Top Things To Consider When Choosing What Optometry School To Attend

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Hi Everyone,

As I have been reading through the forums, I have seen that there are many people with multiple acceptances and who are having a tough time deciding between schools. I am also in this boat, but instead of asking you to give your opinions on the schools that I am debating between, I was wondering if people would post what they believe are the most important things to consider when making this decision and then I/others can look into those things for each of the schools and make a decision. A lot of people have said cost and location, but those are pretty obvious. What are some of the other things that a pre-optometry student might not think to consider ie. how many people are in the lab sections, etc.?

Thanks!
 

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You might want to consider the curriculum you're getting yourself into. It's not exactly the same at each school.
 

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...so describe some of the differences that you are aware of.
 

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you can find course schedules online. i don't want to offend anyone by pretending i know what it's like to be at their school. Different schools balance clinic and classes differently
 

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Different school also focus their sub-specialty clinics in different areas. For example some schools incorporate more behavioral optometry in the BV clincs while others incorporate very little.

Location and price are also very important as noted above. This is where you will spend 4+ years of your life. Less loans lets you have more freedom after graduation.

Also depending on your grades you can qualify for special scholarships at some schools who recently initiated these practices to attract "more prestigious" candidates as they say.

Good luck in your choices!
 
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