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    Spartan vs IAU

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    Hello folks,I am accepted for May 2010 for IAU and Spartan. We will be coming over in Feb to see what school is better since they both located on the same island. Since you guys are already interacting with students there any insider info about what school is better and why? I know spartan under new management and received the NY seal also the IAU. Any info is appriciated.GPA:3.6Mcat: 16 ( I know it is low I will re-take it before may)Regards/ Turk Yildiz

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    You should visit both places and then decide for yourself. I go to IAU and know that you might be elligible for some solid scholarships since you have a good GPA. Please see IAU Scholarships for more information.
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    I agree, the best thing to do is to visit both schools and make your own personal choice. I can tell u why I chose SHSU if you like...feel free to pm me or look at my prior posts(I have pretty much spelled out my reasons time and time again). I would also suggest you look into other forums and post questions for schools in their own forums. As for shsu I feel it is great and considering its one of the oldest schools in the caribbean you could do worse. At the end of the day you need to be comfortable in whatever university you choose. Good luck!
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    What we can Afford

    Spartan is also much affordable compared to other schools and IAU. The economy is doing bad so we are looking for what we can afford.....
    Go Spartan .................

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    Quote Originally Posted by turkyildiz View Post
    Hello folks,I am accepted for May 2010 for IAU and Spartan. We will be coming over in Feb to see what school is better since they both located on the same island. Since you guys are already interacting with students there any insider info about what school is better and why? I know spartan under new management and received the NY seal also the IAU. Any info is appriciated.GPA:3.6Mcat: 16 ( I know it is low I will re-take it before may)Regards/ Turk Yildiz
    Spartan is much more affordable when compared to IAU and other schools.
    I would select Spartan

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    Quote Originally Posted by cat eyes View Post
    Spartan is much more affordable when compared to IAU and other schools.
    I would select Spartan
    I'm not sure how your saying that spartan is much more affordable than IAU. The basic science tuition at IAU is 5000, while at Spartan it is 4950. That's not much of a difference. I personally would choose IAU only for the fact that it has small class sizes, and more importantly hasn't been banned in any state. Spartan has been banned in California, and this doesn't look good for its students applying for residency. Just look at some of the experiences of students from St. Matthews who are applying for residency in other states.

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    I believe the new management of the school will seek Cali approval, like I stated before NY was the first on a list of to-do's. In the mean time while the other school is not disapproved it is not approved either. I believe that any school without California accreditation can not be licensed or do clinicals in the state of Cali. But that is fine, the other school is new and has no real track record yet regarding residency placements. It will take time for them to build an any type of tangible track record and gain state approvals. That said each student must decide where they feel comfortable and that is a personal decision. I believe that carib schools, that do well, only make other carib schools and their students more appealing to hospitals. As more carib schools do better so will carib students in gaining any given residency. Its a win win, which is why i never wish negativity on other schools or their students. At the end of the day we are all in the same boat (seeking to become doctors).

    Regarding small class sizes SHSU has (for 30 years now) kept class sizes small. This is important to the school and is nothing new to them. The new management is also keeping class sizes small (intentionally) to promote the best possible learning atmosphere. When I was on the island it was not uncommon for me to meet with professors after hours or even call them at home for assistance for further explanation. The school promotes an environment in which everyone is like family. To me that was important and in all honesty made my experience there more rewarding.

    Regarding residency SHSU has graduates practicing all over the US (and the world), which is why it made more sense to me (which is another reason I chose SHSU) to attend a school with many graduates who have been through their residency over decades.


    At the end of the day SHSU is slightly more affordable since they do not have additional fees adding up to a difference of over 1200/year.
    And the clinicals portion of school is $9000 compared to Spartans $3550. Do keep in mind that SHSU does not cover the cost of hospital fees in their tuition which brings them to nearly the same price(if IAU does cover hospital fees). If IAU does cover the hospital fees then that might explain the difference in price. If IAU does not cover them (but for that price I would be suprised if they don't), then you can figure aprox $4k on top of the $9K.
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    Quote Originally Posted by specialknyc View Post
    I believe the new management of the school will seek Cali approval, like I stated before NY was the first on a list of to-do's. In the mean time while the other school is not disapproved it is not approved either. I believe that any school without California accreditation can not be licensed or do clinicals in the state of Cali. But that is fine, the other school is new and has no real track record yet regarding residency placements. It will take time for them to build an any type of tangible track record and gain state approvals. That said each student must decide where they feel comfortable and that is a personal decision. I believe that carib schools, that do well, only make other carib schools and their students more appealing to hospitals. As more carib schools do better so will carib students in gaining any given residency. Its a win win, which is why i never wish negativity on other schools or their students. At the end of the day we are all in the same boat (seeking to become doctors).

    Regarding small class sizes SHSU has (for 30 years now) kept class sizes small. This is important to the school and is nothing new to them. The new management is also keeping class sizes small (intentionally) to promote the best possible learning atmosphere. When I was on the island it was not uncommon for me to meet with professors after hours or even call them at home for assistance for further explanation. The school promotes an environment in which everyone is like family. To me that was important and in all honesty made my experience there more rewarding.

    Regarding residency SHSU has graduates practicing all over the US (and the world), which is why it made more sense to me (which is another reason I chose SHSU) to attend a school with many graduates who have been through their residency over decades.


    At the end of the day SHSU is slightly more affordable since they do not have additional fees adding up to a difference of over 1200/year.
    And the clinicals portion of school is $9000 compared to Spartans $3550. Do keep in mind that SHSU does not cover the cost of hospital fees in their tuition which brings them to nearly the same price(if IAU does cover hospital fees). If IAU does cover the hospital fees then that might explain the difference in price. If IAU does not cover them (but for that price I would be suprised if they don't), then you can figure aprox $4k on top of the $9K.
    yes i like Spartan.........We at Windsor can afford the clinical aspect compared to IAU and among other students can afford also

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    Quote Originally Posted by PSU07 View Post
    I'm not sure how your saying that spartan is much more affordable than IAU. The basic science tuition at IAU is 5000, while at Spartan it is 4950. That's not much of a difference. I personally would choose IAU only for the fact that it has small class sizes, and more importantly hasn't been banned in any state. Spartan has been banned in California, and this doesn't look good for its students applying for residency. Just look at some of the experiences of students from St. Matthews who are applying for residency in other states.
    Im speaking from the clinical aspect regarding tuition fees and yes Spartan is an affordable 3,550 fee............most students can afford compared to a rediciulous 9,000.00 as IAU listed............i can go to MUA or St Mathews for that fee

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    spartan students must pay $250-$500 per week of rotation to the hospital on top of the $3550 thatt they pay the school.

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