Does it look like I'm taking the easy way out? JHU vs Harvard Extension

Mar 3, 2017
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Hey, I'm an undergrad at Johns Hopkins who's planning to graduate a full year early. I decided to graduate early before deciding to pursue medicine, mostly for financial reasons - tuition is 60k a year. I recently decided that medicine is the right path for me, and will have a few pre med classes left to complete post-grad. I thought I would do them at Harvard Extension, since the total cost there would be ~$8,000, and I'd be done within a calendar year even if I have a job concurrently.

When admissions officers look at my application, will they question why I graduated from Hopkins a year early only to do a post bacc at a less rigorous school? Does it look like I'm just avoiding the difficulty of Hopkins? I could theoretically stay at Hopkins for a fourth year and double up on sciences, but truth be told, I know Hopkins' level of rigor and I know it would hurt my GPA.
I figured this was a win-win-win: I save money, I protect my undergrad gpa, I go to a post bacc program w a good reputation... but am I missing something?
 

PageDrT

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I think you could explain the financial aspect of it all. If you manage to get decent marks it's good. You're good. It makes sense.
 

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Hey, I'm an undergrad at Johns Hopkins who's planning to graduate a full year early. I decided to graduate early before deciding to pursue medicine, mostly for financial reasons - tuition is 60k a year. I recently decided that medicine is the right path for me, and will have a few pre med classes left to complete post-grad. I thought I would do them at Harvard Extension, since the total cost there would be ~$8,000, and I'd be done within a calendar year even if I have a job concurrently.

When admissions officers look at my application, will they question why I graduated from Hopkins a year early only to do a post bacc at a less rigorous school? Does it look like I'm just avoiding the difficulty of Hopkins? I could theoretically stay at Hopkins for a fourth year and double up on sciences, but truth be told, I know Hopkins' level of rigor and I know it would hurt my GPA.
I figured this was a win-win-win: I save money, I protect my undergrad gpa, I go to a post bacc program w a good reputation... but am I missing something?

After paying off half of my undergrad, I think this is a wise decision. I can't say how adcoms will see it, but if you explain it as a financial decision it shouldn't be frowned upon.
 
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