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I haven’t seen a thread yet for this cycle, and I was curious what everyone’s status is so far. As with past threads, feel free to update your post as your application status progresses! Please use the following format:

Date OptomCAS submitted:
Date verified:
OAT Scores:
Major:
GPA:
Extracurricular Activities:
Schools applied:
Interviews extended/date:
Interviews accepted:
Interviews declined:
Rejections/date:
Acceptance/date:

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Date OptomCAS submitted: 7/6
Date verified: 7/12
OAT Scores: AA: 370 TS: 350
Major: Biology
GPA: C: 3.02 S: 2.87
Extracurricular Activities: Founder/President of religious club at university; member/president of pre-optometry society; 2-week medical outreach program in Guatemala; various jobs not related to optometry; 30 hours of shadowing; 4 months of full-time work as an optometric technician (current)
Schools applied: OSU, PUCO, SCCO, AZCOP
Interviews extended/date: SCCO: 7/21. PUCO: 9/12. AZCOP: 9/14.
Interviews accepted: SCCO: 9/23. AZCOP: 10/9. PUCO: 10/20
Interviews declined:
Rejections/date:
Acceptance/date:
SCCO: 9/25. AZCOP: 10/18

My GPA is pretty low, but I hope my OAT score will make up for it!

9/12 Update: got an interview invite from Pacific.

9/14: interview offer from Midwestern AZ

9/25: Accepted into SCCO!

10/18: Accepted into AZCOP!

10/26: Waitlisted with PUCO


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Date OptomCAS submitted: 7/6
Date verified: 7/12
OAT Scores: AA: 370 TS: 350
Major: Biology
GPA: C: 3.02 S: 2.87
Extracurricular Activities: Founder/President of religious club at university; member/president of pre-optometry society; 2-week medical outreach program in Guatemala; various jobs not related to optometry; 30 hours of shadowing; 4 months of full-time work as an optometric technician (current)
Schools applied: OSU, PUCO, SCCO, AZCOP
Interviews extended/date: SCCO: 9/23
Interviews accepted: SCCO
Interviews declined:
Rejections/date:
Acceptance/date:


My GPA is pretty low, but I hope my OAT score will make up for it!




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I'll see you on the 23 Stirling haha
 
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Date OptomCAS submitted: JULY 26
Date verified: JULY 28
OAT Scores: 360 TS 340 AA
Major: BIO
GPA: 3.77
Extracurricular Activities: cultural club, church music ministry, hospital volunteer, 90+ hours of shadowing/intern (optometry related only), music teacher, CHEM tutor
Schools applied: SCCO
Interviews extended/date: SCCO: 9 /23
Interviews accepted:
Interviews declined:
Rejections/date:
Acceptance/date:
SCCO 9/25
 
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Date OptomCAS submitted: 07/21/2017 (NOVA supplemental on 7/27/2017)
Date verified: 07/26/2017
OAT Scores: 330 AA, 320 TS
Major: Biology Minor: Chemistry
GPA: 3.582 Science GPA: ~3.4
Schools applied: PCO (Salus), NOVA, SCO, AZCOPT, UIWRSO
Interviews extended/date: SCO (7/26) AZCOPT (7/28) NOVA (8/2) PCO (8/9) UIWRSO (8/15)
Interviews accepted: NOVA (8/25) SCO (9/11)
Interviews declined: UIWRSO, AZCOPT, PCO
Rejections/date:
Acceptance/date:
NOVA (9/1) SCO (9/13) -- Going to Nova!!
 
