Feb 20, 2013
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16
Status
Pre-Optometry
I figure now is as good a time as any to start this thread since a few people have been interviewed and accepted to schools already. Same template as before:

Date OptomCAS was mailed:
Interview Invitation Extended for (school name):
Date Interview Scheduled:
Accepted (indicate school attending):
Bachelor's Degree:
OAT (AA, TS):
GPA(Overall, Science):

Extracurriculars:
 
Sep 29, 2014
1
0
Status
Pre-Optometry
Date OptomCAS was mailed/verified: 8/07/14
Interview Invitation Extended: 8/27/14 (PCO)
Date Interview Scheduled: 9/10/14
Accepted: 9/23/14 :soexcited:
Bachelor's Degree: Psychology, biology minor
OAT: 310 AA, 300 TS
GPA: 3.5, 3.4 science

Extracurriculars: shadowed 2 optometrists for about 30 hours, worked for one of them for 100+ hours, president of pre-optometry club, pre-professional health honors society.

Best of luck to everyone applying/interviewing!
 
May 7, 2013
20
4
Status
Pre-Optometry
Date OptomCAS was mailed: 07/14/14 Verified on 08/06/14
Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): IUSO 08/25/14, ICO 09/08/14
Date Interview Scheduled: IUSO 09/12/14, ICO 09/25/14 (Cancelled)
Accepted (indicate school attending): IUSO
Bachelor's Degree: Kinesiology
OAT (AA, TS): 310, 300
GPA(Overall, Science): 3.5, 3.3

Extracurriculars: I have worked as a Certified Paraoptometric for 4 years and also teach ballet a few times a week. Shadowed 4 optometrists for about 40 hours. President of pre-optometry club. Volunteered with the Salvation Army Clinic, Lions Club, and Special Olympics.
 
Jul 2, 2014
19
1
Georgia
Status
Pre-Optometry
Date OptomCAS was mailed: 8/16/2014 Verified on 8/21/2014
Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): UAB 8/26/2014, SCO 9/2/2014
Date Interview Scheduled: UAB 9/26/2014, SCO 9/19/2014
Accepted (indicate school attending): UAB, SCO (attending!)
Bachelor's Degree: Pre-Professional Biology
OAT (AA, TS): 330, 330
GPA(Overall, Science): 3.54, 3.49

Extracurriculars: Shadowed 4 different optometrist practices for about 40 hours. Member of professional sorority (treasurer for one year), STEM club, FFA (parliamentarian for one year), founding member of Tri-Beta biological honor society, tutored math and science, many many volunteer hours, undergrad research internship during a summer, worked in research setting at a graduate school for 2 years.
 
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Oct 1, 2014
1
0
Status
Pre-Optometry, Optometry Student, Optometrist
Date OptomCAS was mailed: 8/12
Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): UAB, SCO, PCO
Date Interview Scheduled: UAB 9/13, SCO 9/15, PCO 9/26 (cancelled)
Accepted (indicate school attending): UAB & SCO (can't decide :/ )
Bachelor's Degree: Major-Biology. Minors- Chem & Math
OAT (AA, TS): 360, 360
GPA(Overall, Science): 4.0, 4.0

Extracurriculars: Executive Board of my sorority for 2 years, Secretary of the American Medical Student Association, Biology Club, Tri-Beta Biological Honors Society, Autism U Club, about 250 hour internship with an optometric practice and shadowing at many offices.
Volunteer work at a National Autism Conference for about 10 years and the Special Olympics Vision Tent.
 
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Feb 20, 2013
69
16
Status
Pre-Optometry
Date OptomCAS was mailed: 8/14
Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): WesternU, PUCO
Date Interview Scheduled: PUCO 9/19, WesternU 9/26
Accepted (indicate school attending): WesternU, PUCO (Attending)
Bachelor's Degree: Microbiology w/ Chemistry Minor
OAT (AA, TS): 370, 390
GPA(Overall, Science): 3.6, 3.6

Extracurriculars: Optometry Club & various other clubs, volunteered at 8 vision screenings, organized 1 vision screening, other volunteer stuff... 40 hours of shadowing/interning. I worked as a group tutor for 2 years and I also worked in the chemistry stockroom at my school.
 
