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Jeffery from Dallas, TX10/17/2011
Reviewer is A current student here.
2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 1 of 1
Categories Comments Great for these types of students
Students who have a serious commitment to their education, who are willing to ignore the politics and take what they can get. Even better for local students who don't want to move. You can get exposed to a lot of different techniques, and really have the freedom to go where you want to go. It's all up to you.
Tips for prospective students
Really consider your options, and take the marketing with a pound or two of salt. Many of the faculty are fantastic, the program is challenging, and most of the staff are genuinely helpful. However, certain disfunction bleeds from the top down and infects the entire school. Don't count on getting any real scholarship money. The scholarships that do exist are anemic, and most of them (60-70%) are for international and minority students. Board pass rates are average, at best, but a new curriculum put in place last year purports to solve that problem.
Bang for the buck
I was misled and lied to by various parties during the admissions and selection process. Had I known what I know now, I would have chosen a school like Western States or Logan. Essentially, a school that doesn't spend so much time telling you what a good place it is, while neglecting serious issues that have an effect on the quality of the education and the student/faculty morale. Look for a school whose alumni donate to the scholarship fund. That's telling.
Am enjoying being here
A lot of the marketing is exaggerated, and you can't really believe what the student tour guides tell you. It's very political here, the current administration has had some serious accusations leveled against it, and the entire atmosphere of the school is a little oppressed. Add to that the stress of the demanding schedule and living expense decreases, and it's not a ton of laughs.
Am learning a lot
The program here is much like standing under a waterfall with a paper cup. There is so much information to learn, and very little time to do it in. It's not uncommon to have 4 or 5 exams or practicals in a single week, for several weeks running. As a student who was able to coast with a 3.6 in undergrad, and has been able to maintain a 4.0 in this program, I think I'm in a good position to tell you that you'll need to step up your game to have a chance here. Nearly anyone can get accepted, so make sure you're not going to waste a year and $35,000 before you make the decision to attend.
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