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  • Salus University Pennsylvania College of Optometry
  • Optometry School
  • Elkins Park
Individual Feedback 3 53 Responses
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 45
Negatively 3
No change 1

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
3.31 48

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
8.51 53

0 = low, 10 = high

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

Response Avg # Responders
7.59 51

0 = low, 10 = high
Questions

How long was the interview?

Response # Responders
5 minutes 2
10 minutes 2
15 minutes 1
20 minutes 3
25 minutes 3
30 minutes 6
35 minutes 4
40 minutes 5
45 minutes 9
50 minutes 7
55 minutes 3
60+ minutes 7

Where did the interview take place?

Response # Responders
At the school 52
At a regional location 0
At another location 0

What was the style of the interview?

Response # Responders
One-on-one 49
In a group 3

What type of interview was it?

Response # Responders
Open file 10
Closed file 41

How many people interviewed you?

Response Average # Responders
1.17 52

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"What do you hope to gain from coming to SALUS?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What opportunities do you see in optometry? What is an issue with optometry now?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What opportunities do you see in optometry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some of the challenges in the field of optometry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you make a difficult decision? What is your thought process?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you deal with stress?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What experiences prepared you for optometry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are current issues or hindrances in the field?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What will you do if you dont get in" More from this Member | Report Response

"What optometric experience do you have?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Optometry" More from this Member | Report Response

"About my research experience" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think you are a good student academically? Do not tell me your gpa or grades." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why optometry, what other schools did you apply to" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to do optometry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I will just list all the questions: whats the biggest accomplishment? what does an optometrist do? what are your strength and weaknesses? Who did you talk to first after you decided to do optometry? Why PCO?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you get involved in optometry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Who did you talk to about your decision to become an optometrist? What is your perception of the school's curriculum?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be an optometrist?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Optometry? What before choosing optometry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"why did you apply to PCO?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What's your strengths/ weaknesses?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your strengths and weaknesses as a student?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your weaknesses?" More from this Member | Report Response

"When you first became interested in the field, who did you talk to?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was your first exposure to optometry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Is PCO your first choice?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are the current issues regarding optometry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What's your greatest strength?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are the current issues facing optometry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"When did you decide to become an optometrist and who did you talk to about it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"why optometry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you become interested in Optometry" More from this Member | Report Response

"General questions about your background. " More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you know about our curriculum?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is an optometrist?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you know about optometry?" More from this Member | Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 2)?

"What do you think are the highlights and then the challenges with the optometry profession?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me a time you displayed or saw someone display leadership that you admire?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What challenges do you see in optometry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Salus?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What other schools did you apply to and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you get this bad grade? (I received a D in one physics class)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Please discuss two challenges within the field of optometry." More from this Member | Report Response

"What will you bring to pco?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your hobbies?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some current issues in the field" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some of your hobbies?" More from this Member | Report Response

"They will ask what specialties you know of. Of those they'll pick one and ask you what you know of that specialty (how in-depth your answer will vary)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why PCO" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why optometry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is an optometrist?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Would you like to specialize in a certain field of optometry? If so, do you think pco is right for you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is optometry? What does an optometrist do that is different from an ophthalmologist?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what is an optometrist and what do they do, how would you go about dealing with a difficult patient" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you like about the profession?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your extraciriculars/hobbies intersts? Why optometry? applied to any other schools and why so many?(i applied to 9) what other careers did you think about? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What made you decide on PCO?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What does an optometrist do? Why do you want to be an optometrist? Why have you applied to PCO?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Who did you talk to when deciding to be an optometrist." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why PC0?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some of the challenges facing Optometry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"why do you want to become an optometrist?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do in free time?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why optometry and why PCO?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why optometry? Why PCO?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why PCO?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are the kinds of classes you did best and worst in, not based on the grades?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you had to overcome any major challenges?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think of our curriculum?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your greatest achievement? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your weaknesses?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What's your greatest weakness?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what has been your exposure?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What current issue in optometry do you believe is the most important...and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do optometrists do? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you see yourself doing in 10 years?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what experiences do you have in optometry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think you can make the adjustment to living in Philadelphia?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Are you a good student? Explain " More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your weakness in your studies?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What type of experience do you have in optometry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you play tennis?" More from this Member | Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 3)?

