Dear friends, I am new to SDN. I must make the decision between a state school (SUNY Upstate) and Boston University. The price difference will be around $130,000. Due to the fact that BU tuition is 43K and Upstate is around 20K - and I can live significantly close to home and resupply on food and the like. I have been consulting with a number of residents and doctors - many of whom always say go to the cheapest school possible - since BU is not an ivy league it will not make a considerable difference where one will place within residency. However, I am a fan of the Boston city and am quite emotional about pursuing dermatology which in itself is quite competitive. Some physicians in this case say to go to boston because I need the name to help me with such a competitive residency and in the long run a derm. career will be well reimbursed. As you all know - May 15th is the deadline, and I would not be posting here at all if I was leaning towards one or the other - even after my whole last month of thinking.