Consider this: - Many Californians have expressed that UCSF is their ultimate dream school. - The Dean of Admissions at UCSF tells interviewees that UCSF is the best medical school in the country. - Outside of the west coast, many people have never heard of UCSF or don't think it's all that great. - According to an official AMSA survey, UCSF medical students express the following complaints about their school: inadequate funding at times (it is a public school, after all), poor advising, lack of mentoring, inconsistent quality of teaching. - Location (San Francisco) is often cited as one of the school's big strengths. - Diversity (within student body and in San Francisco) is also cited as a strength. Is UCSF overrated among Californians (do west coasters think it's the shiznit because of proximity and familiarity)? Is UCSF grossly underrated everywhere else? Location aside, what would qualify UCSF as the best medical school in the country? Why would it better than Hopkins, Harvard, Mayo, etc.? Why would it not be the best?