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Columbia, Penn or U. Chicago?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Blue Jay, Apr 10, 2000.

  1. Blue Jay

    Blue Jay New Member

    Apr 9, 2000
    Fairfax, VA USA
    I am trying to decide which school to go to. Here are my thoughts:

    Right now, I would say 1)Penn, 2)Columbia and 3)Chicago

    Penn. I like the curriculum at Penn the best -- 1.5 years of basic science, less lectures, honors not based on curve. Location -- in a decent city and on undergrad campus. Cost of living low. Excellent reputation. Worried about cost and the fact that Columbia may better for orthopedic surgery, which I want to go into. I think I fit in better with the students at columbia, but I like the curriculum less than at Penn and the area where I would be living would be MUCH more expensive and more unsafe.

    I held on to my Chicago acceptance because I really liked the students there and they all seemed very happy. However, I don't think Chicago has the same reputation as Penn and Columbia.

    I should get financial aid letters in about three weeks. I am not sure what to do -- if any of you know a lot about these schools, please advise.


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  3. japhy

    japhy Ski Bum 10+ Year Member

    Nov 8, 1999
    Alta, Ut
    chicago doesn't have a good reputation??? are you kidding? chicago may be ranked lower, still top twenty, but what does that mean? personally, my two dream schools are penn and chicago. i lean towrd chicago because they put a high emphasis on learning, just for the sake of learning. they have an excellent faculty and great resources. tough choice though. hope that i have those options next year. good luck.

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