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UNC vs. UT Austin

Discussion in 'Pre-Pharmacy' started by ebiroll, Mar 2, 2018.

  1. ebiroll


    Mar 2, 2018
    Hi everyone! I was recently accepted to the pharmacy programs at UNC Chapel Hill and UT Austin & I'm struggling to make my final decision. I know they are both top-rated programs, but I was wondering if anyone could provide other info as to why (or why not!) you picked either of these schools.

    I'm very interested in the food & music scene in Austin, but I feel like having UNC on my resume would open more doors. I would be out of state for both schools but I hear it's possible to get in-state tuition after a year. Thoughts??
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  3. BC_89

    BC_89 2+ Year Member

    Oct 13, 2014
    If your convinced this is it and have full understanding of your opportunity cost and saturation thats ahead of you then here’s what you do:

    You go to the cheapest school.
  4. endor55


    Jan 26, 2018
    I would encourage you to look up the letter of the law, in terms of policy. I'm not going to authoritatively state what it is, because I'm in-state (and will be at UTCOP this fall) so I don't really care. But I've heard (heresay) that the rules are very particular which allow you to claim residency if you've been classified as a non-resident initially. I've heard things such as: you have to own property, work a certain amount of hours on average a week for an entire year, or marry someone here, etc. Again, do not take what I've said as gospel. Look it up yourself and make sure that you're informed. I can't imagine a worse surprise (i.e. nightmare) than matriculating somewhere then discovering that, lo and behold, you're not actually going to get in-state tuition for P2-P4.

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  5. endor55


    Jan 26, 2018
    My curiosity got the better of me so I looked it up and it's very close to the rumors I heard. I'm not 100% sure but from the sound of it you would NOT automatically qualify for in-state tuition after P1.

    This is copied straight from: Texas Residency | Undergraduate Admissions | The University of Texas at Austin

    "If you are independent for tax purposes, you may gain resident status if you establish domicile in the state. If your parent(s) claim you as a dependent on their federal income tax return, they must establish domicile in the state for you to claim residency.

    To establish domicile, you or your parent(s) must meet the following criteria:

    1. Live in Texas for 12 consecutive months; and

    2. Establish and maintain domicile for 12 consecutive months, as evidenced by:

    Gainful employment in Texas;
    Note: Student jobs do not qualify as gainful employment.

    Sole or joint marital ownership of residential real property in Texas by the person seeking to enroll or the dependent’s parent, having established and maintained a domicile at the residence;

    Ownership and operation of a business in Texas;


    Marriage for one year to a person who has established domicile in Texas."

    I found the definition too...

    'Gainful Employment' is defined as the following according to Glossary | Undergraduate Admissions | The University of Texas at Austin

    "Employment intended to provide an income to a person or allow a person to avoid the expense of paying another person to perform the tasks (as in child care) that is sufficient to provide at least one-half of the individual’s tuition and living expenses or that represents an average of at least twenty hours of employment per week. A person who is self-employed, employed as a homemaker or who is living off his/her earnings may be considered gainfully employed for tuition purposes, as may a person whose primary support is public assistance. Employment conditioned on student status, such as work study, the receipt of stipends, fellowships, or research or teaching assistantships does not constitute gainful employment."

    So, it's a pretty high bar.

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