10+ Year Member
May 11, 2008
Hey everyone, im sitting on acceptances from robert wood johnson umdnj in jersey and Miami Miller. I'm having a real hard time picking between what miami has to offer and jerseys tuition break. Has anybody had to pick between these two, or a comparable situation (state school vs marginally better school in a nicer location but more money)?

Oh may15th and waitlists, how you loom over me.


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Sep 26, 2007
I'm from PA, and withdrew from Temple last week in favor of Miami Miller. I personally love Miami as a place and know that I will be extremely happy living there for the next 4 years. As well I got a great impression about the school and from the students I met during my interview. It just felt like the right place for me.

Also, cost is an issue for me and I've pretty much accepted the fact that I will be taking out all loans to pay for med school so I figured I might as well enjoy where I'm living.


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loll, I know I mentioned this in the Duke thread but I know you wanted more opinions so I'll give my admittedly somewhat ignorant thoughts. I almost went to UM and was prepared to go there over a few top 20 schools because I liked the school, the proximity to home (I'm from FL), the weather (huge for me), and the cost was cheaper. They do have solid match lists and I think a great clinical curriculum.

That being said, I don't think it's worth paying $100K more for UM compared to RWJ, which is also a good school. I have a couple good friends who are UM 2nd years and they haven't been too impressed with the basic science curriculum and the teaching quality so far. UM's strength is their clinicals, but as I mentioned, I don't think it's worth paying so much more. Plus, you'll be closer to home in NJ, if that makes a difference.

Good luck with your decision!