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BU or Tufts

Discussion in 'Allopathic School-Specific Discussions (<2017)' started by Chipster., May 13, 2014.

Bu or Tufts?

  1. BU

  2. Tufts

  1. Chipster.

    Chipster. Are you not entertained? 2+ Year Member

    Nov 6, 2013
    San DiFrangeles, California
    Age old debate, but I'm making my decision today and want more updated opinions on the schools. If anyone has any insight please let me know!
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  3. The Buff OP

    The Buff OP -lll-------lll- 2+ Year Member

    Apr 2, 2013
    Tufts is overkill on debt, brah.
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  4. Optimus-Prime

    Optimus-Prime 2+ Year Member

    Aug 28, 2013
    I didn't realize how high BU's MCAT average is... damn
  5. wiloghby

    wiloghby Perpetually interviewing 5+ Year Member

    Jun 16, 2012
    BU costs less and is just as fine a school to study at. What's to consider? If you have specific pros and cons in mind that make it a harder decision, please let us know.

    But from my outside perspective, I don't see why you would not just go to BU?
  6. bambam92

    bambam92 Banned Banned 2+ Year Member

    Nov 26, 2012
    Library Basement
    What is price difference? If there isn't any appreciable difference than I say choose the school based on your preferences. I heard Tufts is way easier to access as they have their own stop on the red line I believe. Tufts is in chinatown, which is actually kind of cool cause Boston is so small and this is essentially downtown. BU is in kind of a dumpy area and not even close to all the action like tufts is. I believe Tufts has nicer facilities, but you have interviewed at both so what do you think on that? All prices being equal or close to it I myself would probably choose Tufts. Seems like they really look out for there students more, and that whole craigslist killer from BU med a few years back is kinda sketch. :thumbdown: But OP I am def jelly of you for gaining acceptance into both of these schools, and I hope I can replicate what you did as I am hoping to be in Boston for med school. (have aunt there with place that I can live for free, and Boston is amazing!) The rankings are arbitrary because I say there isn't enough difference between the two to make any decisions on that. The only thing that sucks about both schools is price, but hey you're in a great position!

    And OP not to be a creep but if you don't mind mentioning or PM ing me your stats I would love to hear them as I am really hoping to get into both of those schools you had success with. I am taking MCAT this summer, (have 3.9 GPA so going by MSAR I am good in GPA category) . Buttt as another poster alluded to, damn the MCAT scores have been going up for these schools. 35 median for BU?! and 34 for tufts. I really hope I can hit those numbers on the MCAT somehow, which I realize is a really tall order. Gonna utilize sn2ed, so hoping :). Sorry for the rant OP, I am just kinda obsessed with you since you got into two of my dream schools! Good luck and let us know which you choose!:thumbup:
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  7. cookiemonsters

    cookiemonsters 2+ Year Member

    Feb 13, 2013
    They are essentially identical schools in terms of rep and opportunity. BTW BU's matriculant MCAT is still 34, the accepted MCAT score in the newest MSAR is 35.
    Last edited: May 13, 2014
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  8. coffeesnob

    coffeesnob 2+ Year Member

    Aug 2, 2011
    how is the curriculum different? integrated vs traditional? I know tuft has shorter preclinical years. I don't know anything about BU. my school has a completely integrated curriculum and I wish I had gone to somewhere with a traditional curriculum. very different.
  9. bakedbeans18

    bakedbeans18 "Truly misguided, with delusions of grandeur"

    Mar 9, 2014
    BU > Tufts.
  10. operavore

    operavore ASA Member 2+ Year Member

    Dec 10, 2013
    The difference between tuition+fees at BU and Tufts is only $4016. Pretty negligible. And Tufts' facilities are a lot nicer.
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  11. lmn

    lmn 2+ Year Member

    Dec 18, 2013
    Really depends on the financial aid/scholarship offers, that's why we are asking, not for the standard tuition/coa. If he received 20k/yr from BU and nothing from tufts, it's a big difference.
  12. wiloghby

    wiloghby Perpetually interviewing 5+ Year Member

    Jun 16, 2012
    wow I thought it was a lot more. That does change things. I agree with other posters who say you should look at curriculum, research opportunities in fields that might interest you, clinical opportunities, etc.

    I have also heard, as others have said, that BU's facilities, aside from maybe the actual BUMC, are a little beat up. But OP has ostensibly seen both campuses during interview day and/or Second Look? Just go to the school that seems a better fit for you. $4000 difference in CoA is not going to make any difference in the long run, especially when it's ~1% of your total debt. I find these debt figures to be scary.
  13. ridethecliche

    ridethecliche Meep Meep Meep 5+ Year Member

    Feb 2, 2011
    Tied to a library chair
    Boston is tiny. BU to tufts is like 10-15 mins on a bicycle.

    Also, what do you mean by 'action'? Tufts doesn't have a trauma center comparable to BU.
  14. egressive

    egressive 2+ Year Member

    Jul 23, 2013
    I had to make the same decision today and I went with BU. Personally, I figured Tufts wins during the pre-clinical years and BU wins the clinical. I've heard that everyone learns more or less the same things during the first two years, its just a matter of preference. I think the opportunity to work within the BMC will really provide me with a fantastic learning experience. Yeah Tufts has way nice facilities and all that... but after attending the revisit day at BU I honestly didn't think the building was that bad. At the end of the day all I really need is a space that's comfortable. Given that classrooms and such are all available 24/7 I can see myself being content studying there if the library is full or w/e. Lastly, since I'm unfamiliar with the Boston area I was happy to see that BU has its own on campus housing for med students.

    At the end of the day I truly don't think you can go wrong with either school. Go with your gut and don't look back. Good luck!
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  15. littsbanwuke


    May 13, 2014
    They are essentially identical schools in terms of rep and opportunity.They are essentially identical schools in terms of rep and opportunity.
  16. moop

    moop 1K Member Banned Account on Hold

    Dec 14, 2013
    Why did you write that twice.Why did you write that twice.
  17. tantacles

    tantacles Moderator Physician Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 7+ Year Member

    Sep 28, 2009
    I'm going to echo what everyone else has said: Tufts and BU are very similar schools. The fact that you would pay a total of $16,000 more to go to Tufts should make his decision a bit easier; you largely get the same education (delivered a different way) at any medical school you attend, so unless you were absolutely revolted by BU, my suggestion would be to choose BU.
  18. Ismet

    Ismet PGY-fun! Administrator Physician 5+ Year Member

    May 15, 2011
    Moving to SSD forum
  19. superdupercookie


    Mar 24, 2014
    I was faced with this decision also, and went with BU. After attending both second looks, I don't think the novelty of Tufts' campus makes up for the small size of their medical campus and the Chinatown location. I felt much more at ease on BU's campus, but perhaps that was partly due to the difference in cost - From my perspective, it's significant. Have you reviewed some of the previous match lists? As a native Californian hoping to return to the west coast after medical school, I was blown away by BU's match list, much less so by Tufts'.

    Go with your gut!
  20. Bulbasaur


    Feb 11, 2014
    I think the poll shows the clear winner
  21. Deciding2014


    May 3, 2014
    If you like the Tufts facilities, you can sign up to volunteer in Tufts' hospital, and your volunteer ID will grant you access to the medical school. You don't have to ever show up to volunteer, just keep the ID they give you. I used to do that when I was an undergrad so I could study in Tufts' sweet library. I used to snatch up one of those private rooms in the library whenever it was available lol. Sorry Tufts students!

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