"Scenario-based question about how myself and a committee of people would give one of three possible gifts to a community/communities in a developing country." More from this Member | Report Response

"You got this grade this quarter can you explain why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What makes someone a good leader?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you choose PCO?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Directly after graduating from PCO, what do you hope to give back to optometry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you plan to contribute to our incoming class?" More from this Member | Report Response

"my hobbies" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some final things you want the admissions office to know about you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Who did you first tell when you decided to do optometry, was your family supportive" More from this Member | Report Response

"What other schools did you apply to?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How bout them Phillies? (I asked them. Reference the date if you're a baseball fan) ;P" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your greatest accomplishment?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are current issues in optometry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What other schools did you apply to? How does their curriculum compare to ours?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what is your acadademic strength coming into this program, what are your career goals" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your hobbies?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Most of your hobbies are related to art. Why not follow that path?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How will you practice after graduating? Tell me about yourself? It was just a conversation, so for the most part, she just skipped some questions, becuase i just told her most of the answers without having her ask me the questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"Will you be able to adjust away from home?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How have you attempted to explore/learn more about the profession?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you know about PCO's curriculum. " More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you wish to accomplish in the field?" More from this Member | Report Response

"how many schools you applied to." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why PCO? How did you prepare?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think an optometrist does?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Question about research b/c of my background." More from this Member | Report Response

"In what activities are you interested?/What do you do to relieve stress?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think you would want to specialize and why PCO? (Be careful on this one...PCO prides itself on producing wonderful general optometrists, not Contact lens specialists, etc.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Is your family supportive?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some of the things you like to do to relax?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why PCO?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Would you prefer a private practice or group practice setting?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What kind of experience/knowledge do you have with/about optometry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what do you know about our curriculum?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Some question about stressful situations." More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see yourself after optometry school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was your biggest achievement?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what issues face the field of optometry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is an issue that you're concerned about for the future of optometry" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is an optometrist?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What kind of practice do you see yourself doing?" More from this Member | Report Response

"When did you decide to become an optometrist? Have you ever considered another career?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What were your experiences?" More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Summarize your undergraduate career (don't have to be specific)." More from this Member | Report Response

"In this scenario, if you only had $100 to donate to charity. Which would it be? To buy educational supplies ie pens & books, medical supplies, or water?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What things do you look for in an optometry school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What challenges does optometry face?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you know about PCO?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what I like to do for fun" More from this Member | Report Response

"What qualities would make you a good optometrist?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why PCO?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you see as being the biggest hinderance to the growth of the profession? (apparently this question throws many interviewees off)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your extracurriculars?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is c-reactive protein and what is it's clinical importance in relation to the eye? (I had mentioned that I worked at a medical lab)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Is there anything you prepared to talk about that we haven't covered?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what is the biggest challenge facing optometry" More from this Member | Report Response

"What problems will optometrists face in the future?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you know the history of macrame?" More from this Member | Report Response

"whats your greatest accomplishment?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Does your family support you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What extracurricular activities or hobbies do you enjoy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"None really." More from this Member | Report Response

"None" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the biggest mistake you've made in your life? What did you do to rectify it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you have a boyfriend?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what do you like to do in your spare time?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the most challenging event in your life?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What did I learn from my job working with children?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing interesting. Just all the basic get-to-know-you questions that are posted on here. I was asked most of the questions that are posted on sdn." More from this Member | Report Response

"None were too interesting...just your basics!" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could go out to dinner tonight with 3 people (dead or alive), who would they be?" More from this Member | Report Response

"None were really interesting/unexpected." More from this Member | Report Response

"To describe the kind of person I am and how I handle a stressful/challenging situation." More from this Member | Report Response

"None of the questions were interesting....just about my undergrad experience, strengths/weaknesses, knowledge of optometry, etc." More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your goals for optometry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"None of the questions were interesting or surprising - mostly just stuff like why optometry? experience? college experience, etc" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you handle stress?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you know/think of our curriculum?" More from this Member | Report Response

"All question was as expected nothing out of the ordinary" More from this Member | Report Response

"what do you like about our school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what type of student are you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could eat dinner with any three people who would you choose?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your major strength?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was your biggest achievement?" More from this Member | Report Response

"There really were no difficult questions but you do need to now where you stand. Since the questions were quite broad, it also allows yourself to stand out amongst the other interviewers. (ie; What is your biggest accomplishment?)" More from this Member | Report Response

"none that was memorably interesting.." More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"How do you think you will be successful in optometry school based on past challenges?" More from this Member | Report Response

"MMI Question: given a prompt about the impact of the internet on healthcare/diagnosis and told to "discuss"" More from this Member | Report Response

"Asked point-of-view on people diagnosing themselves through websites such as WebMD." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you score low on one of the courses (I got a C+ in Organic Chemistry). Be prepared to have a good explanation." More from this Member | Report Response

"What can you gain from PCO, unrelated to academics?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Challenges in optometry, Knowledge about PCO's program" More from this Member | Report Response

"How I handle a difficult situation" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is something that PCO needs to improve on?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Salus/PCO? This was only hard because I tried not to sound like a cookie cutter with the information provided on their website." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the biggest challenge that Optometry is currently facing" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing too difficult" More from this Member | Report Response

"There was no difficult questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why not opthamology?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the biggest historic accomplishment your state has achieved in the field of optometry? (which i had no clue about and was definitely not prepared to answer this!)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are 2 of your weaknesses?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what is your acadademic weakness coming into this program" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why weren't you accepted last year?" More from this Member | Report Response

"none really" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you have any weaknesses coming into this program?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your academic strengths and weaknesses?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you change about yourself." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your biggest weakness?" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing really...maybe What are some of the challenges Optometry is facing?" More from this Member | Report Response

