College search: UW- Madison, UW Seattle, UT- Austin

<p>I will be a senior next year and I am beginning to look into colleges. Three universities that turn out to be very appealing are the universities above. I am looking for a school located in a nice college town, great academics (especially in the life sciences), well regarded, nice statistics when it comes to placing students into medical school, social, and a nice campus. As of now cost isn't an issue at all. All opinions will be much appreciated!</p>

<p>Pretty-each has an advantage in some areas over others. Anyone would enjoy any of them.</p>

<p>Who would you say has the slight edges in the life sciences and overall academics.?</p>


<p>Can you point out the pros and cons of each school? I would greatly appreciate it if you don’t mind.</p>

<p>UW Seattle has a med school, is close to several research hospitals and has a pretty active medical research industry. </p>

<p>One of the things to consider is that you will need great grades for med school apps (or grad programs). About a year ago, someone linked to a chart that showed average GPA correlated to HS GPA and standardized test scores for UT - not good unless you are a 4.0/2300+ kid. I don’t know if there are similar charts for the two UWs.</p>

<p>I would love to seee that chart! Which one would you say has the edge in overall academics?</p>



<p>Sounds like Michigan to me. If you have the academic chops to get in.</p>

<p>My uncle attended U of M. As usual he does give me very biased opinions lol. However, U of M was the only school I visited besides my in state universities and I really didn’t like the campus. Everything seemed so away from each other. From Google Images it seems like University of Washington has the best campus followed by UW-Madison, then UT Austin, and then U of M.</p>

<p>If you intend to go to medical school, remember that medical school is expensive. If there are substantial price differences, you may want to consider going to the lower cost one to save money for medical school.</p>



<p>This is pretty much nonsense. If you’re a bio major, everything you do will be on or within 100 yards or so of the Diag at the heart of Central Campus. This makes it much more compact than Wisconsin, U Washington, or Texas. Not even close. And the major student-oriented business strips on South U and State Street are immediately adjacent to the Diag, and downtown Ann Arbor is a short 5-minute walk away.</p>

<p>Sorry you missed the concept of the physical layout when you visited.</p>

<p>You are right ucbalumnus. That is another reason i crossed U of M of the list. I personally don’t think Michigan i worth 10 k extra then Wisco or Washington.</p>

<p>Are you a Texas resident? It might be kinda hard to get in if you’re not. :open_mouth: I read this on the UT Austin Admissions webpage:</p>

<p>“The 2009 modifications require the University to use automatic admission to fill at least 75 percent of the spaces available to Texas residents in each entering freshman class, beginning with applicants to summer/fall 2011. Each September, the University must inform school districts of the rank that will be required to earn automatic admission to the University in the next application cycle. On September 15, 2011, the University notified Texas school districts that it will automatically admit students in the top 8 percent of their high school classes to the 2013 entering freshman class.”</p>

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<p>Anyways, I’m not saying it’s impossible to get in–it’s definitely worth a shot! I just wanted to point this out in case you were unaware of their admissions policies. Best of luck! :)</p>

<p>Wow I did not know that. So even students who are top 8 % in their class and have low SAT scores can be admitted? I am not a Texas resident but I know some schools around here where students have high GPA’s but the average SAT scores hover around 1500. Doesn’t this system affect the universities mission and strength of students that they are taking in?</p>