Wake Forest vs University of Arizona - Phoenix

applepie1934

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So I've been lucky to have been accepted to both Wake Forest and U of A - Phoenix and I need to decide by Friday. I'm from Southern California, so one big thing is that I want to be able to match back to California for residency. Both schools seemed to have super supportive faculty and their classes were all really close

Wake Forest
Pros
+ Well established medical school
+ Nice new medical school building
+ The weather in North Carolina is nicer (imo)
+ I liked it a lot when I interviewed

Cons
- Far from home - don't know how often I can see my family
- Really different from California in terms of food and culture
- Winston Salem is small so there's not as much to do

University of Arizona - Phoenix
Pros
+ Close to home, so I can see my family a lot more often
+ Matches more in California (not sure if it's because people in Wake Forest don't necessarily want to match to CA)
+ Also nice new medical school building
+ Phoenix has more to do
+~10k cheaper

Cons
- School is a lot newer and it's not as established - not sure how this is gonna affect residencies with P/F STEP
- Phoenix weather
- Unranked

Any advice would be appreciated. I am very conflicted right now. Thank you so much for your help!
 
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