Apr 27, 2013
67
6
Status
Pre-Optometry
Date OptomCAS was mailed: 7/22
Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): SCO, Nova, UAB, Arizona, Incarnate, IUSO
Date Interview Scheduled: 9/15 SCO 9/19 Nova
Accepted (indicate school attending): SCO and Nova, can't decide between the two
Bachelor's Degree: Biology w/ Anthropology Minor
OAT (AA, TS): 360, 360
GPA(Overall, Science): 3.56, 3.3

Extracurriculars: 150 hours shadowing and volunteering at 3 different optometry practices, VA Eye Clinic Internship, Indian Student Association, Alpha Epsilon Delta, Freshmen Leadership Experience, volunteered in various departments at a hospital for 2 years, volunteered and tutored pre-k students
 
Oct 5, 2014
2
1
Status
Pre-Optometry
Date OptomCAS was mailed: early August
Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): OSU, IUSO, ICO, MCO, PCO, SCCO, NECO
Date Interview Scheduled: IUSO (9/12), PCO (9/19), OSU (9/26), declined/cancelled others
Accepted (indicate school attending): IUSO, PCO, OSU (most likely attending OSU)
Bachelor's Degree: Life Sciences
OAT (AA, TS): 370, 380
GPA(Overall, Science): 3.3, 3.1

Extracurriculars: optometric service trip, shadowed three doctors, student government, leader/initiator of student STEM group on campus, intramural sports, among others
 
Aug 26, 2014
13
2
Status
Pre-Optometry
Date OptomCAS was mailed: 8/24/14
Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): PCO, SCO, NOVA, IUSO, UMSL
Date Interview Scheduled: PCO (9/16), SCO (9/26), NOVA (10/24 cancelled), UMSL (11/3 cancelled), IUSO (11/7 cancelled)
Accepted (indicate school attending): PCO, SCO (will be attending!)
Bachelor's Degree: Biochemistry
OAT (AA, TS): 320, 330
GPA(Overall, Science): 3.83, 3.78

Extracurriculars: dietary clerk at a hospital 25+ hrs/wk, photography business, shadowed two optometrists 80+ hours
 
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Jul 31, 2014
11
8
New York
Status
Pre-Optometry
Date OptomCAS was mailed: 8/18
Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): SUNY 8/20 PCO 8/22
Date Interview Scheduled: SUNY 9/22 PCO 10/15 (cancelled)
Accepted (indicate school attending): SUNY
Bachelor's Degree: BS Psychology from Stony Brook University
OAT (AA, TS): AA 360/ TS 360
GPA(Overall, Science): 3.55/3.4

Extracurriculars: Founder & President of Pre Optometry Club, few other volunteering organizations, shadowed 3 optometrists of different specialities 1 day each, recently started working as an ophthalmic technician
 
Oct 14, 2014
1
1
Status
Pre-Optometry
Date OptomCAS was mailed: 08/3/14
Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): SUNY, NOVA, PCO, ICO, NECO, MCPHS
Date Interview Schedules: NOVA 9/12, SUNY 9/17, ICO 10/2, PCO 9/25 (cancelled), MCPHS (cancelled), NECO
Accepted (indicate school attending): NOVA and ICO (will be attending ICO)
Bachelor's Degree: BS Biology from Providence College
OAT (AA, TS): AA 310, TS 310
GPA (Overall, Science): 3.54/3.4

Extracurriculars: Shadowed at Optometry private practice, shadowed at Veteran Affairs Optometry Clinic, ISL Optometry program (volunteer checking eyes in Panama), member of the Dance Team, member of the multicultural events planning club, Help Desk work study job
 
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Oct 7, 2014
8
0
Status
Pre-Optometry
Date OptomCAS was mailed: 07/18/14
Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): SCCO, NOVA, PCO, Western, AZCOPT
Date Interview Schedules: NOVA (cancelled), SCCO 10/04, PCO (cancelled), Western (cancelled), AZCOPT 10/13
Accepted (indicate school attending): SCCO, AZCOPT (attending)
Bachelor's Degree: BS Biology
OAT (AA, TS): AA 320, TS 320
GPA (Overall, Science): 3.61

Extracurriculars: Shadowed three different optometrists, worked for optometrist, shadowed at cataract institute, worked in pharmacy, pre-health club, lots of community service in hometown with kids, worked throughout undergrad
 
Oct 16, 2014
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Date OptomCAS was mailed: 08/3/14
Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): SUNY, NOVA, PCO, ICO, NECO, MCPHS
Date Interview Schedules: NOVA 9/12, SUNY 9/17, ICO 10/2, PCO 9/25 (cancelled), MCPHS (cancelled), NECO
Accepted (indicate school attending): NOVA and ICO (will be attending ICO)
Bachelor's Degree: BS Biology from Providence College
OAT (AA, TS): AA 310, TS 310
GPA (Overall, Science): 3.54/3.4

Extracurriculars: Shadowed at Optometry private practice, shadowed at Veteran Affairs Optometry Clinic, ISL Optometry program (volunteer checking eyes in Panama), member of the Dance Team, member of the multicultural events planning club, Help Desk work study job

Hello! Congratulations on your acceptances! I just wanted to ask if NECO took a while to get back to you because it's been a month and I haven't heard anything from them yet. I'm so nervous!

