I have a quick question about being in-state. How important is it to own a house to be in-state? and how big a factor is being an in-stater for med school acceptances? I know the in-state criteria are different for each state but I'm asking you in a general sense. The reason I am asking you this is that I heard that it is easier to get into state schools if you are instate and you don't really become instate unless you own a house AND work full-time. Technically, I am a citizen but my background is more like an international student. None of my parents work here and my family don't have a house in the states. I don't have any relatives here either. I went to high school in one state and college in another and am now living in a different state so I am not in-state anywhere. I started working full-time a few months ago but do not own a house (just paying rents for apt). My parents are considering buying a house (not only for this reason) but is it that of a big factor?