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Zucker Pipeline Program (ZPP) Application

The Application for the 2021 ZPP Program will be open on January 15, 2021. All students who meet the ZPP Program admission requirements are encouraged to apply.

Please be advised that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 ZPP Program may be offered as either a blended and/or virtual experience to adhere to socially distancing rules and to continue preparing students for academic achievement. The 2020 ZPP Program was offered 100% virtually to 18 students. After completion of the 2020 ZPP Program, all students reported feeling more prepared for their next academic level and receiving more insight on careers in the healthcare professions. Additionally, one ZPP Program student was offered early admission to the Zucker School of Medicine. We will continue to update applicants on the status of the 2021 ZPP Program.

Scholarship Day 2019

Program Information:

There is no application fee for the ZPP Program.. Admitted students will receive a $1,250.00 annual stipend. The six-week ZPP Program will commence on Monday, June 28, 2021, and end on Friday, August 8, 2021.

ZPP students who:

    1. excel in the ZPP and
    2. demonstrate strong performance on the MCAT Exam

will be highly considered for direct matriculation to the Zucker School of Medicine.

Program Sessions:

The ZPP focuses on helping top college students become more competitive applicants for admission to the Zucker School of Medicine, and other medical schools. The ZPP is a comprehensive pre-medical program which offers the following learning sessions:

  • Level 1 – Science enrichment courses for Rising College Sophomores. Tests will be given to monitor improvement in and understanding of the following courses: Physics, Chemistry, and Anatomy & Physiology.
  • Level 2 – MCAT test preparation program for Rising College Juniors.
  • Level 3 – Research Experience for Rising College Seniors.

Participation and success in each level of the ZPP is a component of the interview process for potential admission to the Zucker School of Medicine.

Application Timeline:

  • January 15, 2021 – Application site is opened on the website for the Zucker School of Medicine
  • March 1, 2021 – Full consideration for admission to the ZPP is given to students who submit a completed application by this deadline.
  • April 1, 2021 - Application deadline.
  • April 8, 2021 – Applicants will be notified of their status.

Admission Requirements:

Applicants are selected for the ZPP Program while they are enrolled as a freshman in college. Applicants must have earned a 3.2 GPA in a bachelor's degree program and have successfully passed, and demonstrated success, in a college-level biology class and a college-level chemistry class. Completion of a physics level class is preferred, but not required. Students must have a composite score of 1200 or higher on the New SAT and/or a score of 25 or higher on the ACT. The ZPP is a highly competitive program.

Strong consideration for admission to the program will be given to candidates who are:

  1. ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school class.
  2. willing to commit to participating in the three-year program.
  3. willing to maintain a good attendance record.

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the Zucker School of Medicine in conjunction with the Office of Admissions at the Zucker School of Medicine, jointly known as the ZPP Selection Committee, makes all decisions for admissions to the Zucker Pipeline Program.

Policies:

  • Students must be college freshmen.
  • Students must be U.S. citizens.
  • Students must identify with a group that is under represented in medicine in the healthcare professions.
  • Students must come from an economically disadvantaged background.
  • Students must demonstrate an ongoing interest in the field of medicine.
  • If accepted into the program, students must secure Medical Clearance from the Office of Employee Health Services at Northwell Health.
  • To advance to the second year of the ZPP, students must maintain a minimum of a 3.3 GPA. Also, students must receive a recommendation from the ZPP Selection Committee to advance to the second year of the program. The recommendation will be based on the student's academic performance, engagement in the ZPP and attendance record. 
  • To advance to the third year of the ZPP, students are strongly encouraged to earn a minimum of a 3.5 GPA. Also, students must receive a recommendation from the ZPP Selection Committee to advance to the third year of the program. The recommendation will be based on the student's academic performance, engagement in the ZPP and attendance record.  
  • The Deans for Diversity and Inclusion have the right to dismiss a student from the ZPP, at any time, due to difficulties including, but not limited to, unsatisfactory academic performance, more than two absences during summer, and lack of professionalism.

Application Process

Please complete the application which requires:
 Completing the Zucker Pipeline Program online student information form (NOW OPEN) 
 A 250-word essay stating the reason why you are interested in participating in the ZPP.
 One letter of recommendation provided by a college professor.
 One copy of the applicant's first-semester college transcript.
 One copy of the applicant's SAT Composite Score Record, and/or ACT Composite Score Record.
 If applicable, one copy of the applicant's Advance Placement Exam Score(s).
 Verification of class ranking in graduating class from high school, if available.  
 All of the foregoing materials (one letter of recommendation, first-semester college transcript, standardized college admissions exam(s) scores, class ranking) must be e-mailed by April 1, 2021, to Mrs. Gina Granger at Gina.G.Granger@Hofstra.eduGina.G.Granger@Hofstra.edu

If you have questions about the application, please email the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. Thank you for your interest in the Zucker Pipeline Program at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell.


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