Ramo35

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Hey everyone. I'm in kind of a dilemma. I've been accepted into UT Dallas with full tuition scholarship and a $3000/semester stipend. My question is, how is the Pre-Med advising and program at UTD? What is the difference in opportunities (research, volunteering, shadowing, etc.) between both schools? I always thought that I was going to be attending UT Austin, but then I found out that will be receiving a lot of money from UTD. I know that it is a really good deal, but what do you guys think? Should I accept UTD's offer? Or should I attend it's more well known counterpart, UT Austin? I have visited both campuses and I didn't feel that great about UTD. At UT Austin I felt more at home; however, I am scared of rejecting all this money UTD has offered me. Thanks for your suggestions, I look forward to seeing all of your responses.
 

OddNath

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I'd take the money, seeing as it doesn't really matter. You can make your own research opportunities every summer (like MD Anderson in Houston has a program, but there are many). Dallas has a huge number of hospitals available for shadowing and a much larger medical center in general. Volunteering can be done anywhere (crisis hotline, hospital, whatever), and both cities should have many opportunities.

Just choose a major with topics you're passionate about, make good grades, do well on the MCAT.

Full disclosure- my choices were between Rice and MIT. I got a bunch of scholarship money from Rice, making it a great deal, so I went there. This has not held me back in any way, obtaining med school or residency acceptance.
 
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