I need serious advise on this situation. I am struggling and trying to decide between 3 offers of admission that I am currently holding. I want to release the spots to other candidates quickly, so I really will take your advise into account to do so. The 3 schools are in the top 20 per US news & WR. The 3 will end up costing me about the same. However, at one of the schools (the top-ranked of the 3), I have received a prestigous, part-tuition scholarship. the other 2 schools are state schools that are very well regarded here. a part of me wants to stay in state bcs i'm married and it will be a hassle to move (although my husband is very understanding and is willing to move if needed). I also liked the students and other aspects of the state school. how much does ranking matter? From the Top-ranked to the 2nd school, only 6 points of difference is there. From the top to the 3rd school about 8 pts of difference is there. Is this "a lot"? Also, there is about 0.5 points spread in how residency directors view the two schools. i have my heart set on a very competitive specialty and don't know if the 6 points is significant enough to make a difference. Also, since I have the scholarship, will it look better when I apply to residency than to go to the other school (no scholarship)? I liked both schools equally when I visited, but I liked the in-state school a bit better. Locationwise, both are pretty so-so locations. Any and all help will be greatly appreciated. I want to release my spot by the end of this week.