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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical Allopathic [ MD ]' started by hotrodsduo, May 18, 2014.

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  1. hotrodsduo

    hotrodsduo 2+ Year Member

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    I am looking to transfer from a community college and am torn between two undergrad institutions. What would you do? For those out there who are not into the God thing, I would like your feed back without consideration of faith as it really doesn't make a difference to me beyond dedicating more time for chapel than I am accustomed to.

    UCSD

    Pros:
    Best Research and science programs in the area
    Family friendly housing/study resources (onsite daycare, study rooms for parents)
    About $13K a year less than other
    Available Human Bio major sounds like good prep for med school
    Slightly closer (10 miles) to my house

    Cons:
    Large school with large classes = tough to make relationships with professors (22k students)
    More competative students which I have heard makes the curve quite tough (avg gpa of incoming fresh 4.06) translating to perhaps a lower gpa
    Approx 37% of students applying to med school are accepted


    Point Loma Nazarene

    Pros:
    Small school small classes relationships/LORs guaranteed (2500 students)
    Personally taylored resources to help with Interviews and MCATs
    Possibly be toward the top of my class with slightly better GPA
    Medical insurance included in tuition
    Advertises approx 80% admission rate into med schools (have not dug into this too deeply yet for specifics)

    Cons:
    More expensive
    Limited available class times
    Chapel required 3 times a week (which is really about time, I do have a Christian world view)
    slightly further from my house
    Limited majors I would double major in bio/chemistry

    Thoughts?
     
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  3. hotrodsduo

    hotrodsduo 2+ Year Member

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    I guess it is also worth mentioning UCSD obviously has a med school so there may or may not be a pro for the possibility of networking with professors/researchers/adcoms/physicians that may be slightly influential at that school?
     
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    Tariqd 2+ Year Member

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    Both sound like outstanding schools. UCSD freshman have an average GPA of 4.06? That sounds ridiculous. Personally, I would prefer the smaller school that is less competitive, there is already enough pressure to get good grades as a pre-health.
     
  5. hotrodsduo

    hotrodsduo 2+ Year Member

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    I know, 4.06 is pretty nuts.
     
  6. hotrodsduo

    hotrodsduo 2+ Year Member

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    Going on campus tours next week after finals.
     
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    How about you apply first and then see where you get in? Or have you already gotten in?
     
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    Aerus Elemental Alchemist 2+ Year Member

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    Have you visited both schools to see which environment you would prefer?
     
  9. hotrodsduo

    hotrodsduo 2+ Year Member

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    Good call.
    I do believe I have a very real shot at both. UCSD has some agreements with the local community colleges and Point Loma is considerably less selective.
     
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  10. hotrodsduo

    hotrodsduo 2+ Year Member

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    I am visiting both campuses next week, but am from the immediate area so am pretty familiar with the general vicinities. I am really hoping one will speak to me in terms of what they can offer as a school. Any advice or warnings that you would have looked into further before choosing a university?
     
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    hotrodsduo 2+ Year Member

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    Really, right now, I am looking to taylor my fall courses to meet the transfer agreements for whichever school I am shooting for. I will likely apply for both this year to cover my bases.
     
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    Aerus Elemental Alchemist 2+ Year Member

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  13. hotrodsduo

    hotrodsduo 2+ Year Member

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    After touring all campuses and even SDSU, I think I am going to shoot for UCSD. Wish me luck. I will need it. Incoming gpa average this last cycle was 4.13. UGH.
     

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