Thank you so much!
 
Jul 2, 2014
19
1
Georgia
Status
Pre-Optometry
Date OptomCAS was mailed:8/26/2014
Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): UAB, NOVA, NECO, ICO, PCO
Date Interview Scheduled: UAB 9/26/2014, NOVA 10/01/2014, (cancelled others)
Accepted (indicate school attending): UAB, NOVA (plan to attend)
Bachelor's Degree: Biomedical Sciences
OAT (AA, TS): 330, 320
GPA(Overall, Science): 3.9, 3.9

Extracurriculars: Biomedical Research, hospital volunteer, shadowed 2 optometry/ophthalmology offices (~80 hours)
We interviewed at UAB together! :)
 
Oct 21, 2014
1
0
NC
Status
Pre-Optometry
Date OptomCAS was mailed: 8/25/2014
Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): UAB, SCO, PCO, NECO, OSU
Date Interview Scheduled: UAB (9/13), SCO (10/3)
Accepted (indicate school attending): UAB (attending), SCO
Bachelor's Degree: B.S. Biology with Chemistry minor
OAT (AA, TS): 370, 370
GPA(Overall, Science): 3.4, 3.2
Extracurriculars:
Optometric technician, research assistant, copy editor, editor-in-chief, volunteer at hospital, volunteer at local elementary schools, Asian Students Association member
 
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Sep 17, 2014
5
1
Dayton, OH
Status
Pre-Optometry
Date OptomCAS was mailed: 8/20/14
Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): IUCO 9/5/12; ICO 9/9/14; OSU 9/16/14; SCO 9/25/14
Date Interview Scheduled: ICO 9/26/14; OSU 10/03/14; SCO 10/17/14; IUCO 11/07/14 (cancelled)
Accepted (indicate school attending): ICO 10/14/14 & SCO (attending) 10/21/14
Bachelor's Degree: B.S. Psychology 2012
OAT (AA, TS): 320, 320
GPA(Overall, Science): 3.22, 3.18
Extracurriculars: - Optometric Assistant for 3+ years, treasurer of pre-optometry club 3 years, volunteer for humane society & prevent blindness Ohio. Also have worked as a server at a restaurant for 7 years off and on.
 
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Sep 17, 2014
5
1
Dayton, OH
Status
Pre-Optometry
Date OptomCAS was mailed: 9/24/14
Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): PCO, SCO, NOVA, IUSO, UMSL
Date Interview Scheduled: PCO (9/16), SCO (9/26), NOVA (10/24 cancelled), UMSL (11/3 cancelled), IUSO (11/7 cancelled)
Accepted (indicate school attending): PCO, SCO (will be attending!)
Bachelor's Degree: Biochemistry
OAT (AA, TS): 320, 330
GPA(Overall, Science): 3.83, 3.78

Extracurriculars: dietary clerk at a hospital 25+ hrs/wk, photography business, shadowed two optometrists 80+ hours
I'll be attending SCO next year with you!!!
 

Mark2K8

7+ Year Member
Jul 27, 2010
91
19
New York City
Status
Optometry Student
Date OptomCAS was mailed: Mid July
Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): SUNY, MCPHS, Arizona, SCO, PCO
Date Interview Scheduled: SUNY (second week of September), SCO (first week of November)
Accepted (indicate school attending): SUNY
Bachelor's Degree: Biology
OAT (AA, TS): 350, 350
GPA(Overall, Science): 3.52, ~3.3ish
 
Aug 3, 2014
3
2
Status
Pre-Optometry
Date OptomCAS was mailed: Sept 16th
Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): SUNY, SCO, MCPHS, NECO
Date Interview Scheduled: SCO (10/20), SUNY (10/23), NECO (11/24), MCPHS (11/25)
Accepted (indicate school attending): SUNY (attending), SCO
Bachelor's Degree: Biology w/ a specialization in genetics & developmental biology
OAT (AA, TS): 370, 390
GPA(Overall, Science): 3.62, 3.67
Extracurriculars: Pre-Opt Society VP & Website Coordinator; Sorority; 40+ hours of shadowing; worked for an optometrist once a week this summer in NYC; tutor; volunteered in 2 hospitals over the summer
 
