This is obviously a bit late, but really want some outside opinions! I am mostly wondering if picking LSU over Feinberg would close any doors for me in terms of residency match or future opportunities. I've heard mixed reviews- some say its more about the student, others say a top-20 name holds a lot of weight. For background, I'm a pretty hardworker and I tend to be pretty resourceful. I don't think I want to go into primary care- probably a more competitive specialty. Northwestern: This is an amazing school but overall the city and winter seem really daunting to me. I did undergrad in the NE and the winter there was really, really hard on me and interfered with academic performance, etc. + amazing research and support for scholarly project + great faculty + awesome diversity resources and support networks + condensed curriculum - COA would be about $130,000 more - Chicago COA gives me anxiety - $1200-1400 is average rent for living close to school - I'm worried the winter will be hard and I won't be happy - more competitive than LSU - far from family and S.O. LSU: + cheap COA + 1/3 tuition scholarship (full tuition is abuot 32k so it's significant!) + close to family - since I went to boarding school and away from college, this is important to me! + new Orleans is awesome - I'm worried there isn't as much support for research, even tho they recently implemented a new honors program for research which looks awesome - I'm worried I'll be at a disadvantage for residency match - curriculum is 2 years - seems to be pretty disorganized - i'm worried about the student body. I love my nola friends, but this is a state school, and Lousiana is a .. well.. interesting state. If I'm being honest, my gut says go with LSU because it's so much more comfortable for me and so much cheaper. But it feels very difficult to let go of a top-20 school with such great resources and support networks for this reason. Any thoughts or input would be appreciated!