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undergraduate schools in the northeast

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by sunfest, Jun 16, 2002.

  1. sunfest

    sunfest Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    May 25, 2002
    albany, ny

    I am thinking about transferring to another undergraduate school because right now I am at a large state school and I feel like I'm swarming in a big crowd of people. I want to transfer to a smaller school in the northeast.

    Does anyone have any northeast college experiences to share? I'm making a big list of possible colleges, but I'm sure that there are some colleges I haven't thought of which might be a good choice for me!

    A prestigious college would be good, but not necessary. Also, I'm not into any college which requires students to live on campus for all 4 years. My main goal on transferring is to be in smaller, interactive classes (rather than large lectures) and to have a challenging pre-med education.

    So... anyone who's going to a northeast college.. any comments?

    That's right!

    I hope this isn't a too vague subject.


    sunfest girl :)
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  3. jintonic5

    jintonic5 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 29, 2001
    I dunno if you are a boy or girl or if this is an option for you or not, but there are TONS of really nice all-women's institutions in the northeast that sound like they are something you may like- Wellesley, Smith, Mount Holyoke... but if not, disregard the first part...
    I'm from massachusetts, so i can only speak about MA schools with fair confidence, but some schools you could check out:
    Boston College
    Harvard(heck, why not? <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" /> )
    Babson(for this one and bently, i'm not sure how good their sciences are, but they are pretty small schools)

    I wouldn't recommend BU- the words "big" and "impersonal" always come to mind when i think of it... also my friend who was pre med there had the worst time because ALL his classes seem to be hardcore "weed-out" classes, it was very discouraging for him.

    hope this helps!
  4. Doctora Foxy

    Doctora Foxy Meow 7+ Year Member

    Jan 28, 2002
    I went to Brandeis and I majored in the humanities--there were about 15 people in those classes and we led the discussions. The premed science classes had about 200 people at first and then 100 later on as people were weeded out. The school has about 3,000 undergraduates. It has a good premed reputation and it will get you into med school, but it's not a very fun school...although fun is what you make of it <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" /> Also, you don't have to live on campus, and a really nice brand new student center is opening in August :)
  5. sunfest

    sunfest Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    May 25, 2002
    albany, ny
    I'm a girl :)

    Thanks, jintonic5 -- many of those colleges are on my list! I'm really looking for first hand opinions more than anything else. I figured this was a good place to post the question, since we all have to get through undergrad before becoming doctors :)

    Foxy thanks for the personal input :)

    If only I can find a school with science classes that have 15-30 students in them!

    sunfest :)
  6. lola

    lola Bovine Member 7+ Year Member

    Mar 22, 2002
    I am glad I made the decision to go to Vassar for my undergradute education. The classes were small, which made me feel more like participating and kept me more engaged. My first semester bio class (which now has been changed and is probably a much smaller class) had approx 100 - 150 students. That was by far the largest class I took there. My second semester intro bio class had approx 20 students. My gen chem classes had about 25 students, and my organic classes had about 40 or 50 (large partly due to problems with on prof who didn't get tenured). Upper level chemistry courses had fewer than 10 students in each class -- two had only 5. Nearly all upper level classes at Vassar have fewer than 20 students. All chemistry labs were done individually, and bio labs were typically done in pairs I think. My physics classes had maybe 40 or 50 students.
    You said you didn't want to live on campus, which is not really an option at Vassar. 95% of students live in campus apts or dorms, and they discourage people from living off campus unless you have a valid reason for wanting to do so. I'm not sure why you don't want to live on campus. Living on campus was a great experience for me!
    I've heard great things about Swarthmore and Haverford too but have never attended those schools. Good luck!

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