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Northwestern vs Pitt

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by angel52776, May 10, 2007.

  1. angel52776

    angel52776 Bob Loblaw Law Blog 2+ Year Member

    Mar 22, 2007
    Sorry to jump on the x school vs y school thread bandwagon, but I am struggling with this decision a bit and would like some input from some helpful SDNers

    Both schools are offering me small scholarships that cover about a quarter of total costs. The scholarship to Northwestern is slightly bigger, but cost of living definitely makes up for it. Plus I'm not too terribly worried about cost differences.

    I feel like Pitt is a slightly better program and UPMC is an awesome hospital system. I just can't get over how much more I loved downtown Chicago than Pittsburgh. Should that be enough of a factor to sway me to Northwestern?

    Any input would be nice, thanks guys! :rolleyes:
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  3. chickendump

    chickendump New Member 2+ Year Member

    Jun 27, 2006
    If cost is not a factor, I personally think there are only two things that matter: reputation and location. For me, Feinberg's location was the clincher since I didn't feel that the other schools I was considering had an overwhelming edge in terms of reputation. So yes, location can be enough of a factor. Of course you're not me, so you'll have to decide how important it is.
  4. powerbooki

    powerbooki Member 5+ Year Member

    Sep 1, 2005
    Since the two schools are so similar academics/clinical training/research wise, I'd go Northwestern for location, just more options for fun and relaxation in case you need a break.
  5. Doctor~Detroit

    Doctor~Detroit this poll sux!!! 2+ Year Member

    May 9, 2006
    i'll just add that you would have better outdoor opportunities at pitt. also consider that if you want to live in feinberg's area of chicago, you're gonna pay a premium for it.
  6. y8507

    y8507 2+ Year Member

    Nov 12, 2006
    i'd say northwestern. similar program, better location.
  7. Bubblehead-to-MD

    Bubblehead-to-MD Emergency Blow! 5+ Year Member

    Jan 10, 2006
    Baltimore, MD
    This is definitely one of those decisions that has to come from personal preference / gut feeling. It sounds to me like you are leaning towards Northwestern, and hoping someone will either agree with that, or come up with some amazing justification for you to go to Pitt.

    You can't go wrong with either decision. We're talking about two schools that are equivalent is just about every regard, except for the experience during the clinical years. UPMC has a monopoly on health care in Western Pennsylvania, whereas Northwestern students have to share experiences with the other med schools in the Chicago area. So, one could argue that Pitt has the advantage in the clinical years.

    You just need to decide whether or not you want to live in a less than ideal location for you to experience that advantage (if, in fact, it does exist).

    I think you would be very happy at Northwestern!

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