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Discussion in 'Pre-Optometry' started by Stirling, Aug 6, 2017.

  1. chimbo

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    Hey. It's just as the others have said before it's a super laidback interview although there will be three people there. They only asked me the most basic questions. They don't ask any trick questions so don't worry. It was more of a conversation than an interview. I actually really enjoyed talking to the professors and the half hour just flew by. Best of luck!
     
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  3. kraftndinner

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    Date OptomCAS submitted: 10/27/2017
    Date verified: 10/30/2017
    OAT Scores: 370AA/380TS
    Major: Physiology
    Minor: Finance
    GPA:
    3.55
    Extracurricular Activities: Clinical volunteering at 2 different hospitals, Volunteer at SPCA (animal shelter), VP of Pre-Optometry Club, President of the Biology Student Association, Kaplan OAT/DAT tutor, Undergraduate research assistant; Founder/President of Model UN chapter; Part-time Optometric Assistant for 2 years (private and retail); Shadowing > 100hrs
    Schools applied: UWaterloo, ICO, SUNY, NECO
    Interviews extended/date: SUNY (10/31), NECO (11/01), ICO (11/09)
    Interviews accepted: SUNY (11/15), NECO (11/20), ICO (11/28)
    Interviews declined:
    Rejections/date:
    UWaterloo (11/30)
    Acceptance/date: SUNY (11/29), NECO (11/27), ICO (12/8)

    Canadian student here so financial considerations are definitely important. Received scholarships at all three schools so feel free to hmu if you're curious about my application/general questions! I adored SUNY but the tuition is insanely expensive for a foreign student. Still debating and not sure where to go yet!
     
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2017
  4. Mr Donald Mouse

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    Any idea why Waterloo rejected you? You seem to have good stats??
     
  5. kraftndinner

    kraftndinner

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    Haha I can never know for certain, but it probably has to do with the fact that I wasn’t taking a full course load for a couple of semesters due to some personal issues.
     
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  6. ked87

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    Date OptomCAS submitted: 11/2/17

    OAT Scores: 350 TS / 360AA

    Major: Bio

    GPA: 3.37

    Schools applied: NECO, SUNY, ICO, UHCO

    Interviews extended/date: NECO 11/6. SUNY 11/13

    Interviews accepted: NECO 11/27. SUNY 12/4

    Interviews declined:

    Rejections/date:

    Acceptance/date: NECO 11/29. SUNY 12/8


    SDidn’t complete ICO supplemental after Getting accepted into NECO. UHCO hasn’t gotten back to me
     
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2017
  7. nidhib826

    nidhib826 2+ Year Member

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    Who else is headed to Midwestern University (IL)?!
     
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  8. optometrycatlady

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    Dec 14, 2017

    How did you receive your acceptance? Letter or email?
     
  9. optometrycatlady

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    I just had one last weekend. I sent my application around the 13th of November. They got back to me in 2 weeks right after Thanksgiving. I had my interview on Dec. 9th, now I am waiting to hear back from them. I had to look onto the portal that they have portal.msphs.edu to see that I was ready to schedule my interview. They didn't tell me through an email. So I would check on that site to see if it says your ready to schedule.
     
  10. optometryinterest123

    optometryinterest123

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    So you're interview was in Dec 9th and you heard back already?
     
  11. optometrycatlady

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    I heard back today but I reached out. They said they sent out letters today for people who interviewed around that time and we should get them by the end of the week. They did tell me I was accepted though!
     
  12. odmarauder

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    Dec 21, 2017
    Date OptomCAS submitted: 11/18/17
    Date verified: 11/30/17
    OAT Scores: 360AA/380TS
    Major: Honours Life Science
    Minor: n/a
    GPA: 3.7
    Extracurricular Activities: Optometric technician at two different clinics, job shadowing (70+ hrs), vision care and eye surgery missions trip, various leadership roles in campus clubs, student accessibility services notetaker, campus tour guide, running races, etc.
    Schools applied: UWaterloo, ICO, SUNY, NECO
    Interviews extended/date: 12/01/17 (NECO), 01/04/17 (SUNY), 01/04/17 (PCO)
    Interviews accepted: 12/08/17 (NECO), 01/13/18 (UWaterloo)
    Interviews declined: 12/14/17 (SUNY), 12/20/17 (PCO)
    Rejections/date:
    Acceptance/date: 12/13/17 (NECO)
     
