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Ohio State Program

Discussion in 'Optometry' started by mtfarley, Nov 26, 2002.

  1. mtfarley

    mtfarley New Member

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    Hey Optometry Gang!!

    I am applying to the Ohio State OD Program and was just wondering if anyone has advice/information on the school, interview, what they look for, or whatever else one might want to know as prospective student at Ohio.

    I am pretty familiar with Optometry in general and even Optometry Schools (I got into IU and ICO last year but deferred to this year at IU and declined ICO because they wanted $1000 to hold a spot). I really just want to know about OSU so if any of you have some info you would be willing to share it would be greatly appreciated

    Thanks,
    mtfarley
    :D
     
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  3. TPMOH

    TPMOH Senior Member
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    Hi mtfarley, I know quite a bit about OSU, so if I don't answer all of your questions feel free to ask me some specifics. I finished 2 quarters last year in the class of 2005 and am now on a leave of absence due to some physical problems, but I plan to return this spring qtr as a member of the class of 2006.

    For the interview, you will usually be there with 1-3 additional students, but you might be there by yourself. The interview happens in stages (in no particular order): financial aid session, essay (about 20-30min- have to write about some social or medical issue pertaining to optometry), tour of school, and interview with the admissions committee. The actual interview usually lasts about 30 min. You will sit at a table with 4 members of the admissions committee. One thing you have to watch during the interview is that you probably will get cut off a few times while you're in the middle of talking. But besides that, everyone on the committe is very friendly and it's not that intimidating. I was asked a "conflict resolution" question that threw me, but everything else is just standard stuff like telling them about yourself, why you want to be an optometrist, and so forth.

    The first year of the program concentrates mainly on the the hardcore sciences and optics, with some intro to some clinical-type stuff the 3rd quarter in ocular anatomy. Actually, Dr Earley, who you will have for anatomy and histology your whole 1st year, frequently introduces clinical applications to the lecture material and you will be responsible for it. I like the OSU approach- I like getting the background info before I apply it to practice- you will start the heavy clinical training your second year. The education you will receive is excellent- especially Dr Earley and the optics professors. OSU consistantly scores very high on 1st time passage rates on Part I of the opt boards (some recent classes at 100%). This is probably mostly due to Dr Earley- he's a genius and will teach you alot. Some of the students I talked to who had taken the boards said that Dr Earley requires you to know much more detail than what you will see on the boards (stuff that pertains to his classes). The 1st year is very tough, but I heard it gets easier each year, even tough the 2nd year is very busy.

    I really like the atmosphere of the school and you will get a very good education. The classrooms could use some improvement (esp rm 33), but the facilities are fine- even though other schools may have better. The school is located right next to the health science library and OSU hospital (quite a ways away from the riots, fires, and mayhem that occurs after OSU football victories). If you choose to live on campus, try to find an apartment near the school in the medical area. It's not the greatest area, but it's OK. I personally wouldn't ever want to live on campus again- I live in an eastern Columbus suberb. Well, gotta go for now- let me know if you have any specific questions.
     
  4. mtfarley

    mtfarley New Member

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    Thanks for the info TPMOH!!
    I had my interview yesterday and your information was right on.
    I was informed that I had been accepted at the end of the day!!:clap: :clap: :)
    What a great way to end it!
    So maybe I'll see you around next year.
    Thanks Again,
    MTFARLEY

    P.S. If any one wants the low down on questions & such just let me know.
     
  5. J.opt

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    About how much does it cost to go to OSU paying out of state tuition?
     
  6. TPMOH

    TPMOH Senior Member
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    Congratulations mtfarley! Glad to see you got in! Jopt- as far as out of state tuition for OSU- it is very high- around 27-28K for your first year, but the good news is that you can become an Ohio resident after your 1st year and pay around 11K for the remaining 3 yrs (a little higher than this for the years that you attend summer qtr).
     
  7. J.opt

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    That's great, I was doing some numbers and for the money I would spend at OSU in four years (paying full price, out of state, for everything, with no scholarships or anything) I could go to the college I'm going right now for 49 years! that's crazy! too bad they don't have optometry here :(

    But if I could become an Ohio resident, it wouldn't be bad at all.
     
  8. TPMOH

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    It's very easy to become an Ohio resident after you start- I think you just need to stay in the Columbus area the summer betw your 1st and 2nd year- the school should be able to give you all of the details. I don't think anyone ever has a problem gaining Ohio residency.
     
  9. rpames

    rpames Optometrist
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    J.opt,
    I don't understand one of you comments; "too bad they don't have optometry here." Your location says you are from Oklahoma, there is an OD school in OK. It is actually a pretty good one. Are you from OK?

    NORTHEASTERN STATE UNIVERSITY
    College of Optometry
    Tricia Grindstaff, Coordinator of Optometric Student Affairs
    1001 North Grand Avenue
    Tahlequah, Oklahoma 74464
    Phone: (918) 456-5511 ext. 4036
    E-mail: [email protected]
    http://arapaho.nsuok.edu/~optometry
     
  10. J.opt

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    Since NSUCO is so small they only accept applicants who are OK residents, and residents from a few other states around it (8 in total). They also have some special admissions policy in which they don?t accept international students, and I?m from Venezuela. Last summer I talked to the admissions lady down there and asked her about how I could get an OK residency and it?s kind of complex. I would have to get more info with an immigration lawyer about that. I?ve been living in OK for almost 3 yrs and still they can?t let me in as a resident :( .
    When I said ?here? I meant NWOSU, where I?m going to school right now. :)
     
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    rpames Optometrist
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    I see now. I didn't remember that background about you. I looked into the OK school because they have really been "cutting-edge" with OD procedures. I was pretty surprised when I read about their policy.
     

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