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Dec 20, 2013
21
1
Status
Pre-Dental
Date OptomCAS was mailed: 8/13/14
Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): NSUOK
Date Interview Scheduled: 10/13/14
Accepted (indicate school attending): 10/21/14 (NSUOK - Attending)
Bachelor's Degree: Biology
OAT (AA, TS): 340,340
GPA(Overall, Science): 3.83, 3.75

Extracurriculars: Worked as an optometry tech for 6 weeks (~240 hours total), Research Programs for two summers, Student Government President, Health Club Vice President one year, Health Club Treasurer one year, Biology Tutor, Lab assistant, Volunteering for different activities ~150 hours throughout college (including helping to fix up a rehab facility), Other misc. Student Activities that don't matter too much, and I am currently teaching special education science courses at a lower-income school (they really liked that so I thought I'd include it).
 
Jun 9, 2013
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2
Status
Date OptomCAS was mailed: 7/11/2014
Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): UHCO, UIWRSO
Date Interview Scheduled: 9/5 UHCO, 9/19 UIWRSO
Accepted (indicate school attending): UHCO :hardy:
Bachelor's Degree: Business Administration
OAT (AA, TS): 360, 370
GPA(Overall, Science): 3.8, 3.7

Extracurriculars: POPS
 
Jul 23, 2013
2
0
Status
Pre-Optometry
Date OptomCAS was mailed: 8/21
Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): SCO, UAB, SUNY, NECO (declined), NOVA (declined)
Date Interview Scheduled: SCO (9/8), SUNY (10/16), UAB (10/21)
Accepted (indicate school attending): SUNY, UAB, SCO (attending!)
Bachelor's Degree: B.A. Biological Sciences
OAT (AA, TS): 320,310
GPA(Overall, Science): 3.96

Extracurriculars: Executive Board for St. Jude Up Til Dawn event, Alpha Epsilon Delta Honor Society, Italian/Biology/Chemistry tutor, worked full time as Optometric technician for 3 months (560 hours), shadowed many optometrists
 
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Jul 23, 2013
2
0
Status
Pre-Optometry
Date OptomCAS was mailed: 8/12
Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): UAB, SCO, PCO
Date Interview Scheduled: UAB 9/13, SCO 9/15, PCO 9/26 (cancelled)
Accepted (indicate school attending): UAB & SCO (can't decide :/ )
Bachelor's Degree: Major-Biology. Minors- Chem & Math
OAT (AA, TS): 360, 360
GPA(Overall, Science): 4.0, 4.0

Extracurriculars: Executive Board of my sorority for 2 years, Secretary of the American Medical Student Association, Biology Club, Tri-Beta Biological Honors Society, Autism U Club, about 250 hour internship with an optometric practice and shadowing at many offices.
Volunteer work at a National Autism Conference for about 10 years and the Special Olympics Vision Tent.

Hey!

I was looking at the other posts and it seems like we are deciding between the same schools and are in a similar situation- do you have any idea how you're going to decide between SCO and UAB or what you're leaning more towards? I am having the hardest time deciding between the two and keep going back and forth haha so was just looking for input and trying to see what other people were thinking or how people in similar spots were going to decide
 
Sep 23, 2014
4
1
Status
Pre-Optometry
Date OptomCAS was mailed: 8/21
Interview Invitation extended for: SCO, ICO, UMSL, PCO
Date Interview Scheduled: SCO 9/22, UMSL 10/13, ICO 10/14, PCO 10/24 (cancelled)
Accepted: SCO, ICO, UMSL (Either attending SCO or ICO!)
Bachelor's Degree: Major = Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience
OAT (AA, TS): 350, 350
GPA (Overall, Prereq) 3.1, 3.24
Extracurriculars: Fraternity Member
 
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Jul 2, 2014
19
1
Georgia
Status
Pre-Optometry
Hey!

