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Ohio State vs SUNY Downstate


Full Member
2+ Year Member
Apr 17, 2019
  1. Pre-Medical
I was recently accepted off the WL at SUNY Downstate and need help deciding.

Ohio State:
-Higher rank/more established school/more funding for research and other things
-Received a half tuition scholarship
-Enjoyed the interview day

-Far from home
-Match list is heavy in the Midwest and I would like to match back in NYC
-Quartile ranked (not true P/F)

SUNY Downstate:
-Close to home and will allow me to be near my family
-AMAZING match list and very NYC heavy
-Awesome clinical experience

-Unranked/less established — normally would not care about this but with the change to p/f step 1, I am a little concerned
-Have not received financial aid yet but I’ve heard that Downstate does not have much money to give


Full Member
2+ Year Member
Dec 13, 2016
  1. Pre-Medical
Ohio State having a heavy Midwest match list is most likely due to more students from the midwest attending Ohio State who then want to stay in the Midwest. You'll have no problem matching anywhere from Ohio.

If Ohio State is cheaper, I say go Ohio (take into account the cost of living as well, NYC is expensive af). If Downstate is cheaper overall, go Downstate.

EDIT: Just realized it said you got a half-tuition scholarship from Ohio. Sounds like they'll be substantially cheaper overall than Downstate.
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