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Date OptomCAS submitted: JULY 7TH
Date verified: JULY 12TH
OAT Scores: 300 AA, 310 TS
Major: Biology
GPA: 3.46
Extracurricular Activities: Undergraduate Research, UGA Pre-Optometry Club Secretary, Biology Peer Learning Assistant, Biology Teaching Assistant, 72 Hours of Shadowing, UGA 9th Grade Visit Tour Guide, Chick-fil-a Half Marathon Volunteer, UGA Science Olympiad Volunteer, Elementary School Science Fair Judge, UGA Snelling Dining Hall Employee.
Schools applied: UAB, SCO, NOVA, ICO, Midwestern-Chicago, MCPHS, Salus, Western U., UIW Rosenberg, and Northeastern State- Oklahoma.
Interviews extended/date: NOVA(07/26), UAB(07/31), ICO (08/01), Salus (08/09), Midwestern-Chicago (08/21), MCPHS (10/17), UIW Rosenberg (02/13/2018)
Interviews accepted: NOVA (08/14), ICO (08/21), UAB (09/08)
Interviews declined: Salus, Midwestern-Chicago, MCPHS, UIW Rosenberg
Rejections/date: NOVA (08/17/2017), SCO (03/28/2018, application denied)
Acceptance/date: ICO (9/11/2017), UAB (9/22/2017)


Attending UAB with merit scholarship
 
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Schools applied: UAB, SCO, NOVA, ICO, Midwestern-Chicago, MCPHS, Salus, Western U., UIW Rosenberg, and Northeastern State- Oklahoma.

That’s an expensive application lol. What are your top choices?


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That’s an expensive application lol. What are your top choices?


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Yea, it was quite expensive, but I am just hoping I get in somewhere. I would rather not spend the rest of my life as a high school teacher. LOL :) But my top 4 choices are UAB, SCO, NOVA, and ICO. My stats aren't bad, but they are nowhere near fantastic.
 

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Yea, it was quite expensive, but I am just hoping I get in somewhere. I would rather not spend the rest of my life as a high school teacher. LOL :) But my top 4 choices are UAB, SCO, NOVA, and ICO. My stats aren't bad, but they are nowhere near fantastic.

Science gpa?
 

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Date OptomCAS submitted: 7/23
Date verified: 7/26
OAT Scores: 320 AA, 290 TS
Major: Biomedical Science Minors: Chemistry/Marketing
GPA: 3.75 Science GPA: 3.72
Extracurricular Activities: worked as an optometric technician, had 50+ hours of shadowing, held multiple positions and was on the executive board member of fraternity, member of several honor societies and held positions, various other activities
Schools applied: ICO
Interviews extended/date: 8/7
Interviews accepted: 9/11
Interviews declined:
Rejections/date:
Acceptance/date:
9/21

I will be attending ICO
 
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Date OptomCAS submitted: 7/30
Date verified: 8/8
OAT Scores: 310 AA & TS
Major: Psychology
GPA: 3.4
Extracurricular Activities: od shadowing 40 hrs, multiple leadership positions in fraternity, various clubs and organizations, hospital volunteering 100+ hrs etc.
Schools applied: SCO, OSU, IUSO, PCO, ICO
Interviews extended/date: SCO (8/8) ICO (8/15), PCO (8/16), IUSO (9/26)
Interviews accepted: PCO (9/25), ICO (9/11), IUSO (10/20)
Interviews declined: SCO
Rejections/date:
Acceptance/date:
ICO (9/21), PCO (10/1), IUSO (10/27)

Attending IUSO!

For those waiting on IUSO, I waited about 50 days from the time my app verified to hear from them, don't stress if your stats are anything like mine.
 
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Submitted my application yesterday and got an interview. Why couldn't MD be this easy :/
 
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Date OptomCAS submitted: 7/18
Date verified: 7/20
OAT Scores: AA 370, TS 370
Major: Chemistry
GPA: 3.65
Extracurricular Activities: Research, organic chem TA, various volunteering and organizations, ~60 hours shadowing
Schools applied: UHCO, SCO, UMSL
Interviews extended/date: UHCO (7/25), SCO (7/21), UMSL (7/26)
Interviews accepted: UHCO (9/11), SCO (8/14)
Interviews declined: UMSL
Rejections/date:
Acceptance/date:
SCO (8/15), UHCO (9/12)

Going to UHCO!!
 
