Would greatly appreciate any insight that anyone has regarding my final candidates. I plan to major in biology or Health Sciences with the objective to attend med school and have pared my options down to Clemson Honors, Ohio State Honors or Pitt (did not apply to Honors). With merit scholarships the total cost to attend is relatively the same for all 3 colleges so cost is not a factor in the final decision.
The following elements are most important to help make a final decision:
1). Solid pre-health academic advising from an engaged staff that will help throughout the process.
2). Research and shadowing opportunities
3). Minimize grade deflation (as much as one can in premed) since obtaining a high GPA is critical for med school acceptance
4). Honors college that fosters a sense of community through events, clubs, etc.
5). Prefer an urban environment.
6). High med school matriculation rate
The following is a list of the pros/cons that I have identified for each:
Pros: the faculty appears to be engaged and foster a sense of community, writes committee letters for pre med students that they deem worthy of med school acceptance, excellent research opportunities with nearby hospital, urban environment but not too familiar with Oakland area and its safety?
Cons: no honors college acceptance yet so will need to apply during 1st year, Nordenberg dorm is nice if u get it, otherwise must choose Towers dorm which are old, off campus housing costs, does not offer Health Science degree option, only Biology. Will Pitt offer in-person classes this fall?
Pros: honors college acceptance but it is decentralized meaning that each honors dept operates independently, nearby hospital for research opportunity, can major in Biology or Health Science or Public Health, urban environment.
Cons: very large campus, honors dorms are not very nice. Will OSU offer in-person classes? Crime has been reported as increasing in off campus housing areas?
Pros: honors college is centralized and hosts events, partnership with Greenville hospital for research but 40 min away, can major in Biology or Health Science, honors dorms/amenities are the nicest, shorter walk to classes. Highest probability of in person classes. Safe campus.
Cons: rural/small town, smaller Greek life (sororities), reputation as being conservative although believe this has changed over the years.
In summary, I would greatly appreciate any insight regarding your personal experiences with the academic advising, grade deflation, med school matriculation rates and/or honors community of these 3 universities? All comments welcome. Thanks in advance