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Marshall B Ketchum University Reviews

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  • Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    They got some big guards that patrol the school, watch the cameras, and utilize text messaging to keep you safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs ranging from private practice to vision therapy.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who come from families that are well off and will help them finance some of their optometry degree.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a nice creek outside of the school that is nice to sit at.

    Bang for the buck

    I'm going to be in debt 250,000 and I can't even see why right now. I could've had the same education elsewhere for waaaay cheaper. Tuition is so high, it was hard to pay rent and eat some months. I barely made it through first year , financially speaking. Unless you're parents are loaded, I suggest checking out other programs, particularly public schools.

    What to do for fun

    so much outside of school to do! Beaches, Los Angeles, Downtown Fullerton, museums, etc. This is the best part of this "school" and it doesn't even have to do anything with the program.

    Food and Dining

    We have a couple of vending machines with Hot Cheetos in them. Otherwise, you're going to have to cook or find some place to eat.

    Dorm Life

    The school owns a few apartments, otherwise, it's easy to find housing since Cal State Fullerton is right across the street. Rent can be aggressively high this part of town.

    Academic Rigor

    School is tough here. Two tests per week with additional proficiencies. With that being said, I still pulled a 3.6 GPA.

    Tips for prospective students

    Honestly, I would only attend this college if I were offered a ton of guaranteed scholarships. This is a good school in sunny california, but I feel like every optometry program is going to offer you the same curriculum. The only difference is cost, available practice equipment, and environment. It's tough to beat the SoCal environment, I'll be honest. But the other points can be easily sought out at other schools.

    In three sentences

    I'm a current second year student. The curriculum is disorganized in some classes, but in others, the objectives are clear. Most professors are very engaging and personal. The cost to attend here, however, is not worth it. I just pulled a 62,000 loan for this upcoming year. Other schools tuition is 1/3 to 1/2 of SCCOs tuition. There are cheaper, more cost effective options, and the technology and practice equipment is old and limited in supply at this school. In addition, the faculty will hold you back one entire year if you fail certain classes. That's right, they won't let you retake certain courses. Instead, they make you repeat the entire year all over again. There is no food court or cafeteria here, and the gym here is small and primitive. Oh, and the textbooks here are hilariously stupid. In college, I kept some of my excellent anatomy/physiology textbooks because they were so well written and I know I could reference them in the future. I will NEVER reference the textbooks they give us at SCCO. In some classes, we don't even use them. The textbooks are made by professors and are put into these spiral bound notebooks that were probably made at Kinkos Copies down the road. Another point is that the optometry program here is the oldest, yet we have the worst lecture facilities out of all the other programs (pharmacy, physician assistant.) We are paying for FOUR years, yet we're stuck in the lecture halls with terrible lighting and IT integration. Finally, I don't feel like I'm expanding my mind as an intellectual here. In college, I felt so free to explore new ideas, concepts, and ways of thinking. Something about this school doesn't give me the sense that I'm growing as an individual. I really miss the feeling of being surrounded by tons of people that were a lot smarter than me in college. Overall, there is little bang for your buck here. I barely had enough money to get through the school year because they offered me zero scholarships and all of my loans went towards equipment and tuition. The equipment here is so limited in number that you'll be competing for it. An optometry degree is not worth the personal finance setback you'll be putting yourself in at this school.

  • Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is always 1 or 2 security officers on campus. They are constantly roaming the campus or watching the many many cameras that overlook the campus.

    Greek Life

    Currently, I'm in Omega Delta. We are a community service based fraternity that also dwells in the social activities. We love to take care of our own.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are about 20 clubs on campus ranging from Spanish club, Private Practice club, Honors clubs to even Spouse clubs (for students who are married.) You have many options open!

    Great for these types of students

    Well rounded students. If you love to memorize, draw diagrams, and apply that knowledge to real patients in clinic, you are going to do well here. Your hard work will pay off. Slackers have a hard time here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Vikram Girn created Purple Thursdays...so everyone wears purple shirts on Thursdays. haha.

    Bang for the buck

    School is expensive. Expect to be in debt around $200,000 by the time you graduate. But it is worth it? It's going to depend on what you want to do with your career. The possibilities are endless.

    What to do for fun

    Personally, I love to go cycling with the local teams. Others may choose to go to Downtown Fullerton to get some food and drinks and dance the night away.

    Food and Dining

    Fullerton has all the kinds of food you need. From fast food to sit down, you have everything at your fingertips. Mexican, American, Mediterranean, Japanese, and so much more. Don't forget that LA is only about 30-40 minutes away!

    Dorm Life

    Most of the students have their own housing in Fullerton, CA. There are no dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    This is an intensive place to study. There are one or two exams every week, even if you have clinical hours to fulfill. Stay on top of your material, and you will do fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check out SCCOs videos on their website and on youtube. It will tell you a lot about the faculty and the campus here. If you can get in contact with current SCCO students, they will help you go to know the school a little better.

    In three sentences

    SCCO is known to be one of the best schools for Optometry. It develops well rounded students who are knowledgeable in class and clinic, and students who have good chair side manner in the exam room.

  • Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    lots! scco has a lot of student run events such as the annual talent show and basketball tournament. there are also academic frats on campus who hold many fun events.

    Food and Dining

    only vending machines available and snacks in the student store. fridges available to store your lunch and microwaves to warm it up.

    Dorm Life

    no dorms available but there is student housing withing walking distance.

    Tips for prospective students

    scco can be a lot of fun, but be ready to study and learn a lot.

    In three sentences

    scco is an amazing school. everyone is very welcoming and willing to help you out. scco really prepares you for being a great doctor!