendar of important dates to keep you in track in the admission process. You can also call the reception desk in Silver 901 for access to a number of additional reference books, such as an updated version of the Medical School Admissions Requirements, the Osteopathic Medical College Information Book, the Veterinary Medical School Admissions Requirements, and much more. A list of reference books is available at the reception desk and is occasionally sent out over the prehealth listserv as well. You must leave your NYU ID with the reception desk while using these books – they cannot leave Silver 901.
The University Learning Center offers one-on-one peer tutoring sessions, small group review sessions, and daily "walk-in" tutoring. Some other departments also offer tutoring, although there may be fees for those services.
The University Learning Center currently has two locations:
The Academic Resource Center (ARC) at 18 Washington Place (between Washington Square East and Greene St.)
University Hall 110 East 14th Street (between 3rd and 4th Ave., in the UHall Commons)
For additional information about their hours and services, see the University Learning Center website.
*Please remember to use your NYU email account. After being enrolled in the Postbacc Program, all communication from this office is sent to your NYU email address. Activate your email account through start.nyu.edu.
Once you are registered for courses, you will gain access to the postbacc program's NYU Classes site. This site is used for announcements and providing helpful information and resources for current students. All program-wide messages from our program coordinators will be sent through NYU Classes.
The NYU Prehealth Program's listserv sends out "The Medical Record", which is our main method of communicating with the greater prehealth community at NYU. This weekly publication chronicles volunteer positions, health-related work opportunities, programs, workshops, community events, and preprofessional procedures and deadlines. Use your NYU email address to join the prehealth listserv to get the Medical Record delivered to your email address. To join, send a BLANK email from your NYU email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Messages are archived on the web.
The postbacc society on facebook is a student-run group through which you can meet and form connections with other postbaccs. Postbaccs share relevant articles on this page and invite classmates to health-related or community-building events. It is a closed group available only to students admitted into the program. Facebook Group: NYU Prehealth Postbaccalaureate [Postbacc] (https://www.facebook.com/groups/nyupostbacc/)
Postbacc Advisory Council
The Postbacc Advisory Council (PAC) works closely with the Preprofessional Advising Center in the College of Arts and Science at New York University to build a community of support among the postbacc students. Council members have the unique opportunity to develop leadership and networking skills while organizing education and outreach activities specific to the postbacc community.
Postbacc Mentors introduce new students to the NYU Postbacc Community and they help them acclimate to the rigors of a new program in New York City. Each semester, current postbacc students volunteer to be mentors and are then paired with new postbacc students coming in. Mentors meet with their mentees to answer questions about the program and provide guidance as the mentees start their classes. This relationship is maintained throughout the semester and beyond and serves as a great way to strengthen the Postbacc Community at NYU.
Postbacc Literary Review (PLR)
The Postbacc Literary Review (PLR) is a group that provides a venue for Postbaccs to further explore their interests in health care together. PLR provides additional programming for postbaccs including panel discussions and talks by prominent professionals in the health professions, and the sharing and discussion of papers of interest in the field of medicine and health.