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Case Western or UMiami for premed

Stockton1Stockton1 Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
I am torn between which of these two schools i should go to. I plan on going to medical school so am i debating which of these schools would put me on a better path to get in to a great med school 4 yrs from now. Here are the reasons why i am struggling between these 2 schools:

Case Western: great school for medicine primarily biology, but much harder school than UMiami and getting good grades is hard. The social life is lacking a lot. I would be able to participate in a d3 sports program here, but would being able to do a sport i love at the varsity level compensate for a lower gpa then i would get at UMiami and a much worse social life that i would recieve here.

UMiami: also a great school for biological studies but not quite on the same level as Case Western. Easier to get good grades here and the social life is AMAZING, but would the party lifestyle be a hindrance to my gpa. I also wouldn't be able to participate in varsity sports here even though i could do club, but would a varisty sport add more to a medical school application then just doing internships and research?

So basically, at UMiami i would have more fun, but do you think that the social life there is too big and i would end up partying too much which would lower my grades and make my gpa even to one that i would recieve at the reasonably harder case western? Also, for a medical school application, is doing a d3 sport and internships and research much more impressive than just doing club and internships and research?

Additional information: Weather isn't a big deal and i got the same amount of finacial aid from both.
Thank you guys, and i appreciate all responses!
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Replies to: Case Western or UMiami for premed

  • Steve26Steve26 Registered User Posts: 72 Junior Member
    I think a varsity sport paired with excellent grades will show a medical school that you can well manage multiple competing tasks at the same time. It is relevant, in that this is the challenge that all medical students/physicians face. On the other hand, if a varsity sport impairs your grades, not a good thing. I can't speak for the opportunities provided by UMiami. But, Case has outstanding opportunities for undergraduates in premed research and clinical experiences. You will work hard there, but isn't that the point? Only you can decide how serious you want to be at school. (You are planning on medical school, right?) So, which of these places will serve that ultimate goal.
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