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Discussion in 'Pre-Optometry' started by Cheeseball, Aug 1, 2011.

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  1. withinvision

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    I called the director of admissions - Dr. Jane Ann Munroe and she told me herself.
    She did mention it was likely people would change their minds and more spots would open up in the process but I didn't feel like spending upwards of $500+ on a maybe for a waitlist
  2. jdom29

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    Date OptomCAS was mailed: 12/13
    Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): SUNY, SCO, ICO, PCO, NOVA
    Date Interview Scheduled: NOVA (1/27), ICO (1/30), SCO (2/3), PCO (2/8)
    Accepted (indicate school attending): NOVA, ICO, SCO, PCO. Can't decide between SCO or ICO (leaning more towards SCO though)

    OAT (AA, TS) - 330 AA/ 340 TS
    GPA(Overall, Science) 3.11 overall gpa

    Extracurricular: 50+ shadowing hours in 3 different modes of practice, organized a youth group, participated in alternative spring break outreach, and rocked my interview.

    I had a bad freshman year, however, I worked really hard to improve my GPA and showed my strengths in 300-level science courses.
  3. kdubwhit

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    Midwestern was my number 1 choice based on location and friends in the area. I didn't want to spend the money to travel to SCO and SCCO when i wasn't dying to go there. they were more just back up schools. I've heard great things about them, except now that SCCO is full and you'd be on a waiting list, and SCO is in downtown memphis which isn't the most friendly atmosphere and far away from most of my family on the west coast. Midwestern has a TON of brand new stuff, and still bringing in new equipment. Yes, the teachers are new and younger/inexperienced, but they are just as invested in your success as you are because they want to establish a good reputation.

  4. thewaytogo

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    Hi,

    So how many schools do people apply to on average? I only see the schools where people got 'invitations for interview' - but that doesn't reflect how many schools they actually applied to...

    Thanks!
  5. njankowski

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    Date OptomCAS was mailed: 09/18 (Finished my supplemental and OAT on 1/3/12)
    Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): Pacific (only one I applied to)
    Date Interview Scheduled: 2/10
    Accepted (indicate school attending): Pacific

    OAT (AA, TS) - 340TTS, 320AA
    GPA(Overall, Science) - 3.6 Overall, 3.3 Science

    Extracurricular: 60 Hours shadowing in four clinics, worked for my dad as an optometrist, I play music, love outdoors, volunteer a lot, used to do boy scouts, 3 sport athlete in high school

    How many Pacific people?! I just got my phone call from Andrea yesterday!
  6. thecgrblue

    thecgrblue Enjoyin' the journey

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    Just gave up my seat at Pacific. It was hard, totally LOVE the city and the people. Anyone would be lucky to be there. Hopefully one of you get to snag it!
  7. Banhands

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    Date OptomCAS was mailed: 10/11/2011
    Interview Invitation Extended for: NOVA, PCO, NECO
    Date Interview Scheduled: NOVA (12/9/2011), PCO (1/13/2012), NECO (Cancelled)
    Accepted to: NOVA (12/13/2011), PCO (1/19/2012)
    Attending: NOVA :)

    OAT (AA, TS): 340, 340
    GPA: 3.2, 3.1

    Extracurricular: A ton of hours shadowing and working in two Optometrist offices, Hospital volunteer work, involved in the Pre-Optometry Club at my university, volunteered in a research lab for 2 years, involved in intramural ice hockey, ball hockey and basketball throughout university, etc.

    Congratulations to everyone! Looking forward to meeting those attending NOVA :)
  8. nickg14

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    Date OptomCAS was mailed: 12/5
    Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): UC Berkeley (the only one I applied to)
    Date Interview Scheduled: 2/4
    Accepted (indicate school attending): UC Berkeley

    OAT (AA, TS): 330, 320
    GPA(Overall, Science): 3.50, 3.51

    Extracurricular: Shadowed clinical and private practice, Optometry club president, research lab, sports, a lot of club activities
  9. optoapp2012

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    Date OptomCAS was mailed: 10/13/2011
    Interview Invitation Extended for: UHCO, SCO, SCCO, Indiana, UC Berkeley
    Date Interview Scheduled: UHCO (10/21), SCO (10/28), SCCO (11/18), Indiana (cancelled), UC Berkeley (2/4)
    Accepted to: UHCO (10/21), SCO (11/3), SCCO (11/18), UC Berkeley (3/2)
    Attending: UC Berkeley (Go Bears!)

    OAT (AA, TS): 380, 390
    GPA: 3.7

    Extracurriculars: shadowing several docs, very active member of pre-optometry club, VP in sorority, Teach For America, Spanish (Does this count in this category? I lived in Mexico for 2 years and used this a lot in my essay), started working in optometry office (right before my last interview)

    Other: I was a social science major and went back to school for my pre-req's after working for a couple years. Just a shout out to anyone who's not a bio major :) It's possible!
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  10. Superblyme

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    Date OptomCAS was mailed: Early December 2011
    Applied: UAB, UHCO, SCO
    Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): UAB, SCO (I was accepted to UHCO without an interview)
    Accepted (indicate school attending): UAB, UHCO, attending SCO

    OAT (AA, TS) - 370, 390
    GPA (Overall, Science) - 3.9, 3.8

    Extracurricular: I'm in a lot of random clubs, and I had about 70 hours of shadowing experiences with optometrists, opticians, and ophthalmologists.
  11. aspiringopto89

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    I was totally impressed by Western's facilities. Definitely became my top choice after the interview.
  12. UCIspopbot

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    Date OptomCAS was mailed: Jan 2012
    Applied: SCCO, NECO, ICO, NOVA, Western
    Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): NECO, ICO, NOVA, Western (turned down NOVA)
    Accepted (indicate school attending): NECO, Western, and just had my interview at ICO so hopefully I'll know by next week

    OAT (AA, TS) - 330, 330
    GPA (Overall, Science) - 2.92, 2.76

    Extracurricular: Full-time Optician since March 2011, shadowed 3 different types of settings in optometry, 500+ hours of community service in undergrad (not health related), cabinet positions held in multiple student organizations.

