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Rice Premed vs. Yale Premed

sour_lemon_1ksour_lemon_1k Registered User Posts: 61 Junior Member
edited March 2011 in Pre-Med Topics
I know both don't screen (I think), so which is better in your opinion? I hear both are terrific, but, if you compare the two....
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Replies to: Rice Premed vs. Yale Premed

  • Rtgrove123Rtgrove123 Registered User Posts: 1,798 Senior Member
    I mean for premed, the prestige of your UG normally doesn't matter (significantly?). Rice boasts like a 90% med school acceptance rate and it doesn't seem to be as forged a statistic like those of alot of other schools. However, Yale's med school acceptance rate is no doubt just as high. Both also have top med schools on campus....Yale med is top of the line and you have Baylor Med and the Anderson Med Center next to Rice. I was actually talking to a former Rice student (shes now getting her phd at MIT) on the plane back to school from spring break a couple weeks ago, though, and she told me Baylor Med has been having some major financial problems...so I'm not sure how the future of Baylor med looks.

    All in all, both will give you about the same success as a premed student. So, the school that makes you the happiest is probably the one that you will be the best student at in the eyes of med school admissions people.

    With that said (and as someone who like Rice's campus more than Yale's), I say you should definately go to Yale. The prestige of that degree will follow you for life and Yale gives you options that would be harder to get from a Rice degree. For example, say you decide all of a sudden that you want to enter IBanking. Rice won't help you much there...but Yale sure will. So if you're a person who likes keeping all your doors open, Yale is a no brainer here.
  • bluebayoubluebayou Registered User Posts: 24,930 Senior Member
    Grade inflation = Yale. No brainer.
  • Colleges00701Colleges00701 - Posts: 1,790 Senior Member
    With that said (and as someone who like Rice's campus more than Yale's), I say you should definately go to Yale. The prestige of that degree will follow you for life and Yale gives you options that would be harder to get from a Rice degree. For example, say you decide all of a sudden that you want to enter IBanking. Rice won't help you much there...but Yale sure will. So if you're a person who likes keeping all your doors open, Yale is a no brainer here.

    +1 10char.
  • sour_lemon_1ksour_lemon_1k Registered User Posts: 61 Junior Member
    Thanks for the responses, and I'm definitely happy at Yale and I think I can be happy at Rice too. The problem is that Rice is offering over 100 grand for me, and I think my parents would really appreciate the tuition difference. But, then again, it's Yale and I love it, so I'm at a loss of what to do.
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Forum Champion Financial Aid Posts: 83,371 Forum Champion
    Are you at Yale now? Or are you a HS senior?

    I would really like that $100k savings at Rice, but.....have you seen your FA package at Yale, yet? They may give you an amazing FA offer.
  • sour_lemon_1ksour_lemon_1k Registered User Posts: 61 Junior Member
    No I'm not at Yale right now, but I have no doubt that I will love it. We didn't apply for financial aid, Rice was merit based.
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Forum Champion Financial Aid Posts: 83,371 Forum Champion
    Well, as long as your parents don't mind paying for Yale, then you're good to go!

    Will your parents pay for med school, too?
  • sour_lemon_1ksour_lemon_1k Registered User Posts: 61 Junior Member
    Nope 10char
  • curmudgeoncurmudgeon Registered User Posts: 12,128 Senior Member
    Ah, come on sour. You can negotiate better than that!! lol. Money is money. They can spend it on Yale UG or they can spend it on med school. At least, that is the way it worked at my house. ;)
  • bluedevilmikebluedevilmike Registered User Posts: 11,964 Senior Member
    The bottom line comes down to a few questions. (1) What's your parents' financial situation? Of course $100K over four years is always a big deal, but there are some families that really could afford it and some for whom it would be a real hardship. (2) What are the odds that you'll change your mind and want a job afterwards? Yale would be a large advantage in that situation. (3) Let's not start from the assumption that you'd be equally content at either school. Rice is an excellent school and Yale is the premiere undergraduate school in the world. They'll feel different, and I can think of lots of good reasons to prefer one over the other. (Are you going to find Yale students pretentious? Are you going to find Rice students unambitious? Are you going to find both sets pretentious?)
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Forum Champion Financial Aid Posts: 83,371 Forum Champion
    Money is money. They can spend it on Yale UG or they can spend it on med school. At least, that is the way it worked at my house.


    In our house, too! When kids take the big merit, then parents help pay for grad/med/law school.


    I know, some parents are weirdly stubborn and will only pay for undergrad, so kids have NO INCENTIVE to take the big merit (very shallow thinking on the parents' part).
  • bluebayoubluebayou Registered User Posts: 24,930 Senior Member
    Another consideration...in addition to the $$ that Rice is throwing at you, I assume that means you are in a different Frosh category...will that give you first dibs on research opportunities, etc.?
  • Colleges00701Colleges00701 - Posts: 1,790 Senior Member
    ^^^ I don't think it works that way at Rice. I know what you are talking about though, my school does that for students it gives merit based aid.
  • sour_lemon_1ksour_lemon_1k Registered User Posts: 61 Junior Member
    in fact one of the scholarships i did get was for a mentoring program at Rice...
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