I've received admission to both schools. I live in the Northeast and I haven't been able to schedule visits to either school yet, though I have researched both extensively and read up a lot on both schools. They seem similar in a lot of aspects--the Southern culture, the academic level, the [not that it matters, but for superficial purposes] perceived prestige, etc. I don't know which one to pick, as of now. Planning to visit both but narrowing it down would be helpful.
LOCATION: Northeast, both schools are far.
PROFILE: Asian--fitting in is a concern at Vanderbilt more so than it is at Emory, especially if there's any sort of self-segregation of the student body. Is the low percentage of Asian students something to be concerned about?
ACADEMIC INTERESTS: Looking to major in Economics and potentially complete a minor in either Political Science or International Studies, something along those lines. Also want to be a pre-med student with an eventual aim of applying to medical school. How do these particular programs and departments compare?
EXTRACURRICULAR INTERESTS: Interested in writing for a political journal or something of the sort (personally, I'm a liberal). Additionally seeking to get involved in political activism or student volunteerism in general.
ADDITIONAL 'WANTS' IN A SCHOOL (BESIDES STATED ABOVE):
1. A "work hard, play hard" mentality, as in a school that is laid-back and not as cutthroat but still has an academically motivated student body.
2. Opportunties for civic engagement, volunteerism, and medical-related extracurriculars.
3. Easy access to internships and research opportunities. As I have yet to visit Nashville or Atlanta, some comparison of the cities and the opportunities available there would be helpful.
4. A lot of school spirit.
5. A decent social scene, but NOT one where social life is entirely determined by one's involvement with the Greek system.
6. Good student advising and career services and the like.
7. ***Eventually, anything that will give me a good place to learn and expand my horizons academically as much as possible, and to position myself well to get into medical school by the end of the process. This is obviously job 1, in the end. So a school that is recognized for a strong curriculum, has a good recognition among med school admit boards and employers, and a school that has a curriculum that can allow me to prepare well for the MCAT.
Any help, or input on this decision? I understand that a message board is a foolish way to pick a college, but I am very split on this right now and some comments from others would be great.