Aug 7, 2015
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Hi y'all,

I am currently evaluating postbac premed programs in NYC, and I would love some up-to-date feedback from anyone who has attended a program in NYC or who has heard things about them. I've read all of the information I can find here about such programs, but there haven't been any recent discussions about them.

I'm currently considering
-NYC
-Columbia
-Hunter
-City College

Has anyone attended these programs recently? I would love to hear about your experience.

Also, if you've gone the DIY route in NYC I would love to hear about that too.

THANK YOU!
 

darkeon

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Oct 16, 2014
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NYC? You mean NYU?

Stick to CUNY schools. Cheaper and gets the same job done. City College, however, does not have any med school linkage for post-bacc non-trad students. I can't speak on the others.
 

notsaturated

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Aug 24, 2015
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Hi- I wanted to bump this thread. I'm interested to hear from someone who has recently completed or is currently enrolled in either Hunter or Columbia. I was recently accepted to both programs and now trying to decide between the two. I understand Hunter is much cheaper, but considering that education is already an investment, I want to make a decision based on the quality of the program and my chances of getting into vet school. I'm leaning towards Hunter, but heard mixed reviews that the profs don't care about the students and it will be difficult to get recommendation letters, which makes me think Columbia is worth the investment. Can someone shed light on either program? Thanks.


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darkeon

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Hi- I wanted to bump this thread. I'm interested to hear from someone who has recently completed or is currently enrolled in either Hunter or Columbia. I was recently accepted to both programs and now trying to decide between the two. I understand Hunter is much cheaper, but considering that education is already an investment, I want to make a decision based on the quality of the program and my chances of getting into vet school. I'm leaning towards Hunter, but heard mixed reviews that the profs don't care about the students and it will be difficult to get recommendation letters, which makes me think Columbia is worth the investment. Can someone shed light on either program? Thanks.


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A student at neither but I will say that you will be good taking your pre-reqs at any school, even community colleges. Mind you, you should check up on which schools accept cc credit and you'll end up taking biochem at any 4 year regardless.
 
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The Columbia program was great and also frustrating. Some classes were taught by professors who enjoyed teaching and mentoring students. Others weren't, which is the case at most universities. There were opportunities for research, volunteering and shadowing because of the proximity to St. Luke's Hospital and NYC-Presbyterian and because students are in NYC. Some students wanting to go to vet and dental school expressed that there were less opportunities for them to research and volunteer. Not completely sure because I was going the medical route. There are interest groups on campus for people going the dental and vet routes though.

Columbia was expensive. I don't know anyone who went to the Hunter program so I can't compare quality of the education. But I know that professional schools usually screen with GPA, then look at MCAT/standardized test scores so I think it's more important that you finish the pre-reqs than where you finish them. I don't think there will be a huge difference in education whether you attend the Hunter or Columbia program. I've heard most students say that Columbia is expensive because students are paying for the name, the school's brand. I have a friend who thinks that it helped him land medical school interviews.

Many of the people you start the program with will not finish. It's not because the material is especially difficult, but because the environment is suffocating and competitive. As long as you find a good group of friends and stress-relieving activities, you'll be fine.
 
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notsaturated

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The Columbia program was great and also frustrating. Some classes were taught by professors who enjoyed teaching and mentoring students. Others weren't, which is the case at most universities. There were opportunities for research, volunteering and shadowing because of the proximity to St. Luke's Hospital and NYC-Presbyterian and because students are in NYC. Some students wanting to go to vet and dental school expressed that there were less opportunities for them to research and volunteer. Not completely sure because I was going the medical route. There are interest groups on campus for people going the dental and vet routes though.

Columbia was expensive. I don't know anyone who went to the Hunter program so I can't compare quality of the education. But I know that professional schools usually screen with GPA, then look at MCAT/standardized test scores so I think it's more important that you finish the pre-reqs than where you finish them. I don't think there will be a huge difference in education whether you attend the Hunter or Columbia program. I've heard most students say that Columbia is expensive because students are paying for the name, the school's brand. I have a friend who thinks that it helped him land medical school interviews.

Many of the people you start the program with will not finish. It's not because the material is especially difficult, but because the environment is suffocating and competitive. As long as you find a good group of friends and stress-relieving activities, you'll be fine.
Thank you for your insightful feedback!