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  • The Ohio State University College Of Optometry
  • Optometry School
  • Columbus
The Basics

What was the zip code of your residence in high school?

36207

Overall, how satisfied are you with this program?

10 out of 10

What do you like most?

"We had an extensive curriculum at Ohio State involving state-of-the-art medical procedures (injections, lasers, MRI/FANG interpretation, etc), six business classes (contract negotiation, coding and billing, etc), and dynamic coursework (gerontology, public health, etc). We also had faculty and staff from all over the US and Canada who could cross-compare teaching styles and educate us on various modalities of medicine. As for location, I loved how OSU was in Columbus, OH (the state's capital). It was a bustling metropolitan area, had an undergraduate campus, and the college was located in the heart of the medical center." Report Response

What do you like least?

"I didn't like how our facility was older. It was built in 1800s and was an old tuberculosis hospital. As a result, the facility itself was older-looking. According to the alumni magazine, there is currently a six-story, brand-new facility opening up for the college in 2020." Report Response

The Details

Does the student body seem cooperative or competitive?

3 out of 10

Does the environment seem supportive for underrepresented minorities?

9 out of 10

Does the environment seem supportive for lesbian/gay/bisexual/transsexual students?

8 out of 10

Does the environment seem supportive for married students?

8 out of 10

Does the environment seem supportive for students with disabilities?

10 out of 10

Does the environment seem supportive for older/non-traditional students?

10 out of 10

Do you/did you feel well prepared for your board exams?

10 out of 10

How approachable are faculty members?

10 out of 10

What are the facilities and clinics like (old/new, well maintained, etc.)?

"The facilities were well-maintained, but some of the clinic buildings themselves were older." Report Response

How do students from this program do after graduation - are they adequately prepared for practice?

"The students are absolutely well-prepared to practice after graduation. Ohio State really pushes leadership and excellence in the field post-graduation. As a result, ~40% of students continue to residency, fellowships, MBA's, or PhDs." Report Response

What are rotations like?

"When I completed my doctorate at OSU, we were required to do rotations in four sections: VA Hospital, federally-qualified health centers (FQHCs), OD/MD practices, and private practices. You are required to do rotations in advanced contact lenses, low vision, binocular vision, pediatrics, and advanced ocular disease clinics in addition to your primary care clinics. Students could choose to go out-of-state or in-state for their rotations, and many students chose to explore the US by traveling to Vermont, Arizona, New Mexico, New York, New Jersey, and Georgia." Report Response

How do students from this program do in the Match?

"See Ohio State's match statistics on the Admissions site: https://optometry.osu.edu/welcome-future-students" Report Response

Any other information you want to share?

"I believe Ohio State is one of the best if not THE best program for optometry. They have a diverse student body with over 40% of the students being from out-of-state. The undergraduate institutions represented include Butler University, University of Wisconsin, UCLA, Clemson, UAB, Brigham Young University, Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, Ohio State and many others. The students are intelligent and are the products of preeminent academic institutions. They are the future leaders of not only optometry but the healthcare system in general. Ohio State offers in-state tuition after the first year for all out-of-state students, is well-connected with both the state and national optometric associations, and is held to a higher standard of education (like Berkeley, UAB, Indiana, etc) because it is associated with an undergraduate, public, research institution." Report Response

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