Continued from Medical School Planning 1
Pre-med advisor: Without a doubt, this can be the best resource available to you. Your advisor is usually in touch with what medical schools are looking for, and knows you better than any computer program can. Find out what they think about specific schools, what the strong and weak points of your application are, and what you need to do to get more competitive at the school of your choice.
The Public vs. Private question: Is going to a private medical school worth the extra cost? This is a debate that gets more intense every year as the price of attending medical school keeps going up. Some students graduate from medical school with over $100,000 in debt. While most will be able to payoff this debt with a good salary, such a large debt can limit your options during or after residency (depending on how you decided to pay for medical school).
With over half of the top 50 medical schools being public, there are many good training options that will cost less than a private school. Few of the public schools have as good a reputation as the top private schools, but the education is not often very different.
In-state vs. Out-of-state: There’s a big difference between an in-state applicant and an out-of-state applicant at many (but not all) public medical schools. In-state tuition is often much less at public schools (and even some private schools), and many schools accept a higher ratio of in-state than an out-of-state applicants. Some state universities don’t even accept out-of-state applicants.