It appears that this is a site many prospective DO candidates come to when deciding on where to apply. In a positive vain I would like to start a topic on why I chose my particular school (AZCOM) and encourage others to add comments about their final decisions as well. This site helped me tremendously and I believe we can help future colleagues as they enter the new 2005 cycle. My decision to attend AZCOM was solidfied during the interview process. My interview with AZCOM was realatively early in the cycle (November) but as soon as the day was over I new this was the school for me. I left hoping and praying I would recieve and acceptance there and I did less than 3 weeks after my interview. I decided to go on other interviews after that just to be sure and I am glad I did; because I feel even more confident about my decision now. First and foremost for me was the quality of education and potential for opportunity at my selected school. AZCOM while relatively new, is fully accredited and AOA approved. The recent board results (100% pass rate: the best in the NATION!!!) testify to the quality of education and student body. The Phoenix metroplex offers a multitude of opprtunity for various clinical sites and rotations. The students I spoke with periodically (3rd and 4th year) all spoke with admiration of their school and none voiced regrets. The Director of Admissions, Nancy Tom was absolutely wonderful throughout the process. The student body was extremely welcoming and there was always some one on the basketball court, in the break area, or library that was willing to share their experiences with me (believe me I asked a lot of them). The physical campus is absolutely beautiful! It is in a very safe and lovely community. On campus housing with all the perks is definitely a plus! Oh and don't forget the weather!!!! Year round sunshine! Just imagine after final exams in November; stepping out into your backyard going for a dip in the pool to relax and have a "beverage or two". Or how about hiking and cycling all year! Ultimately everyone has their own needs and set of criteria for their potential program. Do a lot of soul searching, define what your criteria are and enjoy the process!!! GOOD LUCK CLASS OF 2005!