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    AUA vs MUA

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    I was wondering if you guys could help me figure out if I should go to AUA or MUA. I've had an interview with AUA about a week ago and I'm waiting on a reply and MUA has accepted me but I'm in the 2 semester premed program befor I go to MD.

    AUA looks like the better school, with accreditation in New York, Florida, and California but they don't have US federal aid (yet, according to a student they have it, but its not in effect valuemd.com/american-university-antigua-aua/235820-title-iv-3.html#post1517483 )
    They also had some issues with cheating a few years back? Looks like it's blown over now and the people involved gone.

    MUA doesn't have California accreditation yet due to high professor turnover rates and high dropout/failure rates, but they do have the William D Ford loan program (different from Title IV). The lack of California accreditation does worry me a bit as far as residency goes.

    Also how is the quality of both schools, as in the education and facilities? From what I can tell both are fairly up to date schools with modern buildings. AUA does have a systems based curriculum which seems like it's a good thing. Seems like MUA is increasing their requirements to get California.

    If you guys have any advice about either school that would be helpful, as well as correcting me if I have any wrong info
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    Also I've read that MUA has 24 hour study rooms, does AUA have something similar? I enjoy the convenience of being able to go to a study area whenever comfortable

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    If loan is an issue for you then go to MUA, if not, then AUA. People write all kinds of stuff here on VMD and so they can be just rumors and incorrect, so I would ask an AUA admin or check the website regarding Title IV. The library at AUA is one of the reasons to attend AUA. There is plenty of space and there is the 24 hour section so you can study at the campus at your convenience.

    I had the same issue as you're having regarding MUA vs AUA, but I chose AUA because of AUA's accreditations and affiliations and the island itself (Antigua is more developed). Finally, I believe you won't be wrong at either school if you study hard. All the best.
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    I've been thinking along the same line, there's just a lot of small things about the 2 schools that are differen. How is it taking 2 semesters a year? Does it take longer to complete your basic sciences compared 3 semesters a year?

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    Two semesters per year was great. In the three terms, students were getting about 2 weeks off for break, whereas now its about a month. Also, in the three semester program you would finish the entire subject in that term ( e.g. Finishing all of the anatomy in MED 1), whereas now its divided into part 1 and 2 and that helps a lot. I think the three semester took about 20 months to finish, whereas the two term program covers the entire two years. At the end of the day, you want to learn everything in the first two years and that takes time, so I believe the two term program was much more relaxing as a student.
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    Thanks for your opinion, it's been really useful!

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    Hi, please I just got admitted to AUA for spring 2016 and I am hoping you can send me your class schedule for Med 1. For example, I will like to know how a typical day goes from 8:00 am till the last lab or lecture. Also, can you please, post the syllabus to show what pages must be read in from each text book? I want to thank you very much in advance for your kind consideration and help.

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    Please don't take this question the wrong way. I have been accepted to both MUA and AUA for the upcoming semester. I am trying to figure out which one to go to. But my question to you is if you are an Med1 at MUA why are you considering transferring to AUA? I just want to know why you want to leave so I do not make a mistake of going to MUA if there is something terribly wrong with the school that I did not know about.

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    MUA's program is highly accelerated and one covers a lot of information within a relatively short time. For example, in Med 1, Gross anatomy and Histology are done in 10 weeks in semester 1. AUA follow the American medical school curriculum where these courses are thought over two semesters; I feel since I will be dealing with Step 1 later I need to grasp the information thoroughly. Besides, I know my level and I don't want to later jeopardize my chances of passing Step 1. My advice to you is to ensure that you discuss with someone from both MUA and AUA before you arrive at a final conclusion. Good luck.

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    Thanks for the information that does help out a lot. I might see you st AUA this semester because I hate accentuated programs lol.

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