    I know my GPA is hella low but do I have a chance at ICO? At this point it's definitely my first choice. I think I did fairly well on the interview but I got absolutely GRILLED for my low gpa. Kept my composure and answered to the best of my ability since I pretty much expected it was coming
  13. Shnurek

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    Depends..are you an URM?
  14. UCIspopbot

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    Yes I am but I don't like taking advantage of it at all. I only put it on OptomCas and never brought it up in interviews.
  15. twelvesixteen

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    Date OptomCAS was mailed: November 2011
    Applied: Berkeley, SCCO, NECO, Western, Pacific, Midwestern
    Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): Berkeley, SCCO, NECO, Western, Pacific (turned down), Midwestern (turned down)
    Accepted (indicate school attending): Berkeley, SCCO, NECO, Western

    Undecided as to where I am going but as of now it looks like 45/45/10 Berkeley/SCCO/NECO.

    OAT (AA, TS) - 350, 330
    GPA (Overall, Science) - 3.68, 3.40

    Extracurricular: Worked one year as an opt tech, competitive pianist and table tennis player, dance 12-15 hours a week, volunteer as an RA in a psychology lab and as a badminton coach
  16. darcyohara

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    Date OptomCAS was mailed: October 2011
    Applied: Pacific, UCBSO, SCCO, Western, ICO, Midwestern
    Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): UCBSO (Feb), Pacific (Nov), Western (cancelled)
    Accepted (indicate school attending): UCBSO (attending), Pacific (Nov)

    OAT: AA 340 TS 360
    GPA: 2.92

    Extracurricular: 5 yrs. working in a private practice, tutoring, shadowed 3 optometrists, rocked the interviews. Overall, very surprised I got into Pacific and UCBSO.
  17. Shnurek

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    That's all you need to do. You'll get in. By not taking advantage of it you would have declined to answer.


    lol, URM? haha I'll stop.
  18. janedoe88

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    If you're in-state, go to Berkeley for the HUGE amount of money you would save!
    If you're out of state, go to Berkeley for the esteemed reputation.
  19. kokobeans

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    Ironically Berkeley and SCCO are similarly priced in tuition now
  20. janedoe88

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    Hmm I just looked it up, $29,658 at Berkeley and SCCO is $30,615 (I had no idea Berk had gone up that much!). While living in SoCal is nice, I would still attend Berkeley based off the reputation and the campus.
  21. optoapp2012

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    I think Berkeley gives a lot more in aid (a few thousand), whereas SCCO doesn't give out much aid. Buuut...cost of living is lower around SCCO and most students live within a mile of campus. Factoring in cost of living, SCCO is probably cheaper. San Francisco Bay is prettier though :)
  22. OATAcer

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    What is URM?

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  23. Obadaden

    Obadaden Inquiring Mind

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    underrepresented minority
  24. OATAcer

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    What's the benefit of listing it on optomcas?

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  25. Shnurek

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  26. OATAcer

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  27. UCIspopbot

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    **Update** Got accepted to ICO and will most likely be attending in the fall.
  28. seethroughoptic

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    Congrats! Gonna be my classmate.
  29. Cheeseball

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  30. opt90

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    I was invited to IUSO's admissions day on April 13 and was wondering if anyone knows what the day really entails! While reading other posts I gathered that the day was pretty informal but want a little more information on it!
  31. swtster

    swtster ICO, Class of 2016

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    Mine too :)
  32. mochacoconut

    mochacoconut

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    Date OptomCAS was mailed: October 2011
    Applied: UHCO, UIW
    Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): UHCO, UIW
    Accepted (indicate school attending): UHCO (attending), UIW

    OAT (AA, TS) - 310, 300
    GPA (Overall, Science) - 3.42, 3.33

    Extracurricular: shadowing, worked as an optician, worked as an assistant in different optometry settings
  33. Optomchick

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  34. Preoptometry222

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    Hi I was wondering why it took so long to get an acceptance... I'm trying to get into western too but I haven't heard from them.
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  35. Optomchick

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    I suggest calling Briana Sanders : (909) 469-5231 and asking what the status of your application is. Gook luck! PM me if you have any other questions about Western :)
  36. member1990

    member1990

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    Date OptomCAS was mailed: 02/09/2012
    Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): PCO, NECO, Western, MCPHS
    Date Interview Scheduled: PCO-03/01/2012, NECO-04/13/2012, Western-Cancelled, MCPHS-cancelled
    Accepted (indicate school attending): PCO-wait listed, attending NECO

    OAT (AA, TS) 310, 310
    GPA(Overall, Science) 3.4
  37. joannav

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    Is anybody planning to decline their seat at Pacific?
  38. owlegrad

    owlegrad Uncontrollable Sarcasm Machine Staff Member Administrator SDN Senior Moderator

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    My apologies, I edited the quoted portion of your post, hope you don't mind. ;)

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