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Pitt or Minnesota

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I need some help everyone.

OOS for both Pitt and Minnesota. Received a 3k/year scholarship from Pitt. I am a Wiche applicant so IF I get awarded the Wiche funding I'll receive about 25k/ year only if I attend a school the state of North Dakota has a contract with so Minnesota and not Pitt. I would not find out until April if I get Wiche or not. I have yet to receive any information that I been awarded any scholarship money from Minnesota. Pitt is 51k a year. Minn is around 56k 1st year then 72k the rest.

Both cities are great and I loved both schools I don't know what to do...
 

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Are you positive you would get the Wiche funding at MN. MN is not part of Wiche.
 

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Are you positive you would get the Wiche funding at MN. MN is not part of Wiche.
Yes, my state has a separate contract with Minnesota. The we filled out is all inclusive for it.
 

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I you get the scholarship at Minnesota then go there, if not I'd choose Pitt.
 

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I hate to say it although I'm waiting to get off the wait list at Pitt, if I were you I'd hold a spot at both schools until I found out about wiche. No penalty until April so make sure you find out and withdraw from one school before then. Good luck with your decision
 

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Did pittsburgh send out the waitlists? I thought they only sent the offer and the rest still says invited for interview on portal
 

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Did pittsburgh send out the waitlists? I thought they only sent the offer and the rest still says invited for interview on portal
I dont know if they've sent out waitlist or not
 

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I need some help everyone.

OOS for both Pitt and Minnesota. Received a 3k/year scholarship from Pitt. I am a Wiche applicant so IF I get awarded the Wiche funding I'll receive about 25k/ year only if I attend a school the state of North Dakota has a contract with so Minnesota and not Pitt. I would not find out until April if I get Wiche or not. I have yet to receive any information that I been awarded any scholarship money from Minnesota. Pitt is 51k a year. Minn is around 56k 1st year then 72k the rest.

Both cities are great and I loved both schools I don't know what to do...
I have a question for you if you don't mind answering. Did you write an essay for consideration of scholarship? Did you have finial circumstances that prompted them to give you such a huge scholarship?
 

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I have a question for you if you don't mind answering. Did you write an essay for consideration of scholarship? Did you have finial circumstances that prompted them to give you such a huge scholarship?
My interview wasn't that long ago so I haven't even finished the essay. And from what I've heard, my scholarship has been the smallest one given out to my knowledge
 

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Did pittsburgh send out the waitlists? I thought they only sent the offer and the rest still says invited for interview on portal
No they haven't yet, I am actually just assuming anyone that wasn't accepted is wait listed
 

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My interview wasn't that long ago so I haven't even finished the essay. And from what I've heard, my scholarship has been the smallest one given out to my knowledge
Oh, I see. I mistaken the number as 30K, my bad. That is still something though. I wrote an essay but did not get anything. I assume they called you and told you about the scholarship.
 
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Oh, I see. I mistaken the number as 30K, my bad. That is still something though. I wrote an essay but did not get anything. I assume they called you and told you about the scholarship.
Yeah they called me. I think I'm gonna call my states wiche office or whatever to try and figure out the odds I get the scholarship
 

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I was in the same boat a few years ago and went with Pitt after attending undergraduate at Minnesota (cost was equal). Having been to both schools/cities, I can assure you that there's no wrong choice here - they're both fantastic places and you're going to have a wonderful time at whichever you choose. If you have any questions about either campus/city, I can try my best to give you an (unbiased) answer. I can also answer questions about Pitt's curriculum, but not Minnesota's.