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Date OptomCAS submitted: 7/11
Date verified: 7/19
OAT Scores: AA 390 TS 400
Major: Biology Minors: Chemistry and Entrepreneurship
GPA: 3.89
Extracurricular Activities: Research, Biology Club, Soccer Club, ~55 hours of shadowing, volunteering, honor societies
Schools applied: OSU, KYCO
Interviews extended/date: OSU (7/12) KYCO (8/15)
Interviews accepted: (OSU 8/4)
Interviews declined:
Rejections/date:
Acceptance/date:
OSU (8/10)
 
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Date OptomCAS submitted: 7/11
Date verified: 7/19
OAT Scores: AA 390 TS 400
Major: Biology Minors: Chemistry and Entrepreneurship
GPA: 3.89
Extracurricular Activities: Research, Biology Club, Soccer Club, ~55 hours of shadowing, volunteering, honor societies
Schools applied: OSU, UPike
Interviews extended/date: (OSU 7/12)
Interviews accepted: (OSU 8/4)
Interviews declined:
Rejections/date:
Acceptance/date:
OSU (8/10)
Woah! OSU offers interviews that early! Congrats!
 
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Does OSU take Canadians?

Correct me if I'm wrong but according to acceptance data over the past few years they have not admitted any international students (which I assume includes Canadians).
 
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Correct me if I'm wrong but according to acceptance data over the past few years they have not admitted any international students (which I assume includes Canadians).

According to the admissions office, the reason is that international students are not able to get in-state tuition after the first year, so they would end up paying an additional $21,000 per year for all 4 years. It's not that international students aren't able to be accepted, it's just not likely that an international student would want to pay that much extra when they can choose a private school.
 
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I have an osu interview. I am hoping I get a scholarship with my stats. It's a shame it's costs so much.
 
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I have an osu interview. I am hoping I get a scholarship with my stats. It's a shame it's costs so much.

Good luck! You will get a chance to talk to the director of financial aid at your interview day, but I believe that he said that they gave out around 30 scholarships to their incoming class, in the $2-8,000 range. Scholarships are also earned each year, so after the first year the only thing that really matters is how well you do in the program.
 
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Date OptomCAS submitted: JULY 7TH
Date verified: JULY 12TH
OAT Scores: 300 AA, 310 TS
Major: Biology
GPA: 3.46
Extracurricular Activities: Undergraduate Research, UGA Pre-Optometry Club Secretary, Biology Peer Learning Assistant, Biology Teaching Assistant, 72 Hours of Shadowing, UGA 9th Grade Visit Tour Guide, Chick-fil-a Half Marathon Volunteer, UGA Science Olympiad Volunteer, Elementary School Science Fair Judge, UGA Snelling Dining Hall Employee.
Schools applied: UAB, SCO, NOVA, ICO, Midwestern-Chicago, MCPHS, Salus, Western U., UIW Rosenberg, and Northeastern State- Oklahoma.
Interviews extended/date: NOVA(07/26), UAB(07/31), ICO (08/01), Salus (08/09)
Interviews accepted: NOVA (08/14), ICO (08/21), UAB (09/08), Salus (09/11)
Interviews declined:
Rejections/date:
Acceptance/date:

SCO told me that my OAT was low, I should retake it, and they will look at my application later on. That made me sad. They sent me the email before I got any of these interview invites.


Were any of your sections below 300? That might be why.

Are you going to retake it?
 

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Date OptomCAS submitted: 7/21/17
Date verified: 7/26/17
OAT Scores: 290 AA, 280 TS
Major: Biomedical Sciences
GPA: 3.70
Extracurricular Activities: SGA, Sorority, Pre-Health Professional Honor Society, Panhellenic Recruitment Counselor, Career Peer Mentor, Biology Honor Society, Greek Honor Society, Leadership Honor Society, etc. (Held leadership positions in most organizations listed.)
Optometry Experience: 2+ years as an optical technician at a well established practice in 3 different offices, 40+ shadowing hours
Schools applied: UABSO, NOVA, SCO, IUSO, UPIKE
Interviews extended/date: UAB (8/1/17), UPIKE (8/15/17), IUSO (10/11/17), NOVA POP (2/12/18)
Interviews accepted: UAB (9/29/17), UPIKE (10/21/17), IUSO (11/10/17)
Interviews declined: NOVA POP
Rejections/date: SCO (3/21/18).
Acceptance/date: IUSO (11/13/17), KYCO (12/19/17)

I will be attending IUSO!!
Note: For those of you with lower OAT scores, don't be discouraged. Go ahead with the admissions process and keep an open mind. You never know what might happen!
 
