How did you decide on a school?

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  1. bikinibots

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    Hi, I got accepted to UIC and Regis and I am trying to decide between the 2 schools. I really liked the diversity of UIC and Chicago and I know I will be able to connect with the people there. Chicago is also the 2nd highest employment for PTs which is also a plus because UIC has many connections.

    However, the cost for UIC is about 25k more than Regis. Regis is a great school, when comparing the 2 programs, I could tell the Professors showed more interest in students in Regis than in UIC. However, I don't think I could see myself living in Denver and I found it hard to connect with the people there.

    I guess my question is for those that have gone through this process, how did you decide between schools and what factors did you look at/ are most important?

    Thank you so much.
     
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    Congratulations on your acceptances! What a wonderful thing to have choices--I know many folks out there struggle to get in any place.

    I hear your concerns re: connecting with folks there. Thus far, I've been accepted to UT-El Paso, Georgia State, and University of Southern California. I've been rejected by San Diego State and I'm still waiting on Duke *skeleton meme*.

    TL;DR: I bailed on USC solely because of price. I bailed on Georgia State because they were a little vague and unavailable to answer my questions over the course of a week. I chose UTEP because El Paso has some career opportunities for my SO, and it was by far the cheapest option at $40k. I'm not jazzed about living in El Paso, and I can't quite say why since I'm originally from a border town myself. I suppose with any program, I worry that I'll be an odd man out at 28, practically married, liberal arts degree, etc etc. but I'm just taking a leap of faith. I will say I was kind of worried that USC, Duke, and Georgia State were a little too white for me. I went to pretty much an all-white liberal arts college, and like with everything, if people aren't use to "diversity" (LOL) then they can say some ignorant things. I suppose I was worried to deal with that again even though it's 2019 and people are more "woke" and "tolerant"
     
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  3. JM3_33

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    I think it's important to choose a school with students/people you like bc they will be your support system throughout the program. Out of everyone in the world, the'll most likely understand what you're going through atm.
     
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    Hi Pelado,

    I am glad someone understands what I am going through, thank you so much for sharing your process and good luck in PT school!! WE DID IT!! :) Also, don't be worried about being an odd man out, you have so much experiences in life to share about!
     
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    Hi JM3_33, I completely agree, but I just can't seem to ignore the cost difference in both schools haha!
     
  6. JM3_33

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    You can always make clinical affiliations in chicago and choose the cheaper school :)
     
  7. ptbusiness

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    [QUOTE="Chicago is also the 2nd highest employment for PTs which is also a plus because UIC has many connections.[/QUOTE]
    I would not worry about employment rate for PT while choosing the area where you go to school. You will be able to find a job pretty much anywhere and without any school connections.
     

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