Ok, here’s the battle: Ohio v Rochester. Let’s break it down.
Produces best doctors: Rochester is ranked 21st for Primary Care. Ohio is ranked 32nd for the same. So Rochester wins this one.
Produces best researchers: Here Ohio wins, 32nd versus 36th.
Reputation: About the same. Rochester is more snooty because it’s a private school, but I think others look at the schools as being about the same.
Debt: Rochester students leave the school with 128 thousand dollars of debt. Ohio students leave with 109 thousand. Ohio wins.
Tuition: Rochester is a whopping 37 thousand per year. But Ohio’s first year is 48 thousand. 48 thousand! Luckily I gain residency after that and the next three years are 22 thousand, averaging out to 28.5 thousand per year. Ohio wins.
Mormon factor: Columbus has 2 singles wards. Rochester has one branch. Ohio wins.
The city scene: Columbus is nice, but Rochester is probably a touch nicer. Another point for Rochester.
Convenience: Rochester would provide free food, free storage and countless other amenities resulting from having family nearby. Rochester clearly wins.
Climate: Neither are fantastic, but a slight edge for Columbus.
Sports: Ohio State wins about 300:1 over Rochester. Sadly I don’t care about sports.
Other: At Ohio I can do independent study and never go to class once anatomy is over. How sweet would that be? I almost certainly won’t do this since I’d be irritated to have to pay 48 thousand dollars to homeschool myself.
Rochester 4ish, Ohio 6ish. I have another 24 hours to decide.
Song of the moment: “Push the little daisies” Ween