Things to consider when making a choice (assuming money is equal. If one school is way cheaper, obviously go with that one):
~~~ Transportation/proximity of things (Both schools seem to be about the same distance/time from grocery stores+Target. Minnesota has the Light Rail from Riverside, Pittsburgh depends mainly on the Port Authority bus system. Not sure what else you'd like to know about. Ask for specifics and I can provide answers.)
~~~Weather (Not going to lie, the weather in Pittsburgh beats Minnesota hands down. I do NOT miss walking to class in subzero temperatures.)
~~~Apartment/living (For Minnesota, consider looking at apartments on West Bank, it'll be cheaper than all of those ridiculous "luxury" apartments that they've been building. Seven Corners apartments would be my recommendation, dirt cheap if you can get in (rent for a large studio was ~650$ a month) +20 minute walk from the dental school. For Pitt, Oakland is most convenient for the school, I don't have specific apartment complex names off-hand but can ask around if you're interested.)
~~~Use of SIM clinics (Call and ask the school about this to confirm. Pitt uses theirs for several courses (amalgam/composite/endo/crown+bridge/etc) and has course instructors present to look at work, provide feedback, and manually grade it. If I remember correctly, Minnesota uses theirs in a more limited fashion and has a sort of camera thing that provides digital feedback/grading. It's a matter of personal preference, really.)
~~~City (Twin Cities area is smaller and more concentrated (Nicollet Mall, MOA, MIA the stadiums, and the arts district seem to be the main attractions). I personally felt it had a homier/cozier feel, which is really nice if you're not sure you're a city person. The Minnesota campus is more self-contained, but it's also a very, very large campus compared to Pitt. Pittsburgh is around the same in terms of overall population, but the city feels a lot bigger and it's a way, way livelier place. There's a lot more to do (shopping, amusement park, zoo, theatres, parks, gardens, stadiums, and it's way easier to get to any of these things at a given time. Pitt's campus is not self contained and blends in with the rest of the city/CMU. Better for if you like being in urban areas.)
~~~Clinic access (Can't speak for Minnesota's policies on this one. I would call to confirm. Pitt has its students start in clinic right away (first week of class) observing/assisting, which continues through second year. During the summer of your first year, you will also be seeing your first patient to provide a prophy. Actual clinic begins 3rd year.)
~~~Boards (Pitt has students take the NBDE Part 1 during the summer of their first year, Minnesota waits for second year)

Final note: Pitt does offer a hefty number of academic scholarships and seems to wait to notify you of eligibility until after you accept. Not sure why they do this, maybe they want the choice to be based off of the school rather than the money? IDK.

My recommendation would be to accept both for now and see how you feel after a few weeks/finding out about scholarships. It's not much money in the long run and you'll feel a lot less stressed if you can take your time and weigh your options as opposed to deciding right away.
 
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I was in the same boat a few years ago and went with Pitt after attending undergraduate at Minnesota (cost was equal). Having been to both schools/cities, I can assure you that there's no wrong choice here - they're both fantastic places and you're going to have a wonderful time at whichever you choose. If you have any questions about either campus/city, I can try my best to give you an (unbiased) answer. I can also answer questions about Pitt's curriculum, but not Minnesota's.

Things to consider when making a choice (assuming money is equal. If one school is way cheaper, obviously go with that one):
~~~ Transportation/proximity of things (Both schools seem to be about the same distance/time from grocery stores+Target. Minnesota has the Light Rail from Riverside, Pittsburgh depends mainly on the Port Authority bus system. Not sure what else you'd like to know about. Ask for specifics and I can provide answers.)
~~~Weather (Not going to lie, the weather in Pittsburgh beats Minnesota hands down. I do NOT miss walking to class in subzero temperatures.)
~~~Apartment/living (For Minnesota, consider looking at apartments on West Bank, it'll be cheaper than all of those ridiculous "luxury" apartments that they've been building. Seven Corners apartments would be my recommendation, dirt cheap if you can get in (rent for a large studio was ~650$ a month) +20 minute walk from the dental school. For Pitt, Oakland is most convenient for the school, I don't have specific apartment complex names off-hand but can ask around if you're interested.)
~~~Use of SIM clinics (Call and ask the school about this to confirm. Pitt uses theirs for several courses (amalgam/composite/endo/crown+bridge/etc) and has course instructors present to look at work, provide feedback, and manually grade it. If I remember correctly, Minnesota uses theirs in a more limited fashion and has a sort of camera thing that provides digital feedback/grading. It's a matter of personal preference, really.)
~~~City (Twin Cities area is smaller and more concentrated (Nicollet Mall, MOA, MIA the stadiums, and the arts district seem to be the main attractions). I personally felt it had a homier/cozier feel, which is really nice if you're not sure you're a city person. The Minnesota campus is more self-contained, but it's also a very, very large campus compared to Pitt. Pittsburgh is around the same in terms of overall population, but the city feels a lot bigger and it's a way, way livelier place. There's a lot more to do (shopping, amusement park, zoo, theatres, parks, gardens, stadiums, and it's way easier to get to any of these things at a given time. Pitt's campus is not self contained and blends in with the rest of the city/CMU. Better for if you like being in urban areas.)
~~~Clinic access (Can't speak for Minnesota's policies on this one. I would call to confirm. Pitt has its students start in clinic right away (first week of class) observing/assisting, which continues through second year. During the summer of your first year, you will also be seeing your first patient to provide a prophy. Actual clinic begins 3rd year.)
~~~Boards (Pitt has students take the NBDE Part 1 during the summer of their first year, Minnesota waits for second year)

