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What would you do?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by revolve, Jun 14, 2008.

  1. revolve


    Jun 14, 2008
    I am currently attending a California community college and I can get a transfer admission guarantee (TAG) for UC Davis, UC Irvine, and UC San Diego. I will be eligable to transfer and start at one of these universities for the fall of 09 quarter.

    I live very far away from all three of these UC's.

    My dilemma is this. I could transfer to one of these 3 UC's and be broke for the remainder of my undergraduate education while acquiring debt from student loans. Or I could stay here and live with my parents thereby saving money, and transfer to a Cal State 10 minutes from my house and not be broke.

    What would you do in my situation?
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  3. thethethe

    thethethe 5+ Year Member

    Jan 6, 2008
    depends on how smart you are. if you are the type of student who is nowhere near the avg matriculated MD student, u might want to keep your loans low in case you don't make it into a MD school. but if you are not, transfer, it is a better school with more opportunity for research and what not.
  4. revolve


    Jun 14, 2008
    So if I am a strong student, I shouldn't really concern myself with the student loans and attend one of the UC's?
  5. WinterLights


    Sep 15, 2007
    Yes. Undergraduate loans are only a drop in the bucket.
  6. 194342

    194342 Physician 7+ Year Member

    Mar 17, 2008
    If I were you, I'd go to the Cal state. Save the money. There is no reason to take out loans for undergrad if you're planning on going to professional school, where you will need to take out massive amounts of loans.
  7. revolve


    Jun 14, 2008
    This is tough. I guess it comes down to a personal decision.
    Last edited: Jun 15, 2008
  8. neurocirujano

    neurocirujano Banned

    Jun 13, 2008
    No, no, no... Go to the university closest to you. It's not worth the debt.
  9. xanthomondo

    xanthomondo nom nom nom Banned Physician 10+ Year Member


  10. redlight

    redlight Senior Member :D 5+ Year Member

    Jan 10, 2008
    go to the closest school to you
    id say your 3 options of UCs wont be worth the loans
    (but then again id say pick the cheapest option even if you were debating between other UCs)
    as long as you do really well at whichever school you go to (in terms of grades and EC's) no one will really care about your undergrad much (im assuming that's your concern).
  11. CHINGchongDING

    CHINGchongDING Banned

    Jun 15, 2008
    UC is very cheap isnt it??my school cost over 40K a year for typical student. so you are lucky. good luck!
  12. decafplease

    decafplease Medical Student 5+ Year Member

    Nov 18, 2007
    Charming. I'll have you know that while I don't know much about UCI, UCD and UCSD both have wonderful (albeit relatively very different) undergrad programs.

    I did the guaranteed admission thing to UCD and I couldn't be happier with my choice. They offer totally reasonable financial aid... maybe that will help offset the costs? It's only two years, remember. Around what...18K for 2 years?

    I don't know. It's a personal thing, but I love UCD and am SOO glad I didn't chose the closer, cheaper Cal State school(s). There are an abundance of premed resources at an undergrad with a medical school, so you can't go wrong with either three schools.

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