Notre Dame or Tulane? Or three others...

<p>So far I've been accepted to:</p>

<p>Notre Dame
Tulane
Baylor
University of Texas
Texas A&M</p>

<p>I've also applied RD to some other reaches, but I'm not counting on those so just trying to pick between these for now. Might seem like a no-brainer to some, but there are pros and cons to each and I'm having a real hard time. Which school would YOU pick, and why? I'm planning to go pre-med, by the way. I also prefer warm weather (which ND definitely doesn't have), so I'm trying to decide whether the pros of ND would outweigh being miserably cold for most of the year.</p>

<p>bump... anyone?</p>

<p>there is alot to take into account like cost etc, but if you dont want to be cold then dont go to ND, i have been accepted yet but am debating on wither or not to apply and i dont think i am mainly due to location, id chose u of texas if i were u!</p>

<p>Have you visited all the campuses? Sometimes you can tell just by the feeling you get when you're there, which one is the right place for you.</p>

<p>The three best schools out of those are Notre Dame, Texas, and Tulane. Since you don't want cold, it sounds like it's between Texas and Tulane. Which one is cheaper? Do you want to go to a bigger or smaller school? These two questions will help you make your decision.</p>

<p>Baylor has a great biology/premed program and if you are planning on going to med school, its not so much about the school you go to as it is the grades you make. If you go to Baylor you might make for example a 3.9 which would blow a 3.3 at notre dame out of the water. Med school these days are extremely hard to get into unless you have some good hooks. Personally, I would go with Baylor but if you think you can do extremely well at Notre dame than do that.</p>

<p>Academically, the best school on your list is UT Austin by far. Notre Dame is a very prestigious school, but not nearly as research intensive as UT.</p>

<p>I'd definitely choose UT. Maybe consider Baylor for medical school.</p>

<p>For your major and considering your dislike of cold I would definitely go for either Tulane or UT.</p>

<p>Thanks, everyone! These are all good points to consider.</p>

<p>I do really like UT... my only hesitation is the size, and also the fact that over 90% of the students are from Texas. Having lived in TX all my life, I'd kinda like to branch out some; meet people from other places and be exposed to something different. On the other hand, UT is a great school, Austin is cool city, the weather is great, and it's close enough to drive home if I wanted. So many things to consider! This is why I don't think I'll ever decide!</p>

<p>Try running the numbers through this handy calculator from our friends at FinAid.org FinAid</a> | Calculators | Award Letter Comparison Tool Med School is obscenely expensive, and there is almost no financial aid available other than student loans. All else being equal, you want to attend the undergraduate school that will leave you with the least amount of student debt, and (if your family is willing) the greatest chance of having your family in a position to help you pay for med school.</p>

<p>Which school would YOU pick, and why? I'm planning to go pre-med, by the way. I also prefer warm weather (which ND definitely doesn't have), so I'm trying to decide whether the pros of ND would outweigh being miserably cold for most of the year.</p>

<p>I don't think you'd be "miserably cold most of the year" unless you're only attending school in the winter. Fall and Spring aren't miserably cold. </p>

<p>What have your parents said about paying for college? If they need you to get a good FA package, then the decision about where to accept may depend on your FA pkgs. </p>

<p>Since you want to get out of Texas and if the finances are ok, I'd choose ND or maybe Tulane. </p>

<p>As noted above, Med School is VERY expensive, so minimize debt for undergrad.</p>

<p>You may also want to think about the social atmosphere at each of the schools. Social life at Tulane and UT is very different from ND. Sometimes Tulane and UT are called party schools which seems like a big difference from ND, especially the strict dorm visitation rules at ND (parietals). If you get stuck comparing the colleges only based on academics and finances, the social life is something important to consider since you know what you are comfortable with and you will be there for (about) 4 years!</p>

<p>Since you want to leave the state, Tulane seems like the answer here</p>