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UC Merced (Pre Med) for OOS students with Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)
My son is a high-stat, STEM high-schooler from a neighboring state of CA. He wants to pursue a medical career but most likely is not qualified for any aid from FAFSA (except for merit aid). I'd like to spend less for undergrad and fully fund his medical school (if that's happening). He also likes California weather. UC Merced is the only UC in the WUE list. This school would be his safety with OOS tuition of about 20K/year under WUE so we can keep his COA at 35K annually. We also prefer OOS schools than our instate colleges.
Is UC Merced a good option for pre-med internship, shadowing, and research opportunities? I know it's in a middle of nowhere but they are trying to build a medical school (with the first 2 years of med education at Merced) so I hope there are decent pre-med advising and plenty of pre-med opportunities at this very young (but underdog) UC.
I believe he will have a much better chance to stand out since his future peers are usually lower stat kids (not all of course) who can't get in better UCs. UC curriculum should be solid to prepare him for MCAT and such.
Any inputs from other parents especially OOS folks in this school?