"why dont you like about optometry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the most challenging event in your life?" More from this Member | Report Response

"None really." More from this Member | Report Response

"I have some research experience, and was asked about that. My interviewer" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see yourself living in the future, and what sort of patients do you want to see? (As those two questions sort of go hand-in-hand.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your biggest accomplishment in your life so far?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do I approach a problem and how would I handle it." More from this Member | Report Response

"I did not find any of the questions difficult. " More from this Member | Report Response

"None." More from this Member | Report Response

"My greatest weakness" More from this Member | Report Response

"what are your academic strength/weaknesses" More from this Member | Report Response

"Was not asked a very difficult question." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is an issue that you are concerned about for the future of optometry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could have dinner with three people who would it be?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your weaknesses?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you define success as an optometrist?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is an Optometrist" More from this Member | Report Response

"There were really no questions that I didn't expect." More from this Member | Report Response

"I wouldn't say it was hard..but this question can make you shine if you answered it well. (What are some of the issues facing optometrists?)" More from this Member | Report Response

"none" More from this Member | Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Student Doctor Network, YouTube videos, a lot of practicing with myself on the car ride there (It was a long drive to get there)" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, asking friends, reviewing my app" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN feedback, rehearsed any questions I could find, made sure I knew my 'why optometry' and could talk about all of my experiences" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read stats about the school online in order to ask questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, optomcas essay, another set of questions from a website, LOTS OF PRACTICE" More from this Member | Report Response

"Student doctor network interview feedback, looking over optomcas experiences, practicing being confident!" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN all the way! Thank you!!" More from this Member | Report Response

"this site" More from this Member | Report Response

"This forum." More from this Member | Report Response

"read these forums. almost all the questions they asked were posted here" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, mock interview" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN (not much honestly), SalusU website, Student handbook (this was hard to find), brochures, the interview folder (you're given one at the start of the day when you enter the office)" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN Boards" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN forums practiced answering questions others posted on interview feedback" More from this Member | Report Response

"I read over SDN questions and answered them. I read over them the morning before my interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"Practice the questions mentioned in this survey for the most part. Definitely was not ready for some of the questions though (such as the "pop quiz" I had on historical facts about my home state)" More from this Member | Report Response

"mock interview, practice interview with my friends and family, SDN questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN interview feedback!" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, PCO website, previous interviews" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN INTERVIEW FEEDBACK. This website is a blessing from God!!! i basically didnt get any questions that werent on this website. so know the answer to every single question even the really silly ones!!! i also looked at all the materials that they sent me from PCO and i looked at their website. Know info about their curriculum as well." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN questions, some other quetions on an optometry site, prepped with family and friends." More from this Member | Report Response

"Looked up questions on SDN and practiced in the mirror." More from this Member | Report Response

"Mock interview and sample questions. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Mock interviews Prepare Q&A" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN interview feedback, mock interviews" More from this Member | Report Response

"Compiled all the questions from here, and just read other questions on the web, practiced them out. If you practice the questions from here, you are more than likely ready for it!" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, other website" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, my application, PCO website, Mock interview" More from this Member | Report Response

"prepared list of SDN questions!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Browsed SDN forums, read over my application, practiced with a mock-interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read up on the school, read over my activities, since I knew it was closed file." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, reviewed my app." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN,school website, and I know myself pretty well, I think." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, looked through the PCO's website and catalog guide" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, speaking to optometrists, researching the school" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read up on the current issues in optometry and read posts on this website " More from this Member | Report Response

"Reviewed current optometry related materials and read up on the school facts." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN" More from this Member | Report Response

"StudentDoctor.Net and info from the school website" More from this Member | Report Response

"website, sdn, interview seminar" More from this Member | Report Response

"PCO website, reviewed my application and lettes." More from this Member | Report Response

"browsed the forums." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read over my essays" More from this Member | Report Response

"practice interviews from professors, Student Doctor, PCO Web-site" More from this Member | Report Response

"Honestly, I feel horrible because I was going over some possible questions on the way to the interview! However, I normally fair well in interviews/under pressure. " More from this Member | Report Response

"prepared Q&A" More from this Member | Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Innovative, strong culture of commraderie, The Eye Institute, brand new equipment/technology, early patient exposure, residency programs, tutoring, curriculum, everything was very impressive" More from this Member | Report Response

"They were very timely with emailing me before, after the interview" More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone was friendly, the Dean who gave us a presentation at the beginning was very kind and welcoming, the clinic is new, large, and close to campus, the virtual reality lab is amazing, and the new Lombardi classroom is beautiful!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Amazing technology, the Eye Institute is beautiful." More from this Member | Report Response

"The Eye Institute is amazing and I heard that they went through 11 million dollars worth of renovations and you could really see that at the TEI" More from this Member | Report Response

"I heard bad things about this school, but the facilities are really nice: large gym across the street, huge classrooms, nice library space, new/plenty of equipment, large clinic." More from this Member | Report Response

