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Pre-Med: UT Austin, Texas A&M or rice.

ballinballin Posts: 340Registered User Member
edited September 2007 in The University of Texas at Austin
I am prospective transfer student, questions:

1. WHich school has the best pre-med program?
2. In which school, will i have better chance of maintaining a high gpa?
3. Which school has the most med school acceptance rate?

THANKS.
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Replies to: Pre-Med: UT Austin, Texas A&M or rice.

  • ballinballin Posts: 340Registered User Member
  • aarosurfaarosurf Posts: 660Registered User Member
    if you can get into rice and pay for it, go there
  • Hi-PowerHi-Power Posts: 169Registered User Junior Member
    No, I wouldn't recommend Rice. As far as UT and A&M, you're just going to have to go to campus on both during a weekday and get your own feel for the school.
  • Just2FitzJust2Fitz Posts: 585Registered User Member
    TAMU has a strong support system
  • Hi-PowerHi-Power Posts: 169Registered User Junior Member
    Where are you from originally, ballin? Might help with your question.
  • ballinballin Posts: 340Registered User Member
    I reside in DFW metroplex area, so UT Dallas is the most convenient one. Going there would save a lot of money. But i Know that both A&M and UT have better pre-med programs than UTD.
  • Hi-PowerHi-Power Posts: 169Registered User Junior Member
    Well, if you are sick of some of the rougher parts of DFW, then you should avoid Rice. Besides, the private schools in Texas are at a disadvantage when it comes to networking, anyway, as compared to UT and A&M.

    I think you should forget about UTD (not sure about your financial situation) and attempt to go to either A&M or UT. But you are probably going to have to visit both schools and towns in order to make your decision. I don't think we'll be much help on here.

    Good luck!
  • theloniusthelonius Posts: 228Registered User Junior Member
    I really have to ask why it sounds like Rice has been ruled out by most of the people responding. True, it's harder to maintain a high GPA at Rice, but Rice students usually do really well in med school placement.
  • Hi-PowerHi-Power Posts: 169Registered User Junior Member
    1) Houston is not my idea of a college town, especially compared to Austin and College Station.

    2) Rice simply does not have the career network of A&M and UT.

    3) There's a wider variety of students at A&M and UT.
  • brand_182brand_182 Posts: 7,589Registered User Senior Member
    Rice's med school placement (particularly into the top med schools) is considerably better than UT and A&M, for whatever reason(s). This is also true for other professional and graduate programs. As someone said earlier, if you can get into Rice and afford it (and you like it), go there. If not, I would recommend UT over A&M as it has a better reputation.
  • Hi-PowerHi-Power Posts: 169Registered User Junior Member
    Brand_182,

    If the original poster is a good enough student to get into medical school, it's not going to matter where he went. That percentage of students from UT and A&M who didn't get into medical school, even if they went to Rice instead, I doubt they would have gotten into medical school. Your point is simply a reflection on how Rice's admission standards are a little tougher.

    There's more to going to school than simply academics, and if the original poster goes to UT or even A&M, he's going to have more opportunities for a social life that he isn't going to have at Rice. As far as pre-medical goes, I woudn't say that UT has a better reputation than A&M.
  • brand_182brand_182 Posts: 7,589Registered User Senior Member
    It's true that if you could have gotten into a top school, you're likely to do well anywhere. For whatever reason, Rice has top-notch med school placement. I could attribute it to quite a few things: a personal environment with better teacher/student relationships and recommendations, more academically challenging environment full of students with similar goals, etc. It goes beyond admission standards. Rice offers something very special, else it would not have placement into top law/med/business schools that is more in the league of Northwestern, UChicago, etc.
    As far as pre-medical goes, I woudn't say that UT has a better reputation than A&M.

    It's not a matter of reputation but statistical data.
  • aarosurfaarosurf Posts: 660Registered User Member
    if you're driven enough, you can get into med school from virtually any university. if admissions people see a great mcat score, school wont matter.
  • Hi-PowerHi-Power Posts: 169Registered User Junior Member
    But like I said, brand_182, there is much more to going to a school than academics. Personally I would NEVER even work in Houston so I won't recommend anyone go to school there.
  • brand_182brand_182 Posts: 7,589Registered User Senior Member
    Well I would never go to a school in Houston or work there either ;). However, that doesn't disprove the fact that med school placement is better at Rice. In all seriousness, I would choose UT over Rice as well as there is certainly more to a school than academics and UT is great. However, the OP's questions seem to be focused on academics and med school placement, so it's worth noting Rice's superiority.
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