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There are 23 colleges and schools of optometry in the United States, including Puerto Rico. Choosing the school that is right for you may be challenging, so we encourage applicants to investigate their options and apply to more than one school. The website for the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry offers information that can help answer questions about each school, as well as link you to each school's website.
All 23 schools and colleges of optometry report statistics to ASCO each year about their entering class. Although a private school, Southern College of Optometry consistently remains competitive in cost of attendance, as well as maintaining a high academic standard for admissions.
The cost of attending optometry school does not end with payment of tuition. Although our tuition is among the lowest of all optometry schools, the cost of living in Memphis is among the lowest in the country for cities with populations above 500,000. Those two factors are significant reasons why our students average approximately $120,000 in student indebtedness when they graduate.
Another statistic we are proud to report is that SCO graduates have maintained a 0% default rate on student loans for the past 22 years. This reveals that SCO graduates are successfully transitioning into optometric practice.
SCO is also very proud of our success in preparing students for the academic and clinical challenges of optometry, which is illustrated by our students consistently achieve above the national average in board passage rates.
With many important factors to consider when applying to optometry school, we invite you to contact us with any questions you may have about SCO.