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princeton or mit?

zoomx3zoomx3 Registered User Posts: 196 Junior Member
so i just got off the princeton waiting list... if i had originally gotten into princeton, i would've definitely chosen it over mit but now i've gotten really attached to mit so i don't know anymore.

i have yet to visit princeton so i don't know whether it'll be a good fit for me. right now, i'm just considering the two schools in term of their premed programs? does anyone have an opinion about which school is better for premed?
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  • kryptonsa36kryptonsa36 Registered User Posts: 1,735 Senior Member
    I imagine the only people who would be able to answer these kinds of questions precisely are those who have experienced the pre-med path at both schools (which is the rare individual who has worked in both pre-med advising offices, perhaps). The most anyone else could offer is anecdotal advice based on, at best, what they know about one of the schools and what they've heard about the other.

    The most obvious thing to say is that the average GPA at Princeton is higher than that of MIT, which is just one factor the prospective pre-med might consider.
  • oasisoasis Registered User Posts: 2,069 Senior Member
    I have several friends at Princeton, some of which are premed, but like ^ said, I'm not qualified to comment.

    I'm sure you'll get into outstanding med schools regardless of which undergrad you do. Sure, you might have a higher GPA at Pton, but you also need to take into consideration the availability of research positions (surprisingly important to top med schools, I'm seeing now), class size (matters for rec letters), your academic focus (majoring/minoring/concentration options), and most importantly the CULTURE of the school.

    The friends you make at undergrad and your undergrad institution I believe makes a big impact on your life as a whole (yes, speaking from my measly 21 years and as a student that has not yet completed his undergrad). However, you seem VERY premed focused on your posts on the other threads so if a good GPA and an outstanding med school is of such paramount importance to you, then I actually might advise you to reconsider MIT. But still, just remember that there's so much more to the med school application process than the number next to the GPA box on your application.
  • frutiaspicefrutiaspice Registered User Posts: 1,265 Senior Member
    Both schools have grade deflation if you're worried about GPA. However, if you try hard, it's not impossible to have perfect GPAs at MIT or Princeton (Two of my closest friends have 5.0s).

    I mean, both groups of students make it to med school and it really doesn't matter THAT much which med school you go to as eventually, you will be a doctor.

    I'm a premed at MIT and I have a really good premed friend at Princeton and both of find the work challenging but both of us are immensely enjoying our times at our respective colleges.

    It depends on where you'll feel at home more...(and I guess fin aid if they differ a lot).

    Good luck! (Definitely visit Princeton before you decide though)
  • eupseudeseupseudes Registered User Posts: 19 New Member
    Best advice: make sure you do an overnight visit, and make sure you’re careful to not let incidental details of the visit cloud your judgment. I was in the same position and picked MIT (I have to say, the earlier date of offer really helps :-), but it’s your decision.
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