hello, I have recently joined this pre-med forum, although I've been lurking here quite a while. Id like to give you some background about me. I am 23 years old, am a cancer survivor of a rare cancer here in the states, and have been married for 1.5 years and about to have my first child, (a daughter). I was employed with a well off fortune 500 company and had put my MD goal on the side for a few years, but have always wanted to be a doctor since the age of 9. Not because my parents wanted me to, but because i have always been fascinated with science and medicine. Anyway, today i am posting because i want to know what i should do, currently, i attend Southern Illinois University (i know, not the best school) for an undergrad in Chem. I chose SIU because i had to make a responsible choice when it comes to my family as well, we were getting the right amount of financial aid, found an apartment etc all within the right price range. The school is great when it comes to the academics, teachers are very accommodating, understanding, and they listen. I was able to discuss concepts with my chemistry professors all semester long, they were very nice and understanding in helping me clear any issues. Financially, last year i made a lot of money, to have an efc of about 5k, but this year, i have no job, SIUC was kind enough to listen to my appeal and bring me back to an EFC of 0. It made going to school a lot easier, so you can see there is a type of loyalty here to SIU. However, i am a Straight A student here at SIU, but i was thinking about University of Illinois Urbana Champaign because 1) there ranked 47 in the country VS sit @ 183. Also, prestige. They have a massive medical school, and so i was thinking which school better than the one with the biggest medical school? However, i am afraid, what if i go there and my grades slip? i will have to do federal work study there VS at sit i don't. The cost difference between the 2 universities in 10k. I spoke to UIUC financial aid and they said my aid would be met, whether it'd be through loans or scholarships. Currently i have a 3.2 GPA, i did really bad spring semester because the professor had no office hours and there was no help available. I am really debating on whether i should transfer to UIUC or not? I was thinking possibly coming to SIU and taking my entire situation into account would show responsibility to Med School, or it could show underachievement? I am honestly quite lost, so i hope someone can help me out here. I also wanted to know, do married students have higher chances of getting in especially if they maintain a good GPA, have volunteer hours, and do pretty well on the MCATS? I know thats quite a bit of info, but your help is greatly appreciated.