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application process timeline survey

Discussion in 'Optometry' started by r_salis, Apr 6, 2002.

  1. r_salis

    r_salis SDN Supa-Mod Emmetrope Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Feb 7, 2002
    In a dark room
    I was wondering if this forum's esteemed optometry students and recent opt school acceptees would post the sequence of dates in which they:

    1) applied to their school
    2) were granted an interview date
    3) had their interview
    4) received an acceptance

    I'm applying this fall, and I'm getting curious about the timeline to expect. Hopefully I'll make it all the way through steps 1-4!. (I apologize if this has been a topic here before, I glanced through the previous posts and couldn't find anything like this.)
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  3. cpw

    cpw It's a boy !!! Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Apr 25, 2001
    I applied in September and October. Took the OAT in I think October (the Fall adminstration). I didn't get called for any interviews until my OAT scores got in. (late December) I applied to Berkeley, SCCO, and UHCO. I got interviews at all three starting in early january through mid-February. (had to schedule out different weekend to fly to the different schools.. hence the six week spread) I was also working a full time job and working around exam schedules with my night classes (Post-bacc requirements)

    I got my SCCO acceptance two weeks after my interview.

    Berkeley took forever!! and they said "no thank you" (but not that nicely)

    UHCO took about a month after my February interview.

    By this time last year I had put down deposits and made arrangements to start moving to Texas. (gong home for me) Hope this helps.. and if you have questions feel free to ask away!!
  4. Optometry

    Optometry Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Nov 5, 2001
    I sent in my applications as soon as the schools started accepting them (July-August). I took the OAT in February, so the schools already had my scores. That helped speed along the process. I was granted interviews in September. I went to 6 interviews ranging between Oct 1-Nov. 10th. Some of the schools called me a couple of days after the interview, some waited a week or so, and one waited a month.
  5. hema1013

    hema1013 Member 7+ Year Member

    May 3, 2001
    Houston, TX
    I don't know if I qualify as an "esteemed optometry student," maybe just an average one.

    *Took OAT Feb. 2000
    *Received OAT scores April 2000 average score (definitely take the courses they recommend before taking the OAT, anatomy, physiology, biochem....)
    *Reapplied for OAT test (took classes listed above. also, as a side note, if your school has quantitative analysis, an upperlevel chem course, I recommend it. It'll be difficult, but will help you ace the inorganic chem part. Also, when I took it, the class covered spectrometry big time, and I feel that it was a good background for the vision science courses we take)
    *Applied to UHCO Aug. 15 2000 (started collecting letters of reference from profs and volunteering at a local opto office since January)
    *Retook OAT October 2000 (a nice birthday present?)
    *Received OAT scores December 13, 2000
    *Granted an interview December 14, 2000
    *Interviewed Jan 20, 2001
    *Waiting and wondering :( :confused:
    *Received acceptance letter March 16, 2001 <img border="0" alt="[Wowie]" title="" src="graemlins/wowie.gif" />
    *Financial Aid offer July 20, 2001

    There are a lot of gaps that don't seem like a big deal on paper, but in real life, three weeks seemed like an eternity. I only applied to the one school which is probably not a good idea. However, in the end, I think that everyone has a favorite school that they hold out for, and Houston is mine.

  6. mpp

    mpp SDN Moderator Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Jan 17, 2001
    Portland, OR
    Began shadowing optometrists in May
    Applied in August (SUNY, Berkeley, Pacific)
    First interview (SUNY) mid-October
    Took October OAT
    Accepted (SUNY) December
    Second Interview (Pacific U) early January
    Accepted (Pacific U)immediately after interview
    Third Interview (Berkeley) February - declined interview
  7. christie

    christie Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 13, 2001
    -Applied in August/September 2001
    -Granted interviews between October-December 2001
    -Interviewed in October, November,& December 2001
    -Received acceptances in November 2001, March 2002

    I am so happy this long admissions process is finally over. :)
  8. cpw

    cpw It's a boy !!! Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Apr 25, 2001
    I got the 1000th post!! Yippee!!!! <img border="0" alt="[Clappy]" title="" src="graemlins/clappy.gif" /> <img border="0" alt="[Clappy]" title="" src="graemlins/clappy.gif" /> Thanks for helping us make it this far guys!!! :D
  9. Simisn

    Simisn 7+ Year Member

    Jun 14, 2001
    So if I wanted to start optometry school, right after my senior year of undergrad, would applying and taking the OAT in the fall semester of my senior year be good enough?
  10. mpp

    mpp SDN Moderator Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Jan 17, 2001
    Portland, OR
    I think that October of your senior year is the ideal time as long as you've already completed Organic Chemistry, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. If if have not completed these courses, you might want to wait until the February test. Even though you might not have completed all the requirements by then, you would at least have been exposed to them for one full semester.

    You can send in your applications prior to taking the OAT. I was even offered an interview (SUNY) prior to taking the OAT and then was accepted once the scores were released a few months later.
  11. cpw

    cpw It's a boy !!! Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Apr 25, 2001
    Be careful of taking the February OAT though if you want to start right after undergrad. MANY schools have deadlines for complete apps of Feb 1st or March 1st (which means they won't have your score in time if you wait until February to take it) Some schools have posted that you HAVE TO take the Fall administration of the OAT if you want to be accepted for the next year. If you want room to take it again take is in Feb. of your Junior year (if you've taken all the classes: physics, organic, chem, and bio) You don't need physio or biochem for the OAT. Then you have room to retake in Fall of your senior year if you need to!!
    Good luck!!

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