I was looking at the other posts and it seems like we are deciding between the same schools and are in a similar situation- do you have any idea how you're going to decide between SCO and UAB or what you're leaning more towards? I am having the hardest time deciding between the two and keep going back and forth haha so was just looking for input and trying to see what other people were thinking or how people in similar spots were going to decide
I was also in the same boat and just ended up choosing SCO this week! I think you really just have to go with your gut. You'll get the same degree at each school you just have to decide which one fits you best. It was a VERY hard decision for me as well.
 

ywang

2+ Year Member
Sep 2, 2014
18
2
Status
Pre-Optometry
Date OptomCAS was mailed: 07/31/14
Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): PCO, NECO, ICO, IUSO, SCCO, UCB
Date Interview Scheduled: PCO(9/24) NECO (9/26) ICO (9/30) IUSO (10/3 cancelled), SCCO (11/1), UCB(1/31)
Accepted (indicate school attending): PCO, NECO, ICO, SCCO, UCB(attending)
Bachelor's Degree: Physiological Science
OAT (AA, TS): 370, 390
GPA(Overall, Science): 3.2, 3.3

Extracurriculars: 150 hrs shadowing in Private Practice and hospital, research in retinal physiology, on campus volunteer organization Vice President, many community service experiences including domestic and international volunteering
 
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Nov 5, 2014
1
1
Pennsylvania
Date OptomCAS was mailed: 08/07/14
Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): SUNY, NOVA, SALUS, IUSO, UABSO
Date Interview Scheduled: SALUS 9/5, NOVA 9/11, SUNY 9/15, UABSO 9/23, IUSO 10/3
Accepted (indicate school attending): SALUS, NOVA, SUNY (attending), IUSO, UABSO
Bachelor's Degree: Chemistry
OAT (AA, TS): 330, 350
GPA(Overall, Science): 3.3, 3.0

Extracurriculars: undergraduate research (published), shadowed 4 different optometrists for 70+ hours (ocular disease/family practice, pediatric vision therapy, pre/post LASIK, retail), volunteer at fundraisers, community outreach programs, Ronald McDonald House and National Special Olympics with Opening Eyes program, tutor, teachers assistant.
 
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Aug 6, 2014
42
4
California
Status
Pre-Optometry
Date OptomCAS was mailed- end of August
Interview Invitation Extended for: SCCO, SCO, Houston, UMSL, ICO, Salus, NECO, NOVA
Date Interview Scheduled: SCCO 10/4, NECO 10/27, SCO 10/31, cancelled the other interviews
Accepted: SCCO (attending!!:soexcited:), SCO, NECO
Bachelor's Degree: Psychology
OAT (AA, TS)- 340, 330
GPA (Overall, Science): 3.97, 3.92

Extracurriculars: have worked in a private practice for the past 3 years, treasurer of school's pre-optometry club, various volunteer work
 
Oct 16, 2014
7
0
Date OptomCAS was mailed/verified: 9/19
Interview Invitation Extended: 10/07 (PCO) MCPHS 11/07 (cancelled)
Date Interview Scheduled: 10/22 (PCO)
Accepted: 10/30 PCO (attending)
Bachelor's Degree: Biology
OAT: 310 AA, 320 TS
GPA: 3.0, 3.0

Extracurriculars: Shadowed three optometrists, optometrist technician, studied abroad twice, published research, 7 extracurricular clubs, scholars program and so much more...


Good luck everyone!
 
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Jul 1, 2014
24
1
Chapel Hill, NC
Status
Pre-Optometry
Date OptomCAS was mailed/verified: 9/19
Interview Invitation Extended: 10/07 (PCO)
Date Interview Scheduled: 10/22 (PCO)
Accepted: 10/30 PCO (attending)
Bachelor's Degree: Biology
OAT: 310 AA, 320 TS
GPA: 3.0, 3.0

Extracurriculars: Shadowed three optometrists, optometrist technician, studied abroad twice, published research, 7 extracurricular clubs, scholars program and so much more...


Good luck everyone!
Hey! Your stats look pretty similar to mine and PCO is one of my top choices. I was just wondering where you went to undergrad, if you don't mind me asking?
 
