NYU vs. Columbia- Postbacc

Discussion in 'Postbaccalaureate Programs' started by medkid, Jun 18, 2008.

  1. medkid

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    so i've narrowed down my decision to either nyu or columbia. wonder if any of you have advice either way, or know of any pros or cons i should consider for either? obviously location, price, size, but i'm wondering if anyone has other considerations i should take into account? any first hand stories?

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    nothing, huh? i'm leaning towards columbia because it seems as though there is more support for the students there.. anyone feel that nyu would be a better choice, and why?
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    zach
     
  3. mfsooko

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    Hey Zach,

    I have come down to the same two schools as well... I am having a difficult decision, as both look to be reputable and have great advising. Let me know if you get any info that would tip the scales!

    Michael
     
  4. ajt2003

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    I went to Columbia for post-bacc and had a really great experience. The classes are very tough - those Columbia undergrads are pretty bright! - and the advising system was really what you made of it. A lot of people complained that they weren't being supported, but they also never made any effort. Also, a LOT of people dropped out after the first year b/c their hearts weren't in it, didn't think it would be so hard, etc.

    I had a friend who went to NYU who really enjoyed it b/c of their accelerated program - she did everything in about a year, where it took me two years to complete the program at Columbia (although, Columbia may have a more accelerated system in place). We both ended up at the same medical school at the end of the day.

    Honestly, I don't think medical schools are wowed by the Columbia/Ivy League factor. I would give each school one last look and just go where you feel more comfortable - do you like upper or lower Manhattan better? As someone on the admissions committee for UPenn School of Medicine, and a previous post-bacc, I can without a doubt tell you that the only thing that matters is doing well in your postbacc - wherever you end up.

    Good luck!
     
  5. Lindseysayshi

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    Columbia does offer an accelerated sequence that starts in the spring. Just fyi!
     

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