Help me decide: NYU vs. Fordham vs. Columbia University

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Hello Everyone,

I'm wondering if anyone has any thoughts to likes/dislikes of NYU or Fordham or Columbia University?

Many of the previous threads mentioned that Fordham's administration was unresponsive during their time there. However, I think there have been some changes, as the director of the program has been very responsive and seems really great.

Some of the pros/cons for the programs are: (outside of the huge expense)

  • NYU -
    • Pros - Access to clinical experience, formal cohort program, linkage
    • Cons - Huge classes, very competitive, only day classes

  • Fordham -
    • Pros - Small classes (30 students max), night classes, hands-on director
    • Cons - No linkage, no formal cohort, no clinical experience

  • Columbia -
    • Pros - 24/7 tutoring, reputation, linkage​
    • Cons - Gunner classes, very competitive, huge cohort and classes​

I did look into CUNY's Post Bacc program, and apply, however, because of COVID and budget cuts their 14-month program has been eliminated. The director, Ms Belinda Smith, also mentioned that is not guaranteed you will get classes as you a not prioritized for signup. Time is of the essence for me so even though the cost is more affordable, I really do need to make sure I can get into each class on time so I can finish within 2 years.

I'm also curious what thoughts might be about the prestige of either? As I'm returning to school at 37, I am wondering, in addition to doing well in classes, which school might have more weight to medical schools? I feel like I will have to leverage everything I can to get into medical school since I'll be applying to school at 40 (gulp.)

Thank you for your insights!
 
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I got accepted into both Fordham and City college.
There are other options like Farmingdale in Long island but it is far away.
Another one is Rutgers they have linkage with RNJMs which is a great school.
I am in the same boat as you.

Age 26 currently doing a full time job.
Confused where to complete Post Bacc at.
But they say that Post Bacc college doesnt matter if you get good grades and MCAT.
Registering for classes can be hard at City college they say.

Brooklyn college , Hunter are other options.
I think fordham will guarantee you classes registeration.
Brooklyn is good too.

Try to apply to Bryn Mawr if you are okay with expensive ones.
Bryn MAwr , Johns Hopkins , Columbia , Brooklyn college , Hunter , Fordham , Lehman , Rutgers , Queens College are some options .
 

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I got accepted into both Fordham and City college.
There are other options like Farmingdale in Long island but it is far away.
Another one is Rutgers they have linkage with RNJMs which is a great school.
I am in the same boat as you.

Age 26 currently doing a full time job.
Confused where to complete Post Bacc at.
But they say that Post Bacc college doesnt matter if you get good grades and MCAT.
Registering for classes can be hard at City college they say.

Brooklyn college , Hunter are other options.
I think fordham will guarantee you classes registeration.
Brooklyn is good too.

Try to apply to Bryn Mawr if you are okay with expensive ones.
Bryn MAwr , Johns Hopkins , Columbia , Brooklyn college , Hunter , Fordham , Lehman , Rutgers , Queens College are some options .
There are other options like going to CUNy as degree student just completing pre-reqs and droping out.
Cos u only need pre -reqs . They have low fees and good choices of timings and classes
 
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