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Ohio State University vs. University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by jnguyen0815, Dec 19, 2005.

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    I'd appreciate any advice. OSU accepted me, and Minnesota offered me an interview. In your opinion, would it be worth it to go to Minnesota's interview? I'm wondering, because my family's on a pretty tight budget... Thanks alot everyone. :)
     
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    I know nothing about Minnesota but would be happy to answer any questions about OSU...here or via PM. Good luck.


     
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    Go with OSU. The weather is a little better there during the wintertime than in Minnesota.
     
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    good criteria, weather wimp.
     
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    The University of Minnesota has an excellent Medical School.
     
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    U of Minn is an excellent school. If money is tight, I would definitely do the interview. If accepted at both there may be important differences in final cost. Minneapolis/St. Paul area is infinitely better than Columbus!
     
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    I do have to say that I was really impressed with the U of M after interviewing there (I had pretty low expectations because I had visited the undergrad a couple times and didn't like it much.) The facilities aren't the best at the U, but the admin and the students were all really nice. The curriculum is undergoing some major changes and students have alot of input, so I think that's pretty cool. Also, they offer several scholarships that cover out of state tuition for your whole time there, and the new Flexible MD program means that you only pay for 4 years of school, whether you go 3.5 years or 6 years or however long you want (take classes at the grad schools, work, raise a family, etc) PLUS the tuition cost is set once you matriculate...meaning that the price isn't going to jump next year due to budget cuts or inflation or anything like that. So, bascially what I'm saying is that if you can afford to do the interview, it would be a good thing! (plus they don't interview many out of staters.)
     
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    Columbus OH is a great little city! and OSU Med is an excellent program.

    I don't know what cost of living is in minneapolis, but housing in cols is really affordable compared to natl avg.

    The one thing I would say for StPaul is they may have a more diverse urban pop than columbus (huge Hmung community amongst other minorities).

    We live outside DC now, and I will say it would be hard for us to go back to Ohio, partly b/c of the weather and partly b/c of the food here (great cheap ethnic food on every corner).

    I did my undergrad at Ohio State, it's a decent area to live in with a family. get advice from other students and faculty/staff about good neighborhoods/schools, regardless of which university you choose.
     
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    I can tell you from personal experience, both schools are excellent. If you are thinking about not going to U of Minn because of the price of a ticket, that's one thing, and thats more up to you.

    If you are talking about the cost of tuition and living, then that's another I can talk about. If you are out of state, and are going to OSU, then you will pay $20,000 out of state fee, but this is only for 1 year, as it is almost automatic that you get state residency after a year. You can avoid this fee if you are married and your spouse starts a full time job in Ohio. Otherwise, tuition is approximately the same as other state schools. The cost of living is low, population is somewhat less diverse than twin cities, but there are decent things to keep you interested in Columbus. One thing is Columbus and Ohio state are widely spread out (with little public transportation you will be driving a lot). Some live within walking distance of the school, but many chose to live further away and drive.

    U of Minn. Excellent school with good reputation also. The out of state tuition when I was accepted was waived for the first year, and you get in state residency for the remainder of the years. I heard that this was standard for all out of staters. I would say that weather is a little colder than Ohio, but nothing horribly worse. It definately snows more, but there are also a lot more outdoor activities there (remember, state of 10,000 lakes). Also, the twin cities are very alive with much more ethnic restaurants and activities.

    The decision that I made came down to this: Columbus was more or less NEAR the city's downtown...Minnesota is IN the city. There are many pluses and minuses to both. Good luck.

    sscooterguy
     
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    ... maybe I shouldn't have asked... my mind became set a few days later but now it's starting to ponder again... aaahhh!!! thanks for the advice everyone :)
     

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