"The program is extremely patient-focused with extra coursework to teach you about the importance of doctor-patient relationship. Brand new renovations and equipment at their long-standing institute (almost 100 years!). Availability of resource office to help you start a private practice. Note-taking services. Large class = more variety of classmates to practice on. Finish all core coursework in 2.5 years rather than 3." More from this Member | Report Response

"The school has an excellent curriculum. The place their first years in the clinic early, which is great. They also have good board scores." More from this Member | Report Response

"The campus and facilities! New equipment? yes. Early clinical? yes. Nice gym? yes please." More from this Member | Report Response

"the clinic is brand new and in a rough area so you most likely see a lot of pathology there" More from this Member | Report Response

"The eye care institute! Free contacts, and lenses. Top professors of optometry work and teach here. Module learning" More from this Member | Report Response

"The Eye Institute (clinic) is brand new and just finished this year. 3 floors of optometric classrooms. huge gym/rec area. very nice area where campus is located." More from this Member | Report Response

"Great facilities, both the main campus and eye institute look amazing" More from this Member | Report Response

"the new clinic" More from this Member | Report Response

"School facilities" More from this Member | Report Response

"The different health professionals at the school besides optometrists, clinicals, and curriculum" More from this Member | Report Response

"The amount of clinical experience offered" More from this Member | Report Response

"Unique course set up (integrative modules), beautiful campus (small pond that was frozen when I went). Gym facilities were alright, offer some classes for a fee." More from this Member | Report Response

"the campus, faculty, curriculum, clinic" More from this Member | Report Response

"The entire tour: The classroom with all the pods, the gym, the appearance of the school." More from this Member | Report Response

"The Elkins Park campus." More from this Member | Report Response

"location, staff and how the interview was conducted" More from this Member | Report Response

"The building was awesome! The clinic is really nice, a bit far away, but really great because the patient population seems to be so diverse. The area is really nice too, quiet as well. The people were super polite and nice!" More from this Member | Report Response

"The student tour guides were really cool people and the student body appears rather diverse." More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone was nice and they had good facilities." More from this Member | Report Response

"The facilities. TEI was great (and huge)." More from this Member | Report Response

"How nice everyone was, friendly and joking around. The Eye Institute and PCO's emphasis on clinical studies. " More from this Member | Report Response

"the killer clinical cirriculum. the clinic is old, but huge. awsome school. lots of vision rehab services and course. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Recently renovated school building and professional atmosphere in clinic. " More from this Member | Report Response

"- school seems small enough for you to know everyone - student guide said the students were not competitive...everyone helps each other out - the Hafter Center (gym+study lounge) is nice. relatively new." More from this Member | Report Response

"I absolutely love the school. Their curriculum is AMAZING. Everyone was really nice and helpful. The interview was very laid back. They are just trying to get to know you. I also loved the tour of the eye clinic. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The location---I was worried as I heard it wasn't the greatest city to live in, but it's in a suburb and has very nice neighborhoods in the vicinity. Don't be scared to check the place out due to the fact that it's in ''Philly''." More from this Member | Report Response

"The school is huge! The classrooms look nice since you are going to be spending tons of time there. They were very honest about everything." More from this Member | Report Response

"Their clinic is really large and has a lot of sections for each specialty." More from this Member | Report Response

"Such a professional school and people seemed very friendly. " More from this Member | Report Response

"campus (very well maintained), attitude of the faculty members & students (very nice, friendly, and helpful), have a very nice student community center " More from this Member | Report Response

"Lab facilities, clinical curriculum, and the weather" More from this Member | Report Response

"Quality of the clinical curriculum and enthusiasm of the people/students I met" More from this Member | Report Response

"modern facilities, nice clean campus" More from this Member | Report Response

"Very nice area surrounding the school. The train to downtown was in walking distance. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The new facilities and friendly staff" More from this Member | Report Response

"The staff and students were very nice." More from this Member | Report Response

"new building, new recreation center, the nice staff" More from this Member | Report Response

"The schools new building." More from this Member | Report Response

"The buildings and equipment were in great shape. The new student center looks awesome." More from this Member | Report Response

"I loved my interviewer. He was very nice. He sold the school very well. Very enthusiastic--- great conversationalist" More from this Member | Report Response

"How nice everyone was." More from this Member | Report Response

"The faculty were very nice and it was a nice environment. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The PCO building is architecturally beautiful. " More from this Member | Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"It does seem to be in a rough area of town like everyone else says. But maybe we're all just seeing one, narrow perspective. The tour they took us on can all be explored online so I had already seen all of it." More from this Member | Report Response

"The area." More from this Member | Report Response

"N/A" More from this Member | Report Response

"Location isn’t the greatest." More from this Member | Report Response

"The campus itself was very concentrated and small compared to the TEI." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview process was also extremely unorganized, where all of the interviewees sat and waited in a room for 45 minutes, only to find out that our tour guide had bailed on us because of finals. We were interviewed very briefly because the dean of admissions was late, and we didn't get to meet any faculty from optometry.." More from this Member | Report Response