Final note: Pitt does offer a hefty number of academic scholarships and seems to wait to notify you of eligibility until after you accept. Not sure why they do this, maybe they want the choice to be based off of the school rather than the money? IDK.

My recommendation would be to accept both for now and see how you feel after a few weeks/finding out about scholarships. It's not much money in the long run and you'll feel a lot less stressed if you can take your time and weigh your options as opposed to deciding right away.

My savior. Currently thinking about doing the double deposits.... currently don't have even have enough money for one of the deposits..
 

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I was in the same boat a few years ago and went with Pitt after attending undergraduate at Minnesota (cost was equal). Having been to both schools/cities, I can assure you that there's no wrong choice here - they're both fantastic places and you're going to have a wonderful time at whichever you choose. If you have any questions about either campus/city, I can try my best to give you an (unbiased) answer. I can also answer questions about Pitt's curriculum, but not Minnesota's.

Things to consider when making a choice (assuming money is equal. If one school is way cheaper, obviously go with that one):
~~~ Transportation/proximity of things (Both schools seem to be about the same distance/time from grocery stores+Target. Minnesota has the Light Rail from Riverside, Pittsburgh depends mainly on the Port Authority bus system. Not sure what else you'd like to know about. Ask for specifics and I can provide answers.)
~~~Weather (Not going to lie, the weather in Pittsburgh beats Minnesota hands down. I do NOT miss walking to class in subzero temperatures.)
~~~Apartment/living (For Minnesota, consider looking at apartments on West Bank, it'll be cheaper than all of those ridiculous "luxury" apartments that they've been building. Seven Corners apartments would be my recommendation, dirt cheap if you can get in (rent for a large studio was ~650$ a month) +20 minute walk from the dental school. For Pitt, Oakland is most convenient for the school, I don't have specific apartment complex names off-hand but can ask around if you're interested.)
~~~Use of SIM clinics (Call and ask the school about this to confirm. Pitt uses theirs for several courses (amalgam/composite/endo/crown+bridge/etc) and has course instructors present to look at work, provide feedback, and manually grade it. If I remember correctly, Minnesota uses theirs in a more limited fashion and has a sort of camera thing that provides digital feedback/grading. It's a matter of personal preference, really.)
~~~City (Twin Cities area is smaller and more concentrated (Nicollet Mall, MOA, MIA the stadiums, and the arts district seem to be the main attractions). I personally felt it had a homier/cozier feel, which is really nice if you're not sure you're a city person. The Minnesota campus is more self-contained, but it's also a very, very large campus compared to Pitt. Pittsburgh is around the same in terms of overall population, but the city feels a lot bigger and it's a way, way livelier place. There's a lot more to do (shopping, amusement park, zoo, theatres, parks, gardens, stadiums, and it's way easier to get to any of these things at a given time. Pitt's campus is not self contained and blends in with the rest of the city/CMU. Better for if you like being in urban areas.)
~~~Clinic access (Can't speak for Minnesota's policies on this one. I would call to confirm. Pitt has its students start in clinic right away (first week of class) observing/assisting, which continues through second year. During the summer of your first year, you will also be seeing your first patient to provide a prophy. Actual clinic begins 3rd year.)
~~~Boards (Pitt has students take the NBDE Part 1 during the summer of their first year, Minnesota waits for second year)

