Which of these factors are most important to you in choosing a school?

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Which of these are VERY important to you?

  • Cost/Scholarship/Financial Aid

    Votes: 98 48.3%
  • Location

    Votes: 141 69.5%
  • Curriculum

    Votes: 73 36.0%
  • Class Size

    Votes: 23 11.3%
  • National Reputation

    Votes: 117 57.6%
  • Research Opportunities

    Votes: 55 27.1%
  • Match List in a Particular Specialty

    Votes: 36 17.7%
  • # of Squash Courts in Fitness Center

    Votes: 9 4.4%
  • Quality of Facilities

    Votes: 60 29.6%
  • Weather

    Votes: 39 19.2%
  • Affiliated Hospitals/Clinical Oppotunities

    Votes: 80 39.4%
  • Combined Degree Opportunities

    Votes: 12 5.9%
  • Grading System

    Votes: 43 21.2%
  • Gut Feeling on Interview Day

    Votes: 105 51.7%
  • USMLE Averages

    Votes: 38 18.7%

  • Total voters


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What are the most important factors you will consider when you make your final decision about which school to attend this fall?

Did I leave any important ones off the list?
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I'm really surprised so many people care strongly about curriculum, and so few care strongly about a pass-fail grading system. In my opinion, pass-fail makes the difference between whether you will spend your first two years being happy and relaxed with a lot of free time to play squash, or spend them miserable and preoccupied with grubbing for grades amidst classmates in whom an A-through-F grading system brings out the worst gunneristic tendencies. Also, I feel that anyone who would thrive in a PBL setting would also thrive in a lecture setting, and vice versa; if you're smart and work hard, you can thrive anywhere. You're more adaptable than you think. Just my two cents.


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I probably should have included diversity as well. What can I say, I'm a white male in NY and I usually take diversity for granted.


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Right now it's costs.
Costs for me too...

and location, gut feeling and clinical facilities.

I might be being sappy but I think "gut feeling" is the MOST important for me.


location and hospital affiliation were the two considerations that I used to narrow down my final choice.
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