Been lurking on here for a bit and this is only my second post but I wanted to ask for some advice since I have to make my decision by May 1st. Right now I’m torn between attending Cornell as a bio major on the pre med track or attending the Sophie Davis BS/MD 7 year program.
For those who don’t know about Sophie Davis: it’s part of CUNY City college, I’ll receive my BS after the first 3 years and my MD at the end of the next 4, guaranteed a seat in CUNY school of medicine, don’t have to take the MCAT, super inexpensive for the first 3 years then reduced medical school costs for the next 4, almost everyone matches to residency (by everyone I mean whoever is left of the 75 students that were accepted because a good chunk tend to drop out or leave because it’s intense).
One of the big reasons why I was originally leaning Cornell was because Cornell had more resources and could give me more opportunities including the “traditional” college experience in my undergrad, as well as the name and network that come with an Ivy League. I’m afraid I might not do well at Cornell and since I’m trying to get into med school, GPA is a big deal. I heard Cornell is pretty cutthroat and there is grade deflation, can anyone vouch for this? Since the accepted students day at Sophie yesterday, I’m reconsidering. My main thing with Sophie is that it’s a CUNY and it’s name is not very big and I think the name means something when your a doctor. Do you want the surgeon from a city school or Yale? Cornell would also be considerably more expensive but my parents are comfortable taking out loans and say they’ll support me whenever, but they’re leaning Sophie. Let me know what you think, thanks
Stats: Average: 97 with a heavy coursleoad all 4 years ACT: 32 No rankings at my school but I would guess I’m somewhere in the top 10%. Extracurriculars are things that I loved and enjoyed very much, including an amazing research opportunity at an Ivy League school where I’ll be finishing up my paper by next month. Leadership positions here and there as well as awards in state piano competitions.