I vote for Vanderbilt. Comparable schools in terms of education and prestige, but your life at Vanderbilt would alot more fun, no doubt. Plus, the Kentucky Derby is closer. Mint Juleps and world class horses, oh yeah. If you are a country music fan, then Nashville, of course. But if you are into riding mechanical bulls, or you like girls who ride mechanical bulls while drinking beer (and admittedly that does have a certain appeal), then, Houston gets the nod. But the weather blows. I have no dog in this hunt, but given the choice, Vanderbilt hands down.
the whole cowboy stereotype about texas is not true. Sure there are alot here, but most people are your average everyday person not the marlboro man going to club each weekend.
baylor is better.
Even if you don't buy a condo and claim in-state after 1st year, Baylor's OOS tuition is still about half of Vanderbilt's tuition. Both are pretty equally great schools reputation-wise, with their associated residency programs being strong in different areas.
Baylor - pediatrics, rehab, psychiatry, ophtho, ENT, cardiology, neurology, neurosurgery, urology, plastic surgery
Vanderbilt - internal medicine (and all subspec except cardiology, where baylor is SLIGHTLY ahead), emergency medicine, anesthesia, ob/gyn (don't know how good Vanderbilt's program actually is, but it HAS to be better than baylor's), rad-onc, ortho (same story as ob/gyn)
Surgery is probably a tie. Derm *anywhere* is "prestigious." No clue about radiology.
I would think that BCM would be the obvious choice, the the masses seem not to agree.
However, the disproportionate number of Vandy votes makes me wonder how many people here are on the Baylor waitlist...