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Hi, if you are going to university of puerto rico (Fall 2007), please post it here. Thanks
 
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Just wondering why you would choose to go outside of the country.​
 

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was the interview done over the phone like it says on their website? or did you have to fly there, and if so, how much was the plane ticket? thanks : )
 

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was the interview done over the phone like it says on their website? or did you have to fly there, and if so, how much was the plane ticket? thanks : )[/quo

They notified me by e-mail that there was a doctor available to interview me in my home town, so I called the doctor and we set a date for the interview. But I'm not sure if it is the same for everybody. Did you apply to IAUPR, or planning to?
 

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yea i applied about a month ago and mr. (or is it dr.) colon told me that they should have the decision for interviews by this week. i called him so many times last week so i think im going to wait until tomorrow to see if anything happens. arrrrg.
 

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yea i applied about a month ago and mr. (or is it dr.) colon told me that they should have the decision for interviews by this week. i called him so many times last week so i think im going to wait until tomorrow to see if anything happens. arrrrg.

Good luck then.
 

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hey apple pie when did you send in your apps?
 

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I sent them my application in august of last year, and got interviewed by an opto in my home town couple of weeks ago.
 

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Just wondering why you would choose to go outside of the country.​

The main thing is becoming an optometrist. It doesn't matter which school you go to. It all depends on the student and how hard he studies,


I went to one of the worst high schools in chicago, but managed to get into a pretty desent university and will go to IAUPR and become an optometrist.


WHen I become an optometrist no body will ask me which opto school I went to, just like nobody asks me which high school I went to.
 

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I'm glad that you are so passionate about becoming an optometrist. I didn't mean to come off negatively. I'm just wondering why you chose Puerto Rico. If it was because of your scores, why not retake and reapply? Puerto Rico is expensive and probably far away from everyone you know.
 
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I'm just wondering why you chose Puerto Rico. If it was because of your scores, why not retake and reapply? Puerto Rico is expensive and probably far away from everyone you know.

Puerto Rico Optometry school is cheaper then mainland American schools. IAUPR tuition is 21000 per year. That is not bad, knowing that ICO is 26000.
Plus the living expenses in Puerto Rico are CHEAPER. Food, Rent is much cheaper then Chicago or New York, because Puerto Rico per capita is less.

The reason why I want to go there, is because

1) first of all my grades, my grades aren't the best so Puerto Rico is the only school that accepted me. Puerto Rico school is a accredited/licensed school which means the department of education bodies have inspected it and the education is acceptible enough for the Us department of education.

2) I Am an immigrant in US. So it doesn't matter to me if I go to Puerto Rico or any other part of the US, because its pretty much foreign to me.

3) The enviornment in Puerto Rico is more multicultural and hence is better for me as a minority student.

4) Living expenses in Puerto Rico are much cheaper

5) The class size in Puerto Rico is like 30 or 40 students which is good, because I feel more comfortable in smaller classes, and the teachers are able to give us more attention individually.

6) The main thing is I want to be an optometrist and get on with my life, I don't care what some rich overachieving students think of Puerto Rico optometry school as long as I can pass the boards and become an optometry. :)
 

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they're suppose to give out interviews this week. but then they said the same thing last week too. anyway good luck!
 

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they're suppose to give out interviews this week. but then they said the same thing last week too. anyway good luck!

thanx for the info! btw, how did you pay for the application fee? did you put in your credit card info at the end of the application or u sent in a MO
 

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thanx for the info! btw, how did you pay for the application fee? did you put in your credit card info at the end of the application or u sent in a MO

Hi, I sent a money order. I actually hate giving out my credit card number, good luck, hope you get in.
 

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Puerto Rico Optometry school is cheaper then mainland American schools. IAUPR tuition is 21000 per year. That is not bad, knowing that ICO is 26000.
Plus the living expenses in Puerto Rico are CHEAPER. Food, Rent is much cheaper then Chicago or New York, because Puerto Rico per capita is less.

The reason why I want to go there, is because

1) first of all my grades, my grades aren't the best so Puerto Rico is the only school that accepted me. Puerto Rico school is a accredited/licensed school which means the department of education bodies have inspected it and the education is acceptible enough for the Us department of education.

