May 4, 2016
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Ok so here are the schools I am currently looking at. I'm a Florida native so I will also be reapplying to my current university for their grad program as a backup but I really want to go out of state. The other schools are as follows: Rush University, Northwestern, UW Madison, U of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and Illinois State. In terms of schools in other areas of the country, how do these ones rank? I've been told that the Midwest (especially Chicago) is a hotbed for Audiology. Any thoughts?
 
Sep 17, 2014
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There are published rankings out there.

http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-health-schools/audiology-rankings

I would take those rankings with a grain of salt, but they might give you some perspective.

I applied and was accepted to three of those programs. Rush was very involved and eager to share information about their program, which I liked a lot. They have a big clinical emphasis and not so much emphasis on research, though, so I ultimately turned them down. Northwestern is an excellent program. It was expensive, though, even with funding, so I turned them down as well. I don't think I ever really intended to accept UW-Madison as a first choice, but I've heard decent things about the program.
 
May 4, 2016
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UW is definitely not my first choice. It's disappointing to hear about Rush not being as research focused because that is a big part of what I want to do but I am in love with the school. Rush is definitely my first choice.