Aug 29, 2014
7
1
Status
Pre-Optometry
Date OptomCAS was mailed/verified: 9/22
Interview Invitation Extended: Nova, SUNY, ICO, PCO , SCO, NECO, MCPHS
Date Interview Scheduled: Nova (11/4), SUNY (12/4)- cancelled
Accepted: 11/7 NOVA (attending)
Bachelor's Degree: Health science
OAT: 320 AA, 340 TS
GPA: 3.41, 3.19

Extracurriculars: fraternity officer for 3 years, multiple school clubs, shadowed 3 optometrists, father owns optical store, brother is in 3rd year of optometry school
 

kh93

2+ Year Member
Nov 6, 2014
65
23
Status
Optometry Student
Date OptomCAS was mailed: 8/8/14
Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): SCCO, RSO, SCO
Date Interview Scheduled: SCCO (October 4th), RSO (October 11th), SCO (cancelled)
Accepted (indicate school attending): SCCO (attending), RSO
Bachelor's Degree: Life Science
OAT (AA, TS): 310, 280 I did terrible, but somehow schools still wanted me, so there is hope for those of you struggling with the OAT!
GPA(Overall, Science): 3.5, 3.0

Extracurriculars:
I work in an optometrist office, lots of shadowing not just OD's but also MD's, sorority (officer positions), pre-optometry club, Big Sister, volunteering to adjust eye glasses at a nursing home, several honoraries, and some other random stuff!
 
Aug 13, 2014
6
0
Status
Pre-Optometry
Date OptomCAS was mailed: 8/8/14
Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): SCCO, RSO, SCO
Date Interview Scheduled: SCCO (October 4th), RSO (October 11th), SCO (cancelled)
Accepted (indicate school attending): SCCO (attending), RSO
Bachelor's Degree: Life Science
OAT (AA, TS): 310, 280 I did terrible, but somehow schools still wanted me, so there is hope for those of you struggling with the OAT!
GPA(Overall, Science): 3.5, 3.0

Extracurriculars:
I work in an optometrist office, lots of shadowing not just OD's but also MD's, sorority (officer positions), pre-optometry club, Big Sister, volunteering to adjust eye glasses at a nursing home, several honoraries, and some other random stuff!
Hey kh93, I have similar stats but was wondering if SCCO wanted you to take the OAT again since your TS is 280. Any info would be helpful!
 

kh93

2+ Year Member
Nov 6, 2014
65
23
Status
Optometry Student
Hey kh93, I have similar stats but was wondering if SCCO wanted you to take the OAT again since your TS is 280. Any info would be helpful!
They never said anything! I was offered an interview for the first date and they said I looked wonderful academically, so I don't think it was an issue! I also scored pretty high in QR and reading comprehension, so that might have helped?
 
Oct 3, 2014
5
7
Florida
Status
Optometry Student
Date OptomCAS was mailed: 8/20
Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): PCO, SUNY, NOVA, MCPHS, NECO, ICO
Date Interview Scheduled: PCO (9/9) SUNY (10/9) ICO (10/23)
Accepted (indicate school attending): PCO, SUNY, ICO (Attending! :) )
Bachelor's Degree: Biological Sciences
OAT (AA, TS): 320, 330
GPA(Overall, Science): 3.6, 3.7

Extracurriculars:
Treasurer of the Pre-Optometry Club, working as a technician in an optometrists office, conducted independent research project funded by an undergraduate fellowship & published, shadowed optometrists and an ophthalmologist, biology honor society.
 
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Aug 6, 2014
42
4
California
Status
Pre-Optometry
Date OptomCAS was mailed: 8/8/14
Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): SCCO, RSO, SCO
Date Interview Scheduled: SCCO (October 4th), RSO (October 11th), SCO (cancelled)
Accepted (indicate school attending): SCCO (attending), RSO
Bachelor's Degree: Life Science
OAT (AA, TS): 310, 280 I did terrible, but somehow schools still wanted me, so there is hope for those of you struggling with the OAT!
GPA(Overall, Science): 3.5, 3.0

Extracurriculars:
I work in an optometrist office, lots of shadowing not just OD's but also MD's, sorority (officer positions), pre-optometry club, Big Sister, volunteering to adjust eye glasses at a nursing home, several honoraries, and some other random stuff!
Woot, we are going to be classmates! Such a great school, super excited! :)
 

kh93

2+ Year Member
Nov 6, 2014
65
23
Status
Optometry Student
Woot, we are going to be classmates! Such a great school, super excited! :)
Ahh I'm so excited! Its a struggle to keep motivated now that I know where I'm going to school next year! Congratulations on getting accepted! I look forward to meeting you in the fall!
 
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Nov 11, 2014
15
10
Status
Pre-Optometry, Optometry Student
Date OptomCAS was mailed: 10/17
Interview Invitation Extended for: Nova
Date Interview Scheduled: 10/31
Accepted: 11/07- Nova (first choice; Attending)
I got a 290 TS and 300 AA for my OAT :confused:
Overall GPA is 3.3

Worked as an opt tech for 2 years at LensCrafters and I still am employed there, I am a certified paraoptometric assistant, volunteered at an eye clinic for 2 years in high school, very involved in my church and community outreach.