"While the school's area is quaint, the clinic's site is located in North Philly. It is a rather ghetto area 15 minutes from the school and it seems their patients are predominantly African-American. I am unsure about their exposure to actual patient diversity. I attest, however, that you will likely see plenty of disease with their patient base. Also, even though there is public transportation, you will likely need a car because it's in the suburbs where everything is spaced out." More from this Member | Report Response

"The location. It is pretty depressing. The fact that you have to drive to the clinic is a huge turnoff." More from this Member | Report Response

"Philly is not the nicest neighbourhood; however, because that is the area that the eye institute is in, you would probably see a lot of diverse diseases and problems." More from this Member | Report Response

"the area around the clinic was rough and pretty ghetto and also some of the rooms within the school looked older" More from this Member | Report Response

"Staff was not as attentive. Student tour guide wasn't enthusiastic." More from this Member | Report Response

"library is very small...." More from this Member | Report Response

"Area isnt great" More from this Member | Report Response

"surrounding location...downtown philly" More from this Member | Report Response

"location" More from this Member | Report Response

"You may need a car because clinic is not walkable from school." More from this Member | Report Response

"the campus, reminded me of a community college" More from this Member | Report Response

"Basically all students need to have cars (yes parking is free on campus). The closest apartments "the colony" looked rundown. Surrounding area seemed shady, cafeteria food was not so great. CLINIC IS ROUGHLY 3 MILES AWAY and looks old (but should soon be remodeled/added onto)." More from this Member | Report Response

"how far the clinic is from the school and everything closes early around the area" More from this Member | Report Response

"The fact that the clinic is 2-3 miles away from the academic building kind of sucks." More from this Member | Report Response

"The Oak Lane campus-very run down." More from this Member | Report Response

"none" More from this Member | Report Response

"Just the clinic being a bit too far away, but also the lack of dormitories. The area seemed to have a lot of apartments though, so it shouldn't be hard to find." More from this Member | Report Response

"There is no shuttle to the Eye Institute. Its not too far away but you have catch the local public transportation, have a car, or hitch a ride to get there." More from this Member | Report Response

"Driving 10-15 minutes to get to the clinic." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing." More from this Member | Report Response

"Northern Philly is pretty sketchy" More from this Member | Report Response

"You need a car to survive here...and the location I guess." More from this Member | Report Response

"location...man it could have been better. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The distance between school and clinic, the area around clinic is like a ghetto (although school itself is in fairly quite + clean location)" More from this Member | Report Response

"- The Eye Institute is 15 mins away. you need a car since there is no public transportation to take you there - Philly is ghetto" More from this Member | Report Response

"The clinic was very outdated, but still effective, so not that big of a deal. Its also about 15 minutes from the school, but you get to see a wide variety of patients and I think its worth it." More from this Member | Report Response

"That you definitely need a car to go anywhere." More from this Member | Report Response

"Not much, really. However, Philadelphia appears to be a very ghetto city." More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing really!" More from this Member | Report Response

"None." More from this Member | Report Response

"The area around the school is rather ho-hum." More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing" More from this Member | Report Response

"The eye clinic was kind of old and junky, but was supposed to undergo renovation in the future." More from this Member | Report Response

"The area outside of PCO" More from this Member | Report Response

" Nothing" More from this Member | Report Response

"needing to drive to clinic, location off campus, distance from the airport" More from this Member | Report Response

"The center of town. Wasn't very pretty." More from this Member | Report Response

"The Eye Institute is in a ghetto" More from this Member | Report Response

"The tour. The students were a bad represnetation of the student body. could not answer any questions about student life/living, partying, etc" More from this Member | Report Response

"The fact that I had to wait for everyone to finish their interviews before we went on the tour." More from this Member | Report Response

"Hmm..the buildings can be a little renovated. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The PCO area is very isolated. Don't see a store anywhere in 5 mile radius. Don't see anyone walking in the neighborhood either, which strikes me as lonely. " More from this Member | Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"To know my interview would be so short and make sure I get everything in that I wanted them to know when making the decision to accept me." More from this Member | Report Response

"How laid back my interview would have been and not to worry so much!" More from this Member | Report Response

"I wish I knew they would ask me about my courses as well. I was not prepared to give an explanation for that." More from this Member | Report Response

"How unreliable the public transportation is! I didn't want to rent a car because it was snowing.. and it took me 4 hours to get to my hotel when it could've taken 30 minutes by car. You definitely need a car while at this school, which is something I didn't want." More from this Member | Report Response

"There was a group interview with a faculty member with 3-4 questions after they gave a presentation. Then you go out and wait for your one-on-one interview with an admissions staff. The second interview is open file, but you will be answering a few more general questions before they open your file." More from this Member | Report Response

"That the interview was so not personal. Seriously, how can they get to know us with just one question? The group interview was kind of awkward. Was not a fan. The exit interview was more personable." More from this Member | Report Response

