I can't choose!! UNC-CH or University of Pitt

<p>My top schools are U of Pitt and UNC. I have recieved a full tuition scholarship to Pitt, but I have not heard anything about UNC in terms of money. Which do you think would be a better school for me to be at as a premed student. Many people have been telling me Pitt because of its great research and its great med school. </p>

<p>However, UNC at Chapel Hill is much more higher in terms of ranks and its med school is pretty good as well. I also know that going to undergrad at a school does not improve your chances of getting into the med school. Since I'm planning to apply to multiple med schools in the future, would it be better for me to go to the higher ranked school (UNC) or go to a school that is associated with a really good med school (Pitt)?</p>

<p>I want to go to a school that will get me far in terms of getting good premedical advising and going to good medical schools. </p>

<p>Which one should I choose?</p>

<p>Wait for the aid offer from UNC. Go to the school that will leave you with less debt--you'll need all your borrowing power for medical school.</p>

<p>I'm biased, but I'd choose UNC. Better weather, college-town environment, more fun. </p>

<p>Saying that Pitt or UNC is "better" for research or pre-med is splitting hairs in a way that will have no real impact on you getting into med school. There will be opportunities to do research at either one, and whether one of their med schools is better than the other has nothing to do with how good your GPA will be and how well you will do on the MCAT. </p>

<p>I also wouldn't worry about pre-med adivsing. Applying to med school isn't rocket science: you take the pre-reqs, take the MCAT, and fill out applications. Plus, internet sites like this one are going to give you better advice than you get from any advising office (I say this as someone going to a top 3 grad school in my field who has never darkened the door of a grad school advising office).</p>

<p>If one is substantially cheaper than the other, pick that one. Otherwise, go to the one where you think you'd be happier/have more fun.</p>

<p>Definitely go with the school that provides the most money.</p>

<p>Both are excellent schools. I doubt you would notice much of a difference education-wise at either. Think about cost and weather.</p>

<p>UNC has by far the better national reputation - it's a school often mentioned as a "public Ivy"</p>

<p>That said, NOTHING beats a full ride at a good school, which Pitt is. Not only will you graduate debt free, the fact of having won a major scholarship will also look very nice indeed on your resume and/or grad school applications.</p>

<p>^^^</p>

<p>Just curious...do you mention your undergrad scholarships on grad school or med school apps? I never thought about that?</p>

<p>I don't think the OP has a full-ride. It sounds like a full-tuition scholarship, but still very good and hopefully loans won't be needed for room, board, books, etc.</p>

<p>Pitt. You will need that money for med school.</p>

<p>Take the freebie for sure!</p>

<p>mom2ck- I have seen people note merit scholarships on med/grad school apps under honors. Also have seen many newer grads note this info on their resume/cv, particularly when going for those first jobs. </p>

<p>congrats to the OP - both are great schools. I agree that you should choose the school that will leave you with the lowest/no debt.</p>

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Wait for the aid offer from UNC. Go to the school that will leave you with less debt--you'll need all your borrowing power for medical school.

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<p>This.......</p>

<p>Unless UNC offers a ton of money (I mean - A TON), go to Pitt.</p>

<p>I have seen people note merit scholarships on med/grad school apps under honors. Also have seen many newer grads note this info on their resume/cv, particularly when going for those first jobs.</p>

<p>Thanks...I didn't know that. I don't think either of my sons would have thought to include such mentions on med school apps or grad school apps. How far do you go? Do you mention that you were a NMF? That goes back to high school, but then, so does the scholarship awards. </p>

<p>What is appropriate?</p>

<p>Psi--that's a great idea!</p>

<p>this is really interesting because im having the EXACT same problem. i have a full scholarship to UPitt as well (helen faison for you doubters about full rides) and i got into UNC! i wanna go premed and im basically having the same dilemma as you so this is very helpful haha. the problem i have with Upitt is the campus. i really don't want to go to a city school and id much rather have the campus atmosphere. Personally, id rather go to UNC between the two because of its national prestige and its resources with NC state and Duke and its own med school. UNC does meet 100% of your need so if you do have need then you shouldn't have much of a problem. BUT id rather go to Wake Forest than UNC and Pitt because of class size and the fact that im weary about having a huge lecture hall. Even though my parents don't have the most money and the full ride would help, they want me to go to where im really comfortable. remember, its the next 4 years of your life so you better love where you are at so you don't have a miserable time. Id honestly just go with your gut instinct on where you really feel at home.</p>

<p>this post that i had will probably help you out!
<a href="http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/university-pittsburgh/858646-help-me-my-parents-future.html%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/university-pittsburgh/858646-help-me-my-parents-future.html&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>mom2ck- good question about whether or not to list the NMF status. If it resulted in a scholarship throughout college, then I would think it's appropriate to list that on a grad school app. Otherwise, maybe not, since it does reflect an accomplishment from HS and not college.</p>

<p>Even thought the scholarship awards were initially based on high school achievements, I suspect that most students must maintain a certain GPA in order to keep them throughout college, so it reflects achievements during college as well, IMO. I have never heard any colleague make a negative comment about someone listing this on a grad school app.</p>

<p>Unless UNC matches the scholarship, go to Pitt.</p>

<p>Prestige isn't a big deal with med school, and Pitt is extremely prestigious in the medical field anyway.</p>