If I can do it, anyone can ;)
 
May 12, 2014
33
13
Status
Pre-Optometry
Date OptomCAS was mailed: 09/09/14
Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): SUNY, ICO, MCO, Indiana, NECO, PCO
Date Interview Scheduled: SUNY (10/27), MCO (11/3), NECO (10/31), PCO (10/28)
Accepted (indicate school attending): SUNY (attending!), MCO, NECO (maybe attendingo_O), PCO
Bachelor's Degree: H. Biochemistry
OAT (AA, TS): 380, 390
GPA(Overall, Science): 3.83

Extracurriculars: Job shadowing, worked as optometric assistant, hospital volunteering, pre-optometry club, tutored chemistry, YouTube channel

Good luck to those applying & interviewing

Hola for SUNY 2019! :zip:
 

1256eye

2+ Year Member
Nov 14, 2014
17
6
Status
Pre-Optometry
Date OptomCAS was mailed: 09/16/2014
Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): UHCO, SUNY, OSU
Date Interview Scheduled: UHCO (10/2014), OSU (10/2014), SUNY (11/2014)
Accepted (indicate school attending): UHCO, SUNY, OSU (Attending)
Bachelor's Degree: Biochemistry
OAT (AA, TS): 370, 390
GPA(Overall, Science): 3.96, 4.00

Extracurriculars : Full-time optometric tech for last year, executive board member of campus organizations, general and organic chemistry TA, science writing center tutor, wrote an honors research thesis, two undergraduate off-campus summer research experiences

Good luck everyone!:)
 
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Dordy

5+ Year Member
Jan 16, 2014
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21
Canada
Status
Optometry Student
Date OptomCAS was mailed: 08/16/2014
Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): SCO, ICO, NOVA, SCCO, WesternU, Ferris, PCO, St. Louis, etc..
Date Interview Scheduled: NOVA (9//2014 ) cancelled all others
Accepted (indicate school attending): NOVA first choice (Attending):love:
Bachelor's Degree: Honors Life Sciences
OAT (AA, TS): 340,340
GPA(Overall, Science): 3.4

Extracurriculars : Science committee, 300+ shadowing hours, worked in optometric office for 8+ years, pre optom club, cystic fibrosis fundraiser, etc..

Life is good.:)
 
Aug 31, 2014
17
3
Status
Pre-Optometry
Date OptomCAS was mailed: 08/30/2014
Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): PCO, Ferris, MCPHS, IUSO
Date Interview Scheduled: PCO (10/13), Ferris (10/30), MCPHS (11/3), IUSO (11/7)
Accepted (indicate school attending)PCO, MCPHS, IUSO (attending) [still waiting to hear from Ferris]
Bachelor's Degree: Biology
OAT (AA, TS): 320, 300
GPA(Overall, Science): 3.3, 2.9

Studied abroad in Spain, worked as an au pair for a month in Spain, pre-health professions club, semester-long shadow, spanish club
 
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Sep 16, 2014
9
9
Status
Optometry Student
Date OptomCAS was mailed: 11/9/14 verified 11/11/14
Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): UIWRSO contacted me 11/13/14
Date Interview Scheduled: UIWRSO (11/21/14)
Accepted (indicate school attending): UIWRSO, since it all happened so quick I haven't turned in any supplemental for other schools so I guess my optometry school application journey ended here
Bachelor's Degree: B.S in Nutrition
OAT (AA, TS): 300,300
GPA(Overall, Science): 3.4, 3.1
Extracurriculars: Current optometric tech/office manager for almost 4 years (2000+ hours), volunteered at cancer hospital, shadowed 3rd year students at UHCO OD/MED clinic through POPS

So I put my rather average if not on the lower side of the GPA/OAT scale grades to encourage any intimidated lurkers (I was one for years) that optometry school is achievable, don't let stats of strangers from the internet discourage you, you can do it !
 
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Oct 30, 2014
4
4
Status
Pre-Optometry
Date OptomCAS was mailed: Early - Mid August
Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): SCO, IUSO, PCO, UABSO, SUNY, ICO, NECO, UMSL, MCPHS
Date Interview Scheduled: SCO, IUSO. PCO, UABSO, SUNY, ICO, NECO, cancelled/declined UMSL and MCPHS
Accepted (indicate school attending): SCO, IUSO, PCO, UABSO, ICO, NECO, SUNY (attending!)
Bachelor's Degree: Biology
OAT (AA, TS): 350, 360
GPA (Overall, Science): (3.34, 3.14)

Good luck to everyone!!
 