"Just wish I applied earlier!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Eye care institute is great!!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Students have midterms on the 2nd week of October (no 2ne year student tourguide). Boston Convention was around the week I interviewed (no dean or doctors to speak with)" More from this Member | Report Response

"that the interviewer has a list of standard questions that they ask everyone. pretty much every question you have will be posted somewhere on this site :P" More from this Member | Report Response

"The clinic is roughly 3 miles away, students pretty much need to have cars, campus surroundings seem dodgy." More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing really" More from this Member | Report Response

"That it was going to be so relaxed. I expected to be asked why I got this grade in that class, etc during my exit interview, but it didn't happen." More from this Member | Report Response

"They take you in a van for your tour of the clinic. Don't worry about driving there!" More from this Member | Report Response

"To be relaxed, i know there were many posts on here stating that the interview is laid back but i was still really really really nervous because it was my first interview. But once the interview started i was ok for the most part." More from this Member | Report Response

"Not to stress so much because the inteview was so laid back and easy." More from this Member | Report Response

"More about their curriculum. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really." More from this Member | Report Response

"the 18 month rotations" More from this Member | Report Response

"not much. I think I did fair amount of research before the interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing really. i rented a car and driving there was a lil difficult." More from this Member | Report Response

"Take the train instead of a cab if you can. You can take the train to the station near the school, and someone from the admissions office will come pick you up at the train station and bring you to the interview. The staff is awesome!" More from this Member | Report Response

"The exit interview is nothing more than them reviewing your application, and making sure you have all parts complete (or will in the near future.) Nothing to prepare for or stress about!" More from this Member | Report Response

"My interview was sooo relaxed, way more than I thought it would be. It was actually with the president of PCO, Dr. Lewis and he was great to talk to. He really wanted to get to know me instead of drill me on typical interview questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"Traffic is horrible." More from this Member | Report Response

"That there is a Marriot hotel attached to the airport that I would have stayed at. Also, that the train system is so easy to use. The pamphlet I got told me I may have to transfer trains, but the R1 train took me straight from airport to school and it took ~45 min. I went so early to make sure I had extra time in case I got lost/took wrong train, etc. and I ended up arriving 2 hours early to my interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"The roads may get a bit confusing due to the massive construction going on there." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN prepared me for everything." More from this Member | Report Response

"I could have taken the train from the airport to the school for 7 dollars. However, I did not know that until I paid $55 dollars for a cab..." More from this Member | Report Response

"The school surrounding area didn't look like a good neighborhood." More from this Member | Report Response

"that since i had the 9am interview, i would have to wait until 12pm for everyone else to be done. if i knew that, i would have brought a book or study material." More from this Member | Report Response

"My response to the admissions person after the interview at the checkout." More from this Member | Report Response

"That I would be interviewed by the president of the college" More from this Member | Report Response

"Philidelphia's a run down, ghetto city" More from this Member | Report Response

"That it was going to be that long! I only got 4 hours of sleep the night before and I was exhausted. (Interview/tour was from 10am-3pm) " More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing" More from this Member | Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Fantastic school, incredible faculty and training, such a diverse patient exposure, really everything you would want in an optometry school. I think the school is honest about who they are and when they make mistakes. I found it refreshing how honest but genuine people were. I think anyone would be lucky to attend SALUS." More from this Member | Report Response

"It very SUPER lack. the dead even was talking casually with the assistant dean. It probably was to help get us to feel comfortable and open up to them because they want you to say things that may not be on your application." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview was very, very short. Mine was with an admissions counselor. He asked me 3 questions total. Generally about my motivations, my grades/file, and one simple scenario based situation asking how you would react as a leader. Interview was very brief almost felt like I really couldn't explain much about myself or pitch myself to the interviewer." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview day solidified my decision to attend PCO and was a great representation of the school." More from this Member | Report Response

"PCO is a great school with the best TEI and as it was the first optometry school to give out the doctor of optometry degree, it has to maintain those standards. Loved the students who gave me a tour, very informative and helpful." More from this Member | Report Response

"Great campus (equipment, gym, clinic), but expensive tuition, unorganized interview process, commute to clinic, unreliable public transportation, and in a depressing run down location. (I'm used to LA and NY so being in these run down suburbs was sort of depressing)" More from this Member | Report Response

"I walked into this interview expecting to see a run-down clinic in a bad neighborhood. While I originally had negative thoughts, this clinic far exceeded my expectations. It is extremely state-of-the-art with recent renovations. You feel a sense of history learning in the same clinic as all the PCO students before you. It seriously was not as bad a neighborhood as I anticipated and as a girl, that's saying a lot. I feel their reputable program will build me into a strong clinician and it far outweighs the negativity of its clinic's location. And btw, Elkins Park area is so quaint!! :)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What you read online is most likely true about this school" More from this Member | Report Response

"A lot of people on the forum said that their interviews were only one-on-one; however, for my interview, they asked us one question each when we were in the group and talking to the dean (dean took notes) before splitting us apart." More from this Member | Report Response

