I have a dilemma on my hands. I have been accepted to two schools; one of them a SUNY school and one of them in Ann Arbor. As you can see, I am comparing a top ten school and an unranked school (according to USNews). Anyone can see the advantages of attending the school in Ann Arbor and see how it may open up doors in the future. In the future I would like to go into academic medicine, researching a certain disease, we will call it disease X. However, at my state school, I have been offered a chance to do research on an idea to treat disease X. I am the one who originally came up with the idea and a PhD I am currently working with wrote it up, shipped it off to the NIH and it is going to be funded $100,000 for 6-12 months. He has told me that he is going to work on this project whether I am at my state school or not through his private company. It is a truly revolutionary idea that probably with be in the clinics within 5 years. He has also offered to pay for my entire medical school if I stay to work on the project. Do I "sell out" and go to the top ten and not do the research that I would love to do in hopes that the name will help me out in the future? Or do I go to the school that has considerably less prestige, do my research, get some quality publications, and graduate debt free?