Ok, well I'll preface this with an apology for spawning yet another "vs." thread in this forum, and preemptively thanking you all for your input. My dilemma is this: I have yet to hear from my #1 school, UW, at which I interviewed in November. I remember them telling me they were generally slow in the acceptance process, so I've reserved a reasonably optimistic view of my chances there in the coming months. Besides not hearing from them, I was accepted everywhere else I interviewed at on December 1st. This has turned out to be a bittersweet connundrum: now, like many others, I am two weeks away from potentially throwing away $1-1.5k on a deposit that I'll later back out of. That said (and thank you if you're still reading), I've narrowed my deposit candidates to two: LLU and Michigan. I thought both schools were competent and had fairly comparable facilities. Michigan seems more research/specialization oriented than LLU's more clinical-emphasis approach, and I don't have any serious plans to pursue a specialty. Ann Arbor is a nice town but cold and snowy much of the year, and the Inland Empire is sunny and warm but alas gridlocked both figuratively and literally in suburban dolldrums (from what I remember of living there 10 years ago). I'm not SDA or particularly religious, but I don't so much mind zealots or compulsory chapel so long as I can bring my homework. LLU's deposit: $1000 Michigan's: $1500 I'm going on a trip for a couple months to Japan and then from Vladivostok-Berlin on the Transsiberian railroad in March, and could use that extra $500 dollars. And with the possibility of getting into UW in the back of my mind, I'm really temped to just pick the cheaper of the two deposits. I would greatly appreciate any input on comparisons between the two schools, my likelihood of still hearing from UW, my overvaluation of $500 dollars/quality of a school's weather, or any such factors. Thanks!!!