2) I Am an immigrant in US. So it doesn't matter to me if I go to Puerto Rico or any other part of the US, because its pretty much foreign to me.

3) The enviornment in Puerto Rico is more multicultural and hence is better for me as a minority student.

4) Living expenses in Puerto Rico are much cheaper

5) The class size in Puerto Rico is like 30 or 40 students which is good, because I feel more comfortable in smaller classes, and the teachers are able to give us more attention individually.

6) The main thing is I want to be an optometrist and get on with my life, I don't care what some rich overachieving students think of Puerto Rico optometry school as long as I can pass the boards and become an optometry. :)

I totally agree, my reasons are pretty much the same. Have you applied for FAFSA yet or have any info about housing, where are you planning to stay?
 

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Good reasons! I agree with you. If you graduate from PR and can pass the boards, that really tells people what you're capable of. If you don't mind sharing, what are your OAT scores? I am applying there too so I hope I can get in!


My average OAT score was 300. However, my OAT score in biology section was 330. I did poorly in the reading part and that brought my score down to 300.

My college GPA was 3.0
 

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Once again, I didn't mean to sound negative. Good luck with your pursuits. I guess I am just biased because I have family in the states and am very close to them. I want to see my nieces grow up. I know a awesome EM doctor who went to school overseas. I really have nothing against you or your pursuits.
 

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Hey Everyone,

I've been reading the forums on this site for a while now but just became a member. For those of you who got into Puerto Rico, how were you're grades? if I'm not being too noisey. I;m thinking of applying next year to Puerto Rico because I feel that I have a good chance in getting there. The reason I'm applying there is the same as you guys stated. Thanks
 

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This whole thread sounds like a desperate attempt to sell the school by a couple of under cover IAUPR administrators sweating over the bad PR IAUPR has been getting for years. Bad PR by many former graduates, Osvaldo Negron and his group of unhappy optometrists, The parents of the Korean boy who died there in 2005, other deaths before my time since I graduated in 2005, opthalmologists upset that some chosen favorite optometry students allowed to do pterygium surgeries, students harassed by horny professors....oh, the list is long.

This thread also sounds like a "Sesame Street Script" ............
RunnerOD: "Once again, I didn't mean to sound negative. Good luck with your pursuits. I guess I am just biased ..........."
Aw, what a sweet ending to the skit.

These are the same administrators/professors who will look down on you for going to the same school once you are there. One day I overheard a conversation between the dean and the academic dean making fun of the non-local students, saying how stupid and boasting about how they themselves didn't go to IAUPR. They graduated from NECO and PCO. If you are not local then you are only wanted for the money you will be bringing in. You will be treated as a second class citizen by the clinicians/faculty/administration. When and if you get to 4th year you will see first hand what I've seen but it will be too late for you to go to another school. After you graduate you will return to the states and get treated like a second class citizen there, you will continuously be told stupid excuses like you didn't get the job because of just about anything they want to make up about you, you will be scrutinized, looked at suspiciously,treated like a criminal and treated like a beggar. The person who interviewed you for a job yesterday and completely dumped you and insulted you in the interview will pick up the phone and tell everyone in the area not to hire you when you go knocking at the next intervewer's door.

Puerto Rico Optometry school is cheaper then mainland American schools. IAUPR tuition is 21000 per year. That is not bad, knowing that ICO is 26000.
Plus the living expenses in Puerto Rico are CHEAPER. Food, Rent is much cheaper then Chicago or New York, because Puerto Rico per capita is less.
IAUPR is on the top 3 most expensive schools in the nation. Living expenses Not cheaper but rather more expensive than most of the united states.


The reason why I want to go there, is because

1) first of all my grades, my grades aren't the best so Puerto Rico is the only school that accepted me. Puerto Rico school is a accredited/licensed school which means the department of education bodies have inspected it and the education is acceptible enough for the Us department of education.
If you didn't have good grades in undergraduate school they will take advantage of that and fail you repeatedly. You are better off staying in the states and redoing your classes and pull up your GPA and reapply to a good school.
Professors treat PR students and Non-PR students with different standards. They try to pull up their grades and teach them well, on the otherhand they will treat you like dirt, try to pull your grade down (this way they give the appearance that PR students are smarter than the "foreign" students). In the US you will be walking around with a crappy transcript and so they will hire the PR student with the good grades, the Puerto Rican. They take care of themselves. After all of you graduate, when the school gets word of a job opening they will call their favorites; not you.


