I was recently admitted into the art and science colleges at USC, UCLA, VCU, UVA, and UMiami and im really conflicted on which school to pick. I’m entering as a biology major on the pre-med track and i’m 100% certain I want to pursue medicine. I also plan on attending medical school and its my absolute dream to live in NYC after college.
Financial: At each school (besides UCLA since im OOS) I only qualify for about 5k for the unsubsidized loan. My parents have about 50k in savings for college and I plan to take out loans if necessary but I am paying for the rest.
UVA: I heard from several alum that UVA doesn’t prepare students well for medical school and it is very difficult to obtain As esp for pre-med. I qualify for instate tuition so I would be paying about $34,080/yr with no scholarships or honors programs. Its also closer to home so I could visit my family more often and I have many friends attending.
VCU: I got in with a full presidential scholarship that covers all costs of attending (about $115k total). I also got into the honors college that offers me a single dorm with a single bath and honors level classes. I heard that VCU is one of the best schools in VA for pre-med as they offer many programs connected to their med school. This school is also close to home but the downside is that its not really in a safe area since its in the center of a city and I just dont think I’d enjoy it as much and it doesn’t really have a great reputation.
UCLA: This has been one of my dream school and I absolutely love the campus and the people there. I think I would enjoy my four years here however it does cost me 66k per year with no financial aid. My mom really loves this school and she wants me to go as well and she offered to help pay but I feel guilty for draining her. The pre med program is very good here as it is a feeder school into some of the top med schools however many current students say it is extremely competitive. Plus its super far from home so I would only be able to fly home twice a year.
UMiami : I got a half scholarship so I would be paying 45k approx. I haven’t heard much about pre-med program there but their biology program is stellar and Im extremely grateful to be accepted into their honors college as well. The only downside is that its still expensive and quite far but I think I would be able to come home on most holidays.
USC: This is the one in Los Angeles, not South Carolina. I was shocked when I was accepted and I was shocked in a not so great way when I saw that I would be paying $79k per year!! I received a 15k scholarship. My dad likes this school a lot since I got into their science honors program and I really like the strong Trojan network but I am weary about the campus location and why is it nearly 80k? where is the money going towards? Also this school is more well known on the west coast and not so much where I live in Virginia.
Thank you so much for any insight and I am so sorry this was long!! Be kind.