Marshall B. Ketchum University Graduate Program Reviews

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(3.7 out of 5.0)
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  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Campus Setting: Suburb: Large
  • Student Population: 544
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: ---
  • Annual Tuition: $34,812
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2.8 out of 5.0
Degree: Optical/Optometric Assistant
Graduation Year: 2021

Im a current second year and I cant recommend this school to anyone. Im a strong student (3.6 GPA), and this review is not written out of anger/spite of bad grades. To begin with, this school is ridiculously expensive and the salary is not worth it. Scholarships are scarce, grants are not available, and everything is out of pocket. Today, our library is under construction 3 days a week, and we cannot study before exams there. Our student lounge is under construction and cannot be accessed. The WiFi and basic library technology is poor and slow. The 1st -3rd years all have to share practice equipment. There are probably only 30 practice stations in total on campus. This is not enough for the 300 students that are in classes that utilize this equipment. And the practice equipment is old and worn down. For example, the slit lamps are not well lubricated and are dificult to move during examination. The manual phoropters get lenses stuck frequently and are missing forehead rests. The textbooks/class manuals are embarrassingly uinformative and will not be read post graduation. The reason why people enroll so eagerly is because the school has an incredible orientation/recruitment team that makes interviews and applications seem exciting and wonderful. But once youre enrolled, you realize how much of a rip off youre getting. Please. Spend the hundreds of thousands of dollars your taking out somewhere else. If I prevent one person from enrolling here, I will feel accomplished.
2.58 out of 5.0
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2020

The pros are you get a wonderful education. The cons are you end the program in major debt
4.67 out of 5.0
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2018

Some of the pros Optometry graduate program at Southern California College of Optometry (SCCO) at Marshall B. Ketchum University are the following: -highly organized, carefully thought out, clinical-based curriculum -highly qualified faculty who show great care toward student learning outcomes and clinical proficiency -excellent tutoring services Some of the cons at SCCO are: -at times the workload is very heavy as a result of not being well distributed throughout the quarters and the summer -the instruments for practicing at pre-labs are sometimes not enough for all students.
3.25 out of 5.0
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2018

The school is one of the top schools for optometry and will definitely get you well prepared for the field. There is a strong sense of family in the class and classmates often help each other during studying. There is no competitiveness to ruin another classmate. The cost of the program is rather expensive compared to the estimated salary after graduation. There is not enough financial aid to help students compared to when in undergraduate studies. Workload for the school is definitely high but professors are very accessible and always have doors open to help.
4.83 out of 5.0
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2014

Pros: -It has the reputation of creating well-rounded students. -Boards passing rate is very high compared to other schools. -Faculty support is awesome. -Wifi access has improved dramatically over the last 2 years. -Very close to a lot of restaurants. -Plenty of access to diverse patients. -They are very organized for rotation site picks. Cons: - The holiday schedule is much different from other schools. -The campus is not open 24 hours (except for finals week).
4.67 out of 5.0
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2016

I am a first year at SCCO and I absoultely love everything about the program. It is very tough but so far I have no real complaints about my school.
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