2) I Am an immigrant in US. So it doesn't matter to me if I go to Puerto Rico or any other part of the US, because its pretty much foreign to me.
Good reason. Immigrants are basically screwed here AND there.


3) The enviornment in Puerto Rico is more multicultural and hence is better for me as a minority student.
Good reason. Among the other classmates you will feel better. But among the clinicians/professors if you arent puerto rican but of any other minority then you are in trouble (except muslems, the faculty loves muslems, I'm guessing it is because of a common bond they have with hating america).


4) Living expenses in Puerto Rico are much cheaper
You are certainly dreaming. Wait until you get ther for your well deserved wake-up call.


5) The class size in Puerto Rico is like 30 or 40 students which is good, because I feel more comfortable in smaller classes, and the teachers are able to give us more attention individually.
Class sizes are irrelevent, since they have a shortage of professor/clinicians and the ones there will not give you the time of day and will sit for hours with their puerto rican students giggling/gossiping/lying about you.


6) The main thing is I want to be an optometrist and get on with my life, I don't care what some rich overachieving students think of Puerto Rico optometry school as long as I can pass the boards and become an optometry. :)
You will get a diploma saying you are an OD but you will soon find out how useless it is. The most you can do with it is impress your mommy and daddy. You will not get on with your life, you will be going in circles wondering how you can pass the first board, the 2nd board, the clinical board. You will study 10 hours a day everyday for years. Then when you go to a job interview you will be insulted by the interviewed because he will be shocked of the number of times you have failed it and I will shocked of the large amount of unemployment thus branding you as a LAZY minority. If you did pass the boards the interviewer will just assume that you cheated or faked your boards transcript. You will never win.


Good Luck - you will certainly need it.

I am here not to bash the school but to warn you of the biggest mistake you will make in your life if you go there. 4-8 years from now you will see that I am right and I will say "I told you so."

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The guys who did my interview went to IAUPR and he told me not to worry about the school.

After all IAUPR is a accredited/licensed school. The US department of education I think would have sent their inspectors to inspect that school and would accredit that school to operate only if the US department of education is satisfied with their education.
 

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Maddi attacks again!
Please do a search on maddi and see how many of us here at SDN have knocked her arguments out the window. She claims to have attended the school but her ignorance on the island, and even the school itself is immense. I invite you all to do a search on maddi's previous posts and read for yourself.
Her constant attacks on the school are mind boggling. Many people who know the school, attended the school or know the island have answered her posts (including me). I am sure that that all of them are not doing it as a public relations stunt for the school, but because they honestly feel the need to defend what to them is the truth about the school. I ask myself, why would an fully accredited professional school feel the need to too defend itself in a student forum? It doesnt register. The fact that they are accredited speaks for the quality of the school.
As for me, I have been a member of SDN since 2004. I am a med student at PR, and my best friend attends IAUPR, so I actually believe I know a thing or two about PR. I stumbled upon maddi's posts one day while doing a SDN search on PR and was dumbfounded by her blatant lies and slandering of the school and the island of PR. I have no ideas why so much hate, but I felt the need to defend this beautiful island and the school against this person. I am in no way part of IAUPR or its faculty, so I dont have any agenda here, except to right what I percieve is a wrong. Since my friend attends the school, I have been to the school and have spoken to actual students and faculty and my impressions are not what maddi states as her "truth".
I invite you to do a search on my previous posts to verify what I have said. I also invite you to do a search on maddi's previous posts and make up your own minds as to who represents the reality of PR, and who speaks the truth.

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Hi, for those of you accepted to IAUPR have you received any info regarding financial aid and housing. I haven't got anything yet. Also, in what month are you planning to move to puerto rico and if any of you have any information on affordable hotels and cheap airline fairs...Thanks.
 
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