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Date OptomCAS submitted: 7/15
Date verified: 7/26
OAT Scores: 330 AA, 330 TS
Major: Psychology Minor: Biology
GPA: 3.80
Extracurricular Activities: Sorority for a year, Honors College, worked in psych lab, Psychological Statistics TA, 50+ hours of volunteering, about 1200 hours of optometric experience (worked in a clinic for 1.5 years), Treasurer and then President of Pre-Optometry Club
Schools applied: SCO & ICO
Interviews extended/date: 7/26 (SCO)
Interviews accepted: 8/11 (SCO)
Interviews declined:
Rejections/date:
Acceptance/date:
8/15 (SCO)

Attending SCO!!!!:soexcited:
 
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Date OptomCAS submitted: 7/15
Date verified: 7/26
OAT Scores: 330 AA, 330 TS
Major: Psychology Minor: Biology
GPA: 3.80
Extracurricular Activities: Sorority for a year, Honors College, worked in psych lab, Psychological Statistics TA, 50+ hours of volunteering, about 1200 hours of optometric experience (worked in a clinic for 1.5 years), Treasurer and then President of Pre-Optometry Club
Schools applied: SCO & ICO
Interviews extended/date: 7/26 (SCO)
Interviews accepted: 8/11 (SCO)
Interviews declined:
Rejections/date:
Acceptance/date:
8/15 (SCO)

Attending SCO!!!!:soexcited:[/QUO

What was the interview like at SCO?
 

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What was the interview like at SCO?
My interview was very laid-back and conversational. They didn't ask any questions that were too hard to answer, and most of them were the basic questions you see over and over again on these threads! I was only asked about 7-8 questions, and my interview lasted 50 minutes.
 

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Date OptomCAS submitted: 7/3
Date verified: 7/10
OAT Scores: 370 AA 380 TS
Major: Human Biology
GPA: 4.0
Extracurricular Activities: Pre-opt president, Human Anatomy TA, Physiology TA, Optometric Assistant
Schools applied: SCO, PCO, AZCOPT
Interviews extended/date: SCO (7/10), PCO (7/19), AZCOPT (7/13)
Interviews accepted: SCO (8/7)
Interviews declined: PCO, AZCOPT
Rejections/date:
Acceptance/date: SCO (8/16)
 

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Date OptomCAS submitted: 07/10
Date verified: 07/26
OAT Scores: 350 AA 360 TS
Major: Biology
GPA: 3.68
Extracurricular Activities: sorority, exec member of Panhellenic, 30 hours shadowing, server, bartender, work at family medical practice, anatomy lab teaching assistant
Schools applied: SCO, UMSL, NOVA, ICO, Midwestern- Downers Grove, PCO, UHCO, NECO
Interviews extended/date: SCO (7/27), UMSL (08/01), NECO (08/01), UHCO (08/01), NOVA (08/10), PCO (08/02), Midwestern-Downers Grove (08/21)
Interviews accepted: SCO (09/08), UMSL (09/01), NECO (09/11), UHCO (09/22), NOVA (08/30)
Interviews declined: PCO, Midwestern-Downers Grove
Rejections/date:
Acceptance/date:
 

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Date OptomCAS submitted: 08/18/2017
Date verified: 08/21/2017
OAT Scores: 330 AA/ 350 TS
Major: Biology
GPA: 3.83
Extracurricular Activities: Pre-Professional Society, American Chemical Society, Biology Peer Mentor, 1 Year of Organic research, 27 Hours of shadowing
Schools applied: UHCO, UAB, Nova, UIWRSO
Interviews extended/date: UHCO (8/23), UAB (8/24), UIWRSO (8/24), Nova (haven't submitted supplementary)
Interviews accepted: UHCO (10/2), UAB (10/10), UIWRSO (9/22)
Interviews declined:
Rejections/date:
Acceptance/date:
UIWRSO (9/26), UHCO (10/4), UAB (Cancelled Interview)
 
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TX resident here, why is UIWRSO taking so long?? I applied really early in the process too.
 
