I know overall I have to visit the schools to really decide what is right for me But.... Out of the schools which ones are the better recognized ones. I would want to mostly focus on surgery and sports medicine if that has any weight in the final decision. I see different things on this board praising some schools and cutting down others. The two closest schools would be chicago or cleveland however, I don't mind going far away if it means that the school will prepare me the best for my future career and give me good placement in it. (I know that if you work hard at any of the schools you will do well etc, but my response to that is "why work hard at any school if one school will consistently push out good students regardless of how hard they work because the program is just that good") I also know that any podiatry school will not be cakewalk and I don't expect it to be. I do know that I will be spending the next few years of my life there and want to have a good experience and a great education with how much money I am going to invest into it.