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Smaller state school vs. Top Rated Research University
My D was accepted to a very affordable state school that keeps giving her grants and merit aid but doesn't have a research facility/medical school or any opportunities close by. She's worried about being behind the curve not being able to participate in engaging research opportunities while in school as opposed to other students who are at larger research universities. She was also accepted to a couple of schools that have many of those opportunities in the city and a couple that have research opportunities on campus/medical schools. We are not sure paying triple the cost at those other universities are worth it though. We can afford some of the other options but are considering encouraging her to go to the state school so that she can save her college savings for medical school. I know that a lot of kids switch their majors too, so we've also thought about that possibility, and she's mentioned possibly going into Public Health (which the state school offers) or Global Health. Just curious what thoughts are on the importance of being at a school that has many internships/research positions for premed students--is it a necessity for one's resume or is getting that experience during the summer adequate?18 replies