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TX resident here, why is UIWRSO taking so long?? I applied really early in the process too.
Did you get an email confirming they received your application? Maybe call them and check the status of your application.
 
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Has anyone who applied to MCO heard back from them yet?
 

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Date OptomCAS submitted: 8/30
Date verified: 9/1
OAT Scores: 300 AA/ 310 TS
Major: Public Health
GPA: 3.1 Science: 3.3
Extracurricular Activities:
Division 1 dual-sport athlete (track&soccer), mountain west all-academic team, president of pre-op society, 100+hour internship (optometry), optometric technician, head coach of special Olympics soccer team, head coach of high school soccer team, University’s athletic film production intern
Schools applied: Western, SCCO, UPIKE, Midwestern, Pacific, IWSU, SCO

Interviews extended/date:

Interviews accepted:
Interviews declined:
Rejections/date:
Acceptance/date:


Any input would be much appreciated, I am very scared I won't get in.

What schools have you applied to?


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Date OptomCAS submitted: 08/04/17
Date verified: 08/08/17
OAT Scores: 350 AA 350 TS
Major: Biology
GPA: 3.28 Cumulative 3.22 Science
Extracurricular Activities: A lot
Schools applied: SCO, UABSO, ICO(Have not completed supplemental)
Interviews extended/date: SCO(8/09) UABSO(8/11)
Interviews accepted: SCO(9/01) UABSO(10/20)
Interviews declined:
Rejections/date:
Acceptance/date: SCO(9/06)
 
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Date OptomCAS submitted: 08/04/17
Date verified: 08/08/17
OAT Scores: 350 AA 350 TS
Major: Biology
GPA: 3.28 Cumulative 3.22 Science
Extracurricular Activities: A lot
Schools applied: SCO, UABSO, ICO(Have not completed supplemental)
Interviews extended/date: SCO(8/09) UABSO(8/11)
Interviews accepted: SCO(9/01) UABSO(10/20)
Interviews declined:
Rejections/date:
Acceptance/date:
SCO(9/06)

Hey! Would you mind sharing what the supplemental application for ICO consists of this year?
 

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Hey! Would you mind sharing what the supplemental application for ICO consists of this year?
Sure. The first part is general information about you. Next, is an essay about the most challenging semester that you have experienced. Lastly, there is a section among about your relatives and legacy. There is also a pre-requisite worksheet that needs to be filled out.
 

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Still working on my application:
What is still considered early application?
OAT Scores: 300 AA 290 TS
Major: Biology
GPA: 3.7 Cumulative 3.0 Science
Any input on stats? Thinking of retaking the oat.
 

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Still working on my application:
What is still considered early application?
OAT Scores: 300 AA 290 TS
Major: Biology
GPA: 3.7 Cumulative 3.0 Science
Any input on stats? Thinking of retaking the oat.

I would say early is considered July or August. Your overall GPA is great, I would recommend maybe retaking the OAT. But if you have really good extracurriculars and LORs then you can get an interview and acceptance with your current stats. Good luck :)
 
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Date OptomCAS submitted: 6/29
Date verified: 7/14
OAT Scores: 310 AA, 300 TS
Major: Pre-Optometry
Minor: Business Administration
GPA: 3.91
Extracurricular Activities: worked in two different optometric practices for 3 years, AMSA member, intramural sports captain, volunteer for vision screenings
Schools applied: Nova, Midwestern Arizona, Salus, Indiana U
Interviews extended/date:
Nova: 8/7
Midwestern Arizona: 8/15
Salus: 8/9
Indiana U: 8/25 (did not finish supplemental application...)
Interviews accepted:
Nova: 8/25
Midwestern Arizona: 9/8
Salus: 9/18
Interviews declined: Indiana U
Rejections/date:
Acceptance/date:

Nova: 9/1
Midwestern Arizona: 9/13
Salus: 9/20

Attending Nova!
 