Oct 30, 2014
49
16
Status
Optometry Student
Date OptomCAS was mailed: 9/24/14
Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): Nova, Midwestern, OSU
Date Interview Scheduled: 10/30/14 - Nova, 12/5/14 - OSU, 12/10/14 - Midwestern(cancelled)
Accepted (indicate school attending): Nova, OSU - Attending!!
Bachelor's Degree: Extension Education
OAT (AA, TS): 340, 340
GPA(Overall, Science): 3.4, 3.0

Extracurriculars:
Shadowed several optometrists, worked as an optometric tech for a year, preoptometry club, Eyes on Health club, optometric outreach trip, teaching RealEyes
 
Aug 20, 2014
4
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Status
Pre-Medical, Pre-Optometry
Date OptomCAS was mailed: 11/19/14
Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): WesternU, SCCO, NECO, ICO
Date Interview Scheduled: SCCO (12/06/14), WesternU (12/12/14), NECO (1/09/15)
Accepted (indicate school attending): SCCO - attending! :love: (cancelled all other interviews)
Bachelor's Degree: Kinesiology/Chemistry minor
OAT (AA, TS): 350, 370
GPA(Overall, Science): 3.66, 3.58

Extracurriculars:
Shadowed several optometrists (ophthalmology clinic, family practice, retail, pediatric/low vision clinic), assisted optometrists in a research study, worked as an optometric assistant, 100+ volunteerer hours at a children's hospital and at a blind children's learning center, chair of the pre-optometry committee, Pilipino cultural night board for 3 years, math/bio/chem tutor
 
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Emily Champion
Oct 16, 2014
11
5
27
Tennessee
Status
Pre-Optometry
Date OptomCAS was mailed: July 7, 2014
Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): ICO, Nova, UMSL, NECO
Date Interview Scheduled: ICO (Oct. 17), Nova (Nov. 17), UMSL (Nov. 24), NECO (declined interview)
Accepted (indicate school attending): ICO (attending!), Nova, and UMSL
Bachelor's Degree: Biology (Biochemistry, Cellular, & Molecular Biology concentration), Psychology minor
OAT (AA, TS): 310
GPA(Overall, Science): 3.2 overall, unsure of total science

Extracurriculars: Alpha Chi Omega sorority (held various positions throughout), Panhellenic Judicial Board, Order of Omega Honor Society, Sport 4 Peace Week Coordinating Committee, various volunteer work with Knoxville YWCA, Family Justice Center, and local Iraqi Refugees, two years experience working as a part-time optometric technician, and many hours of shadowing experience outside of work.
 
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Nov 19, 2014
1
0
Alabama
Status
Pre-Optometry
Date OptomCAS mailed: October 10, 2014
Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): NECO, ICO, UABSO, UHCO, SCO
Date Interview Scheduled: NECO (11/17), UABSO (12/5), UHCO (12/12), SCO (12/17), ICO (cancelled)
Accepted: NECO, UHCO, SCO, UABSO (attending)
Bachelor's Degree: BS Biology, Psychology and Chemistry minors
OAT: (AA, TS): 330, 340
GPA (Overall, Science): 3.88

Extracurriculars: exec board of sorority; 600 hours in a melanoma immunotherapy lab, shadowing in a private optometric practice, Phi Kappa Phi member, volunteered ~800 hours at local Boys and Girls Club
 
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Nov 5, 2014
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Status
Pre-Optometry
Date OptomCAS mailed: October 1, 2014
Interview Invitation Extended for (school name): Salus, NECO, UMSL, ICO
Date Interview Scheduled: Salus (Nov. 11), NECO (Nov. 17), UMSL (cancelled), ICO (Dec. 15)
Accepted (indicate school attending): Salus, NECO, ICO (attending!)
Bachelor's Degree: Biology
OAT (AA, TS): 320, 320
GPA(Overall, Science): 3.4 overall

Extracurriculars: volunteer tutoring ESL Immigrant students at my university in math/sciences, volunteered teaching English abroad in both Vietnam and Fiji, gonioscopy workshops for the Manitoba Association of Optometrists, Lets Talk Science presenter, volunteer note taker for disabled students, many hours shadowing 2 optometrists, work part time as a lifeguard for 4 years