"most of the questions are here so read up and be prepared to answer them" More from this Member | Report Response

"From the west, it was COLD!" More from this Member | Report Response

"The school is very impressive and the Eye Institute is salivatingly new and well designed. If you did well you'll receive an acceptance email in under 4 days (that's me! :D) and the packet within a week of interviewing." More from this Member | Report Response

"Seems like a great school" More from this Member | Report Response

"Great school, no essay before interview" More from this Member | Report Response

"Very laid back interview!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Not the school for me but I have met students that are quite impressed with PCO. Interviewer didn't keep track of time, had an 'interview' for over an hour and ended up walking into the financial aid talk late." More from this Member | Report Response

"My exit interview was immediately after my interview but both were very laid back and not as crazy as I thought they would be" More from this Member | Report Response

"This school looks amazing and the clinic seems like a wonderful place to gain experience in all types of specialties. Everyone I encountered during my interview day, including some students, was very very friendly. They all love being there. The school is not in the center of a busy city, nor is it in the middle of nowhere (a plus for someone like me). There is free and ample parking for all students!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Overall I really liked the school, but the faculty wasn't very friendly." More from this Member | Report Response

"They say there are two interviews but there's really only one and thats the closed file. The second interview aka exit interview is just going thru. your file to see if anything is missing, and they just wanted my fall grades sent to them. I had the exit interview right after my actual interview. Since i got the stressful things out of the way first, i was able to enjoy the rest of my visit there. There is also free parking at the school. I got to know just last week that I was accepted. Good luck to all." More from this Member | Report Response

"Don't stress so much before the interview, it's really not bad." More from this Member | Report Response

"I was accepted to the school one week and one day after my interview!" More from this Member | Report Response

"It was better than I expected. =)" More from this Member | Report Response

"I was very nervous! My first interview ever and because of that I did stumble a little bit! However I think in the end all went well. If you prepare and read over the questions from this forum I'm sure you will be fine! Everyone is very nice, and the interview itself was not too hectic. It was more of a conversation than ok question 1, 2, 3." More from this Member | Report Response

"awsome experience, one on one, basically i forgot it was an interview, but more of a conversation. i was asked basic questions, most are personal and my desire to do optometry" More from this Member | Report Response

"It was in better neighborhood than I expected. The interviewer was a bit traditional unlike I heard from other people. When I talked to the students at the PCO , they told me that my interviewer is the only one who asks very formal questions. " More from this Member | Report Response

"1-1 interview, exit interview, financial aid meeting, TEI tour, lunch, PCO tour 10am-1:30pm" More from this Member | Report Response

"PCO is an amazing school." More from this Member | Report Response

"The day went smoothly. Definitely allow plenty of time to arrive there. The construction areas are terrible and traffic moves slow. The interview was relaxing and everyone I met was friendly and interested in getting to know me. It was a great day." More from this Member | Report Response

"It was wonderful. And I must have done well, since I've already been accepted!!" More from this Member | Report Response

"I first got interviewed by a faculty member who wrote down everything I said and didn't seem to be all that interested in doing the interview. Then I went on a tour of the building and then to the clinic. The clinic is way better than SUNY's even though it looks like it belongs in the 70s. Then my exit interview, lunch, and financial aid. The lady who did my exit interview was really distracted and was like since you are interviewing so early and the committee doesn't meet this early, it will take 4-6 weeks to hear back. I was really impressed that the school allows you to do 5 externships for 1 and a half years, which is a lot more than most schools. They also make sure that you get to do an externship at each type of practice, (group, group w/MD, VA, private) so you can figure out which one you like best. Also, PCO's first year courses include way more credits than any other school's first year because they need to make time for the externships. I don't know if its better to get everything over with early or if its a lot of unecessary stress." More from this Member | Report Response

"School is professional, organized, and curriculum seems really good. Lots of lab experience and I got a sense that the students that were there were happy with their choice. Experience was very positive." More from this Member | Report Response

"It was a great experience. My interviewer was extremely nice and told me a lot about what the school offers to its students. It was not intimidating at all. " More from this Member | Report Response

"My mother and I stayed at Fort Washington Holiday Inn. It was literally a 10 min train ride to Jenkintown and from there it was a $5 cab ride to the campus. Since we did not drive we used SEPTA and found it very easy to get around. Fort Washington is right by the train station - a 5 min walk, as well, it is close to Friendly's for a quick bite to eat. Also if you plan on taking a cab to your hotel, its best to reconsider and take the train. It only cost $7 and it was extremely easy. If you are staying at Fort Washington, I suggest you take the train to Suburban station, get off and wait for the R5 train (It is clearly marked on the platform). Also if you mention you are going there for an interview, Fort Washington gives you a discounted rate of $99.00/night." More from this Member | Report Response

