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UNC vs PENN vs Columbia

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by King Dan23, Feb 28, 2007.

  1. King Dan23

    King Dan23

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    I really don't know what to i have half off tuition at PENN and Columbia. Which school is the best.
     
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  3. jackbauer!

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    are you in-state at UNC? if so, go to UNC. if not, go to PENN.

    jb!:)
     
  4. Speeddater

    Speeddater 2+ Year Member

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    I concur
     
  5. OceanBlue

    OceanBlue HA! I knew it. 2+ Year Member

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    many people go to unc got into Penn (2 out of 2 that I knew) and they chose to go to UNC. I think it's a great school and it's "ridiculously" cheap for instate students. I got into other schools as well and I chose to go here at the end.
     
  6. King Dan23

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    Not instate and
    unc what wrong with columbia
     
  7. King Dan23

    King Dan23

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    are u instate
     
  8. jackbauer!

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    there's nothing wrong with columbia....it's just no UNC or Penn, in my opinion. i don't like their med school curriculum (seems kinda lazy).

    UNC: cheap (if in-state), Chapel Hill is awesome, college sports, great reputation.

    Penn: good deal w/ scholarship, awesome rep, dental based curriculum, good clinical

    Columbia: good deal w/ scholarship, awesome rep, cons are curriculum and clinical experience. plus, although Columbia is in NYC....it's not exactly in the part of NYC that people think of (i.e. lower manhattan)

    just my random thoughts,
    jb!:)
     
  9. OceanBlue

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    yes
     
  10. shamrock84

    shamrock84 New Member 2+ Year Member

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    there is nothing wrong with columbia. i chose it over penn (in my opinion spanish harlem, which is 20 min away by subway from cool areas, is still better than philly)

    all three are great schools. choose the one YOU liked the best. and take everything people say with a grain of salt (some of those people who are bashing columbia just got rejected from it so maybe they are a bit bitter...which is ok)
     
  11. Revelde

    Revelde Member 7+ Year Member

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    This is so true...
     
  12. runrabbitrun

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    these are all GREAT schools! They each have a different philosophy when it comes to their curriculum and obviously are located in very different parts of the country, but i dont think you can go wrong with whatever one decide to attend.

    The half off tuition certainly is appealing, but remember that you can establish in-state residency for 3 years at UNC.
     
  13. OceanBlue

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    I think Columbia is a fine school. I'm sure you'll receive a good education at columbia. I just think it is the best decision to get your DDS at the cheapest school. UNC happens to be cheap and good!
    ~We all have our own opinion about certain schools. It's not always bitterness that we don't like a particular school (especially when it comes to the Ivy League schools). There is one school I got in and I didn't like. I thought it was a good school until I went there for the interview.
     
  14. jackbauer!

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    ummm...i'm guessing you were referring to me. i was rejected from Penn and Columbia so i hate each school equally :laugh:

    but seriously though.... Penn has their own building while columbia is a few floors of the med center. I dunno, I'd prefer to learn under a dental curriculum not with med students. just my opinion...NOT bitter... jB!:)
     
  15. Luv2Golf

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    I was accepted to UNC and Penn and really liked both. I chose UNC because it will be much cheaper because I didn't get a 1/2 scholarship. I didn't apply to columbia but I've also heard good things about their school. I would pick the school that is going to be the cheapest, and if the prices are close then pick the one where you feel you will fit in the best with the students and faculty. They are all great schools and you can pursue any path you want from any of them. So pretty much what everyone else has been saying.
     
  16. INFNITE

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    Penn has their own building...so what?! It's not like Columbia is running short on clinical space and lecture rooms. Yes, the building itself is sort of old, but it's the least of our concerns. Taking classes with the med school doesn't concern me either. The curriculum is still designed well enough so everything is well integrated and helps to prepare us for the boards (a good majority of portion of the anatomy curriculum, especially head and neck, is in fact taught by the wonderful dental faculty). Yes, there are certainly flaws to the curriculum, but you either sacrifice your didactics for an excellent clinical training or you sacrifice clinical training for good board scores and high specialty rates. Our chief complaints as first years is the seemingly lack of faculty at times, excess amount of work and lack of diversity in patient pool....but you really can't have everything in a school. You certainly can't make negative judgements about a school unless you attend it and understand what really goes on.
     
  17. jackbauer!

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    no negative judgements made. both are excellent schools. i was just stating the reasons why i would choose penn over columbia. relax..

    jb!:)
     

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