Premedical Undergrad: Baylor University v UC Riverside

Undergrad Premedical Education: Baylor University OR University of California Riverside

  • Baylor University

    Votes: 2 40.0%
  • UC Riverside

    Votes: 3 60.0%

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Mar 14, 2020
  1. Pre-Medical
So basically, in high school I got one bad grade and it demoralized me and I pretty much gave up on my grades. My GPA was absolutely abysmal. Like really really really bad. But through some grace of my test scores, essays, & extracurriculars, I managed to get into a few universities.

I got into Baylor University which is my top pick as a premed. I already made many friends there and I'm more than motivated to ensure I live up to my academic potential and go to a top medical school.

At UC Riverside, which is the university my parents would rather I go to, I don't feel anywhere as motivated mostly due to the lesser reputation it possesses relative to Baylor.

The benefits of UC Riverside is that my parents will only have to spend 13K as opposed to 40K for my tuition. They would rather spend less because I haven't shown them that I'm capable of really being a strong medical school applicant, making UCR a more worthy investment as opposed to Baylor. It also has the Thomas Haider program which is a 24 student pick who are guaranteed into the UCR SOM (medical school). I can also always transfer to a better university such as a better UC or USC. I'm also close to home which is definitely a benefit in my opinion. My only hesitation is that I'm not sure if Baylor is worth 120k more as a premed. And I'm honestly so lost because I have no idea what to do. I'm WL at UC Irvine but considering my GPA, I likely won't get off.


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May 26, 2018
  1. Non-Student
Take UCR. You have a good option to get into the early assurance program. Its not worth spending that much more for Baylor. If you want prestige you still have medical school and residency to look forward to.


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Mar 28, 2020
  1. Pre-Medical
Baylor is NOT worth 120k more as a premed. Most undergrad schools don't provide the substantial leverage (with some exception of T20 schools) in helping your med school application as you may think it does. I would say go to UCR (maybe even try for the EAP) and do well there.
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