sheepsheep

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Hi everyone, I've been lurking for a few weeks now but finally decided to post. =) So my problem is I need to choose between Columbia and Stony Brook. Even though I have read the websites and visited both schools, I still feel like I don't have the best "feel" for either school to make a decision between the two. I am aware of some factors like

location
price (I'm not a NY resident anyway)
similar curriculum

but asides from those exterior factors, I'd like to know more about the schools from people who are currently attending or who are more knowledgeable than me about them! I have heard much more about Columbia from this board and friends who know of the school but not much on Stony Brook. I'm also aware of the debate on the pre-dental board about whether Columbia is the best school for specializing or not so I won't ask the question of whether I should go to Columbia or Stony Brook if I want to be a GP/specialist since it seems to be a moot point.

What I'd really like to know is

why I should go to either Columbia or Stony Brook
what kind of person would be best suited for the environment
what are the pros and cons (main gripes) are for each school
what the general experience of the students there are (whether they are happy, sad, annoyed)
what the two schools are generally known for (more clinical, more research, more academic...)?
Does anyone have any numbers on the two schools about boards or gprs/aegds and specializations?

Also, for those who are currently attending or will attend Stony Brook, how do you feel about the small class size?

Hope you guys are still awake! I'll also be posting this on the other board so I apologize for the duplicate post but I wanted to make sure everyone could see this and help me out! Thanks again for the help!!!
 

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sheepsheep,
Are you accepted to both schools? Are you applying for 2005? I know for fact that Stony Brook DOES NOT pick any students out-of-state. Do not waste your money.
 

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Hi Aileen,

Yes I have been accepted to both schools even though I am out of state. Thanks for asking!
 
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sheepsheep,
Good for you. :thumbup: I'm jealous. "Official Guide to Dental School" from ADEA will have to provide a new stat for 2004 cycle. There was none (out-of-state) for last 3-4 years according to that book. Good luck.
 

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Thanks Aileen. I actually didnt' get to read the book and I had a lot of doubt visiting Stony Brook after reading the SDN interview experiences. However, when I got there, I met one girl (I think one of the upperclassmen) who was out of state and who told me there were some out-of-staters. I made sure to ask my interviewer about it during the interview and I think that helped to show my interest. Perhaps the book does need to be updated.
 

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its good to see that we will have a little bit of geographic diversity on our class.

Where are you from SheepSheep?? Cali?
 

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Hi spooky42, my place of residence is indeed California. (Hence my mistaken thought in another post that columbia dental was not in manhattan lol).
 

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Do you plan on sticking around and practicing in new york after you graduate?
Aside from cost of schools, cost of living and type of living will vary greatly.
If you like the city atmosphere, columbia is your best bet. If you like a more suburban feel, stony brook. As far as that Ivy league crap, dont buy into that. trust me, it doesnt matter all that much where you go, just do well and be comforatable. All these schools meet ada requirements. Consider you are going to be 3000 miles away from home, I dont know how many friends or relatives you have in this (new york ) area. So, considering they are both very good schools, I think more importantly, where will you feel more comfortable living for the next 4 years. In order to do as well as you can in dental school, it is so important that you eliminate as much extra stress as you can. The schools will provide enough of that. I did nt go to either one of these schools, But I live on long island, I practice on long island (for about 10 years), I did my undergrad at stony brook university and I did a 2 year general practice residency porgram at university hospital at stony brook.

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Hi larry, thanks for your input. I have actually decided on going to stony brook versus columbia for several reasons including the ones you have mentioned. I'm sure I made the right decision. Now my only problem is finding a place to live. =)
 
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