What is the difference between the potential of a columbia grad vs. a temple grad. I realize the pass/fail board rate for columbia is much better than temple, and the general prestige certainly favors one of these schools, but what really matters. I read that 90% of temple grads land a residency, and yes im sure at least this many columbs must as well. I will be (hopefully) the first doctor in my lineage. Have no father/mother to just throw me the extra 250k, no its all on me. I hear countless times 'dont worry about the debt', which is easy to say if your no the one having to repay the debt. Aren't board scores all relative, what if (yes perhaps unaware of the difficulty) I crushed the boards, in fact doing better than columbia students and I was only a temple kid? Would I then be considered on paper as hire-able, what about the fact a temple alumni would have more hands on experience (aka actual dental work) over anyone else? I am finding myself in this boat now, really wanting to go to temple, but friends (and nonfriends) are encouraging I chose ivy league and I keep hearing 'not to focus on the debt', but im just not seeing the point ?????????? Thanks Guys and Galls!