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Date OptomCAS submitted: August 7th, August 10th
Date verified: September 7th
OAT Scores: AA- 330; TS- 330
Major: General Biology
GPA: Science- 3.19; Overall- 3.38
Extracurricular Activities: tennis, ballet, swimming, volunteering at a pug rescue shelter
Schools applied: PUCO, Midwestern AZ, Western, MBKU-SCCO, UOH, UWIRSO
Interviews extended/date: Midwestern AZ- Sept. 29th; SCCO- Oct. 6th
Interviews accepted: Midwestern AZ- Sept. 29th; SCCO Oct. 6th
Interviews declined:
Rejections/date:
Acceptance/date:


Thanks for starting this thread and for everyone contributing to it :) good luck to everybody! y'all will do great ^-^
 
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Date OptomCAS submitted: 10 August 2017
Date verified: 14 August 2017
OAT Scores: AA 350 / TS 350
Major: Biology
GPA: 3.3
Extracurricular Activities: Hospital Volunteer w Pediatrics & Ronald McDonald House Charities; AED Pre-Professional Honor Society; Latino Pre-Med Student Association founder & Vice President; Undergraduate Research Assistant
Schools applied: UCB, SCCO, WUCO, ICO, OSU
Interviews extended/date: OSU (08/16), ICO (08/28), SCCO (08/31), WUCO (10/06)
Interviews accepted: OSU (09/22), WUCO (10/17), SCCO (11/17)
Interviews declined: ICO
Rejections/date:
Acceptance/date:
OSU (09/25), WUCO (10/23), SCCO (11/6)
 
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Date OptomCAS submitted: 10 August 2017
Date verified: 14 August 2017
OAT Scores: AA 350 / TS 350
Major: Biology
GPA: 3.3
Extracurricular Activities: Hospital Volunteer w Pediatrics & Ronald McDonald House Charities; AED Pre-Professional Honor Society; Latino Pre-Med Student Association founder & Vice President; Undergraduate Research Assistant
Schools applied: UCB, SCCO, WUCO, ICO, OSU
Interviews extended/date: OSU (08/16), ICO (08/28), SCCO (08/31)
Interviews accepted: OSU (09/22), ICO (10/06), SCCO (11/17)
Interviews declined:
Rejections/date:
Acceptance/date:
WOOHOOO get it girl!!
 
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what a sight

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Date OptomCAS submitted: 8/28/17
Date verified: 9/1/17
OAT Scores: AA320 TS300
Major: Biology
GPA: 3.41
Extracurricular Activities: Volunteer in a parasitology laboratory, part of a Native American health awareness program, 70 hours of shadowing, Maranatha India Volunteer, Church pianist.
Schools applied: AZCOPT, SCO, ICO, NECO, NSUCO
Interviews extended/date: SCO 9/1, AZCOPT 9/5, NECO 9/9, ICO supplemental 9/6
Interviews accepted: SCO 10/2, AZCOPT 9/8
Interviews declined: NECO, ICO supplemental app
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Acceptance/date:
AZCOPT 9/13, SCO 10/4

Attending SCO!
 
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bluesky345

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Date OptomCAS submitted: August 7th, August 10th
Date verified: September 7th
OAT Scores: AA- 330; TS- 330
Major: General Biology UCSD
GPA: Science- 3.19; Overall- 3.38
Extracurricular Activities: tennis, ballet, swimming, volunteering at a pug rescue shelter
Schools applied: PUCO, Midwestern AZ, Western, MBKU-SCCO, UOH, UWIRSO
Interviews extended/date: Midwestern AZ- Sept. 29th; UWIRSO- Oct. 6th
Interviews accepted: Midwestern AZ- Sept. 29th
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Thanks for starting this thread and for everyone contributing to it :) good luck to everybody! y'all will do great ^-^
Have you heard back from Western and/or SCCO?
 

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Date OptomCAS submitted: 14/09/17
Date verified: 19/09/17
OAT Scores: 330 AA / 310 TS
Major: Pharmacology
GPA: 3.1
Extracurricular Activities: Undergraduate research & work at 2 optometry practices, palliative care volunteer
Schools applied: ICO (
supplemental requested 09/23), NOVA and Midwestern, Pacific, Western, SCCO, NECO
Interviews extended/date: NECO (09/24), western (09/25), midwestern (26th), NOVA, PUCO, ICO
Interviews accepted: NECO 10/30, PUCO 11/03, ICO 11/06
Interviews declined: Western
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