I have learnt a great deal from this forum and indebted to everyone for their advice and insights. I have been selected to multiple colleges and decision have come down to two schools.
I will request your guidance on my options:
I am aspiring to be a Biomedical / Bio-engineering major with pre-med concentration. My choices are Rowan (In-state) and regional mid-western university (OOS). Both schools offer similar COA (12K - 15K after merit) with admission to Honors College and access to research opportunities.
90 minutes from home
Strong civil and chemical engineering department will help with growth in the Biomedical department
Small class sizes for most courses (though gen ed courses like Chem 1 might have ~100 students)
Engineering clinics with practical curriculum geared for graduation in 4 years
Despite the affiliation with 2 medical schools, Rowan graduates are not accorded any preference during the medical admissions cycle.
Biomedical Engineering program is currently not accredited by ABET, accreditation process will start in this fall.
Regional mid-western University:
Admitted into BS / MD program (No MCAT required)
Established engineering program but focus is on polymer engineering and needs of local manufacturing base
Well regarded Co-op program
10 hours away from home with no access to direct flight
Larger classes during freshman and sophomore year
Co-op will add 1 additional year to the graduation timeline, though no tuition will be paid during the co-op semesters
Thanks for the advice.