"Arrived at the school at 9 o'clock and waited in the office until called upon. I was then interviewed by a nice woman for about 40 mins or so. Following the interview, a student took us on a tour of the school and the eye clinic. When we returned we ate lunch and went over financial aid. Then we had a closer interview and were allowed to leave. Overall, it was a full day event so be prepared for such. " More from this Member | Report Response

"My interview was with one faculty member. She was very nice and even gave me time to think about a few questions. She read through a list of questions and wrote down what I said." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview was more laidback than I thought. Staff was very pleasant." More from this Member | Report Response

"the interviewer was friendly, as was the staff. the school seems great, but the location is a bit sketchy, especially where the clinic is located, which is 10-15 mins from the actual school." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview was my favorite part. I learned a lot from the school from my interviewer. I really enjoyed talking to my interviewer" More from this Member | Report Response

"Had a very positive experience. " More from this Member | Report Response

"It was a nice interview. However, I think I was a lot more nervous than I should hav e been. I feel if optometry is your passion then you should have no problem answering any questions, let it come straight from the heart and try not to sound too ''textbook.'' But that is not to say you shouldn't practice going over questions with someone you're comfortable with." More from this Member | Report Response

"I was interviewed by a senior level faculty member, who seemed to have an interest in taking me right from the start. I told him by qualifications and experiences, and he was impressed and started to talk on and on about how good PCO is. It was an easy interview. " More from this Member | Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Response # Responders
Student 43
Faculty member 1
Admissions staff 8
Other 0

How did the tourguide seem?

Response # Responders
Enthusiastic 45
Neutral 5
Discouraging 2

How do you rank the facilities?

Response Avg # Responders
8.29 52

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your in-state status?

Response # Responders
In state 0
Out of state 52

What was your total time spent traveling?

Response # Responders
0-1 hour 10
2-3 hours 11
4-6 hours 16
7+ hours 14

What was your primary mode of travel?

Response # Responders
Airplane 21
Automobile 24
Train or subway 4
Other 2

About how much did you spend on room, food, and travel?

Response # Responders
< $100 6
$101-$200 10
$201-$300 9
$301-$400 5
$401-$500 5
$501+ 11

What airport did you use?

Phil-International

Philly Airport

Philadelphia

PHL

Where did you stay?

Response # Responders
At school facility 1
With students at the school 1
Friends or family 6
Hotel 35
Home 1
Other 1

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Airport Marriott Four Seasons

Best Western

club quarters

Comfort Inn

Comfort Inn (it's a little far ~30 minutes)

Courtyard by Marriot

Crowne Plaza

Days Inn Horsham

Farifield Marriott

Fort Washington Holiday Inn

Fort Washington Hotel and Conference Center

Hamptom Inn Willow Grove

Hampton Inn

Hampton Inn (Willow Grove)

Hampton Inn in Willow Grove

Hampton Inn Willow Grove

Hampton Inn, Willow Grove

Holiday Inn

Holiday Inn Fort Washington

Marriott Downtown (Philadelphia)

No

Quality Inn Airport

Sheraton Suites by Airport

The Hilton

Yes

Would you recommend the hotel?

Airport Marriott Four Seasons

Best Western

club quarters

Comfort Inn

Comfort Inn (it's a little far ~30 minutes)

Courtyard by Marriot

Crowne Plaza

Days Inn Horsham

Farifield Marriott

Fort Washington Holiday Inn

Fort Washington Hotel and Conference Center

Hamptom Inn Willow Grove

Hampton Inn

Hampton Inn (Willow Grove)

Hampton Inn in Willow Grove

Hampton Inn Willow Grove

Hampton Inn, Willow Grove

Holiday Inn

Holiday Inn Fort Washington

Marriott Downtown (Philadelphia)

No

Quality Inn Airport

Sheraton Suites by Airport

The Hilton

Yes

General Info

How do you rank this school among other schools to which you've applied?

Response Avg # Responders
7.69 51

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your ranking of this school's location?

Response Avg # Responders
6.02 53

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your ranking of this area's cultural life?

Response Avg # Responders
6.17 53

0 = low, 10 = high

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

Response Avg # Responders
7.86 29

0 = low, 10 = high

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

Response Avg # Responders
7.79 29

0 = low, 10 = high

How eco-friendly are the school's application materials and interview process?

Response Avg # Responders
6.11 28

0 = low, 10 = high

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Less time on a tour of the campus and more time with interviews to get a very clear understanding of the student you're considering." More from this Member | Report Response

"N/A everything was impressive!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Have less interviews instead of offering so many dates; it would be easier to organize this way, and the applicants won't be so disappointed that they traveled so far to attend such an unorganized event" More from this Member | Report Response

"There was wait time in between meeting new people for the interview and for the tour. It would've been a lot better if there was a transitional announcement to let us know what the wait was for each time." More from this Member | Report Response

"The lady in the front is not very friendly. You would think the school would want the most cheerful person for the incoming class to meet." More from this Member | Report Response

"More welcoming. Compare to other schools the staff was pretty quiet and the tour guide was apparently doing work study and wasn't enthusiastic about the tour." More from this Member | Report Response

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