I posted about this about a week ago, but alost all of the responses were speculation of finance differences. I have been considering this decision for a week with no change... I am completely torn. With scholarships/grants, GTown is $17K more expensive total this year, but that could change in other years, since I have $13K in scholarships from Oklahoma that may nto be here every year. Also, I'm still waiting to hear from GTown's finaid office about possibly raising their offer, so that gap may possibly close, but it's not likely. Here are the things I've considered so far: Location: Oklahoma is close to my family and friends (I'm a very relationship-grounded person). BUT Georgetown has the exciting DC atmosphere (I thrive on change). Oklahoma has horrible weather, but I think DC may, too. Oklahoma isn't as exciting as GTown, but I may never actually spend time in DC since I'll be so busy. Also the facilities seemed run down and limited at GTown, and they're pretty nice at Oklahoma. Then you have to factor in travel... If I live close to campus, walking at GTown would be nice (saves on gas mileage and car expenses, and I love exercize), but driving in DC would be an astronomical pain. OKC is easy to navigate and traffic is almost non-existent, but it's a commuter city, and walking is not an option. Cost: Yes, GTown is ore expensive, but scholarships/grant money have the possibility to change every year, Oklahoma's not exactly cheap itself, and Oklahoma has raised it's tuition by almost 10% (the legal limit) in like 3 out of the last 4 years. Prestige: Oklahoma is a US allo school, so I know it will provide a good education, but I have heard more than it's share of bad things. GTown has a stinkin good name... I don't know if it is actually a better school, but it certainly has more prestige, and whether I like it or not, that will play a role in residency matches. A few people from Oklahoma match incredibly well every year, but there's no guarantee that will be me. Many more match competively at GTown. Teaching: I have heard mediocre things about GTown's curriculum, and less-than-mediocre things about Oklahoma's. Oklahoma either has students score exceptionally well on the boards, or they bomb it, or so it seems. Oklahoma's curriculum is very outdated, but GTown's is new, and may not work well. Opportunities: GTown has the opportunity to study complementary and alternative health, which I really like, but I doubt I could afford the extra year to study it, anyway. Oklahoma isn't very flexible in terms of opportunity (no room for anything but core clinical rotations in yoru third year), but they may let me pursue outside interests my fourth year (work in South America, study in the East, etc). Student Body: I am super-conservative, but I have friends of every imaginable background. I may have a harder time finding people similar to myself at GTown, but I also haven't been blown away by the students at Oklahoma. I felt that the GTown students were more laid-back, diverse, and fun. The Oklahoma students seem more uptight and closed-off. Also, most students seem to be 22 with no or little life experience (and tons of them are married/engaged, which I am nowhere close to). I am 25, highly-motivated, I have lots of life experience, and I don't believe in sitting around studying all the time, or planting myself in front of a television or a bar for fun. I don't know any GTown students weel, but I also am not connected to the Oklahoma students, and I feel that more of them will already come in connected from the big state schools. Grading Systems: They are both pretty much the same as undergrad, and they both seem to have a LOT of competition. Start-Up Costs: GTown is a $100 deposit refundable by May 15th, and an additional $900 deposit refundable by July 2nd. If I remember correctly (it's been a long time), is also $100 refundable by May 15th. GTown will also cost me abotu $1000 more in moving costs. What makes this decision even more complicated: 1. I've only had a week to make this decision. 2. I'm in South America, so I cannot just call up the schools to chat about this stuff (and my mom will have to handle paperwork). 3. I'm on 4 waitlists, 3 of which I would sell significant body parts to come off of. I am terrified to go to Oklahoma, miss out on new cool experiences, be bored out of my mind, work my tail off, and then end up not matching like I want to. But I am equally scared to go to GTown, pay a bunch of extra money, miss my family, be miserable in DC, and always wonder if I could have matched just as well in Oklahoma... Or worse, match badly from GTown and have paid that extra money for nothing. Please, please, please, if you have any ideas, other criterion, experience, insider information, etc... Lend me a hand. I know I'm blessed to be making this decision, but it feels like a curse.