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Confused about how to pick schools

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by SynapticDoctah, May 20, 2014.

  1. SynapticDoctah

    SynapticDoctah 2+ Year Member

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    So I am trying to choose which schools I want to apply to but don't even know where to start. My first "sorting" of schools was by price. I was setting my limit at 43,000 a year. However, I was watching a video on YouTube and the guy was talking about loan forgiveness programs and that you don't have to worry about your debt. Is this true? I'm so confused.
     
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  3. ToKingdomCome

    ToKingdomCome 5+ Year Member

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    First go by numbers if money is a constraint, then go by geographic locale.
     
  4. Drrrrrr. Celty

    Drrrrrr. Celty Osteo Dullahan 7+ Year Member

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    How to make a list

    1. LECOM
    2. In-state schools
    3. places you want to attend for geo and prestige
    4. low tier places you are willing to settle with if 1-3 fail.

    Choose until you reach 12-15.
     
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  5. SynapticDoctah

    SynapticDoctah 2+ Year Member

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    Well money is a constraint unless the loan forgiveness thing is true. I've never heard of it before until I watched that video. Apparently you pay your loans based on your income for 10 years and then your loans are forgiven?
     
  6. SynapticDoctah

    SynapticDoctah 2+ Year Member

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    I know LECOM is super cheap compared to the rest, but does this imply anything about the education and/or lack of anything? It just seems weird that all the other schools are so much more.
     
  7. Drrrrrr. Celty

    Drrrrrr. Celty Osteo Dullahan 7+ Year Member

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    I doubt it's lacking and if it is, it's still to a point that is tolerable. Regardless 20k less a year is enough for you to be quite content with your situation.
     
  8. verynice

    verynice 5+ Year Member

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    They are super strict on lecture attendance and dress code. Also I think they use exclusively a PBL curriculum so that is definitely something to consider.
     
  9. rzoo14

    rzoo14 5+ Year Member

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    Erie has LDP and DSP. Bradenton and Seton Hill are PBL only.
     
  10. SynapticDoctah

    SynapticDoctah 2+ Year Member

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    Also how worried should I be about the prices? How hard is it to repay the loans? Obviously people
    Are going to these 55k schools
     
  11. Epicspadias

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    You will either get into a state school and have a varying amount of debt around $150,000; or you will get into a private school with a debt somewhere around $250,000

    Apply to both, go where you get in. But remember that if you flunk out after a few years, you owe that money.
     
  12. Awesome Sauceome

    Awesome Sauceome SDN Gold Donor Gold Donor Classifieds Approved 2+ Year Member

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    Pretty accurate list, I took #1 out though because PBL scares me haha. Otherwise, thats basically how I did it:
    1) Places my wife could find work (so any school with 200K+ people within 30 minutes)
    2) Places that have a super solid rotations and reputation (ironically sort of goes hand in hand with #1 except for a for schools).
    3) low tier/backup
    Cross check to make sure none of your schools have major cost issues (MSU for out of state) or have massive in-state bias (OSU and TCOM). Then check anything else goofy (OUCOM has 5 year contract), stuff like that.

    Did this until I narrowed down 12 schools: 3 reach, 6 that I line up with their averages, 3 low tier.
     

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