Final note: Pitt does offer a hefty number of academic scholarships and seems to wait to notify you of eligibility until after you accept. Not sure why they do this, maybe they want the choice to be based off of the school rather than the money? IDK.

My recommendation would be to accept both for now and see how you feel after a few weeks/finding out about scholarships. It's not much money in the long run and you'll feel a lot less stressed if you can take your time and weigh your options as opposed to deciding right away.
This was incredibly helpful for me, as well. Thank you so much!
Do you really think there is more to do in Pittsburgh and that it's livlier? I live there now and it seemed like there was a ton more to do in Minneapolis and that it was a larger city. Maybe it's just because I'd never been there before though.
 

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This was incredibly helpful for me, as well. Thank you so much!
Do you really think there is more to do in Pittsburgh and that it's livlier? I live there now and it seemed like there was a ton more to do in Minneapolis and that it was a larger city. Maybe it's just because I'd never been there before though.

I've been to both and I'd say that there is probably more to do in Minneapolis vs Pitt with the theater scene-most seats per capita outside of NYC, world class museums, MIA, Walker, Guthrie, the lakes, parks, zoos (Como is free), light rail to get around the metro, much easier to navigate in Minneapolis by car. Minneapolis Metro is 3.4 million, Pitt metro is 3.4 Million. I'm not sure where Pitt would have more shopping than the Twin Cities, you have shopping in both downtown areas plus 10 or so malls not including the Mall of America, all within about 15 miles of campus.
 

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I've been to both and I'd say that there is probably more to do in Minneapolis vs Pitt with the theater scene-most seats per capita outside of NYC, world class museums, MIA, Walker, Guthrie, the lakes, parks, zoos (Como is free), light rail to get around the metro, much easier to navigate in Minneapolis by car. Minneapolis Metro is 3.4 million, Pitt metro is 3.4 Million. I'm not sure where Pitt would have more shopping than the Twin Cities, you have shopping in both downtown areas plus 10 or so malls not including the Mall of America, all within about 15 miles of campus.
Also breweries like crazy in Minnesota! I feel like new ones pop up every week. Pretty good food truck scene also.
 
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I've been to both and I'd say that there is probably more to do in Minneapolis vs Pitt with the theater scene-most seats per capita outside of NYC, world class museums, MIA, Walker, Guthrie, the lakes, parks, zoos (Como is free), light rail to get around the metro, much easier to navigate in Minneapolis by car. Minneapolis Metro is 3.4 million, Pitt metro is 3.4 Million. I'm not sure where Pitt would have more shopping than the Twin Cities, you have shopping in both downtown areas plus 10 or so malls not including the Mall of America, all within about 15 miles of campus.
Also breweries like crazy in Minnesota! I feel like new ones pop up every week. Pretty good food truck scene also.
The more I hear about Minneapolis, the more it sounds like Pittsburgh. I guess cities of the same size are bound to be kind of similar. This is so difficult.
 
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Think I'm going to go with Minnesota. Thanks everyone
 
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The more I hear about Minneapolis, the more it sounds like Pittsburgh. I guess cities of the same size are bound to be kind of similar. This is so difficult.

Keep in mind that while Minneapolis is about the same size as Pitt, larger even by about 100,000 people, you have St. Paul right next door, like across the street next door. Part of the U of MN campus is even in St. Paul, so the two cities combined are double the size of Pittsburgh which is probably why there is so much more to do in MSP vs PItt.
 
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