Advice on picking undergrad school

Bella.Goth

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  1. Pre-Medical
    I’m not very big on name brand schools - I’m only planning on applying to schools that offer (automatic) full rides based on my current stats. Most of the schools in my list are lower tier HBCUs. From what I understand, your undergrad doesn’t matter as long as you can get plenty of research, volunteering, and clinical experience in. I worry that if I go to one of the more rural schools on my list or one that doesn’t have a lot of research opportunities, I won’t be very competitive.

    I’m going in as a bio major. At most of the schools, I’ll come in with about 30 credits through AP classes (but I’m iffy on using all of them). I also understand that, in some cases, going to undergrad in a different state may give you a slight boost for OOS med school applications. Is this true?

    School A (Alabama)
    Pros
    • Can maintain (auto) full ride with a 3.0
    • Research opportunities seem plentiful
    • Honors college (not sure if this is that big of a pro, but I'll list it here)
    • In a city
    Cons
    • Small, somewhat unsafe city
    • No established pre med assistance organization

    School B (Alabama)
    Pros
    • Can maintain (auto) full ride with a 3.2
    • Pre med assistance group (with MCAT tutoring and exclusive(?) volunteering opportunities
    • Research opportunities seem plentiful
    • Small (about 2,000ish students)
    Cons
    • About 45 minutes away from the nearest city (and I can't have a car until sophomore year)
    • According to a mock semester by semester schedule, I would have to take 17 credit hours every semester until senior year????
    School C (Texas)
    Pros
    • Can maintain (auto) full ride with a 3.2
    • Very nice facilities
    • Pre med assistance group (MCAT tutoring and slight boost for IS med schools... not sure what else it entails)
    • Honors program
    • Research opportunities plentiful (has more in depth info about undergrad volunteering than other schools)
    Cons
    • 45 minutes away from the nearest city on a good day (and I can't have a car until sophomore year)
    • Closest hospital is 30 minutes away

    School D (West Virginia)
    Pros
    • Nice facilities
    • In a city
    • Honors college
    • Pre med assistance group (MCAT tutoring and networking)
    Cons
    • Little mention of undergrad research
    • No mention of what GPA is necessary to maintain full ride (isn't automatic)
    School E (Mississippi)
    Pros
    • Nice facilities
    • Pre med assistance group
    • Research opportunities available
    • In a city
    Cons
    • No mention of what it takes to maintain scholarship (isn't automatic)
    School F (Virginia - In State)
    Pros
    • Close to home
    • Plenty of research opportunities
    • Attached to a med school
    • In a large city
    • Pre med assistance available
    Cons
    • Most expensive - will probably end up costing somewhere between $7k - $11k per year
    • Not competitive for its BS/MD program, which is where it gets a lot of its students
     
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