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"Upper Tier/Lower Tier" Schools... How is this determined?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by DrewFromVA, Jul 15, 2002.

  1. DrewFromVA

    DrewFromVA Member 10+ Year Member

    Dec 28, 2000
    Norfolk, VA.
    I've heard a lot about upper and lower tier schools, but I've never known how this is decided... So, how is it decided?
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  3. Jalby

    Jalby I fight crime at day when Batman are sleeping. 10+ Year Member

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  4. tBw

    tBw totally deluded 7+ Year Member

    Oct 6, 2001
    infront of an iMac
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  5. Gradient Echo

    Gradient Echo Banned Banned

    Jul 12, 2002
    Baltimore, MD
    well my guess is that everybody who refers to 'upper and lower tier' is talking about US News rankings

    As far as what the cutoffs are, who knows. I've heard a lot of people talk about top 20, top 10, top 5 programs according to US News and then refer to everything else as 'lower tier'

    Disclaimer: I'm not advocating the US News rankings. Please reserve your "ranking *****" claims to MacGyver.
  6. CANES2006

    CANES2006 Miami chica 10+ Year Member

    Jan 11, 2002
    Miramar, FL
    I've heard top 50 are the top tier schools, but I could be wrong. If you ask me the rankings are alot of bull. There are alot of good schools that aren't even ranked (Tulane comes to mind). There are also alot of schools in the top that aren't really all that anymore, but are still up there regardless because of tradition. Don't pay too much attention to rankings. I sure don't.:)
  7. none

    none 1K Member 10+ Year Member

    Jul 27, 2001
    It's a generalized thing, not something specific.
  8. Doctora Foxy

    Doctora Foxy Meow 7+ Year Member

    Jan 28, 2002
    If you're referring to the USNews rankings, it is explained on their website. :)
  9. shekspere

    shekspere Member 7+ Year Member

    May 24, 2002
    the gremlin working in the basement of the USNEWS HQ in Mars decides the allotment of 1st, 2nd,...... and 8th tier med schools.
    Seriously folks, my dad's friend has an MD from Yale. Wanna know how many times a patient asked him where he went to med sch?
    Ans: 1 (..and that was me asking!!)

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