  13. optSH

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    Oct 20, 2017
    Date OptomCAS submitted: 07/17/2017
    OAT Scores:
    330 AA/ 320 TS
    Major: Medical & Molecular Biology, Minored in Nutrition
    GPA: 3.80
    Extracurricular Activities:(Brief description) Optometric technician at 3+ clinics, a LOT volunteer hours, Pre-Optometry society VP, various club activities in undergrad
    Schools applied: SUNY, NECO, PCO/Scholars, NOVA, UHCO, MCPHS
    Interviews extended/date: NECO (7/26), SUNY (8/2), NOVA (11/30, a little late because there was a mess-up with their system and I never received their invitation until nov.), UHCO (7/29), MCPHS (10/31)
    Interviews accepted: NECO, SUNY, PCO/Scholars
    Interviews declined: UHCO, MCPHS, NOVA
    Rejections/date:
    Acceptance/date:
    NECO, SUNY, PCO/Scholars

    Most likely am attending PCO Scholars, if anyone else is thinking about it, please feel free to send me a message! (for those that are accepted too!)
     
  14. optomize

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    Hey! I was just wondering.. what undergraduate school did you graduate from? Thanks!
     
  15. heypals

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    Date OptomCAS submitted: 10/24/2017
    Date verified: 10/30/2017
    OAT Scores: 330AA/330TS
    Major: Biology
    GPA:
    3.70
    Extracurricular Activities: Shadowing 20+ hours at private practice. Working as a optometric technician 1+ year at private group practice. Member of Pre-Optometry Association. Leadership roles in VSA/camps. Volunteer at Food Bank/St. Vincent de Paul/Animal Shelter 50+ hours. Vacation Bible School Leader for two summers.
    Schools applied: UHCO, UIWRSO, SCO, UAB
    Interviews extended/date: UIWRSO (10/31), SCO (10/31), UAB (11/16).
    Interviews accepted: SCO (12/8), UIWRSO (12/15)
    Interviews declined: UAB
    Rejections/date:
    Acceptance/date: SCO (12/13), UIWRSO (12/18)


    I have not made the final decision on where to attend. Anyone else waiting to hear back from UHCO?
     
  16. seahawksfan24

    seahawksfan24 2+ Year Member

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    Holy crap are u from houston???
     
  17. heypals

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    Lol, I’m from Louisiana. UHCO is one of my top choices though.
     
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  18. joysu

    joysu 5+ Year Member

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    Anyone got email from UCBSO?
     
  19. naz9

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    Jun 28, 2017
    Date OptomCAS submitted: 11/30
    Date verified: 12/4
    OAT Scores: 330 TS/350 AA
    Major: Public Health
    GPA: Overall: 3.5 / Science: 3.5
    Extracurricular Activities: President of Pre-Optometry Club, ~100 hours of shadowing, Contact Lens Technician, Youth Group Coordinator
    Schools applied: NECO, SALUS, SUNY, MCPHS
    Interviews extended/date: NECO (12/5), SALUS (12/6), SUNY (12/6) MCPHS (12/15)
    Interviews accepted: SALUS (12/21), SUNY (1/10)
    Interviews declined: NECO, MCPHS
    Rejections/date:
    Acceptance/date:
    SALUS (1/3), SUNY (1/12)

    I haven't made my final decision yet but I am pretty sure I will choose SUNY. Good luck to everyone who is still in the admission process!
     
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  20. od2022

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    For everyone who applied to SUNY, were you a member of your school’s prehealth committee if your school had one? My school had one, however I was never a member. And I know for SUNY they required a committee letter of recommendation so I didn’t apply there since I just had just gotten my LOR’s individually from professors. I’m a NYS resident though, so it would’ve been a cheaper school for me. Now I’m just curious as to if others had a committee letter.
     
  21. optometryinterest123

    optometryinterest123

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    Oct 19, 2017
    I had a committee letter. Contact the school and let them know the circumstance!
     
  22. scaredlittlegirl

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    Dec 14, 2016
    i never really knew this. i only had 2 optometrist letters and 2 professor letters. didnt ask about any committee letter? i got accepted to SUNY as well!
     
  23. scaredlittlegirl

    scaredlittlegirl

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    ^^^
     
  24. od2022

    od2022

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    Oh wow. Yeah I just remember seeing on their website they required a committee letter, and if no such committee exists, to have a letter sent stating that. Interesting. Good for you guys though! I think it would be too hectic to live in New York City for me now that I really think about it lol.
     
  25. dp44

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    Were both of your letters from professors you had for science or math?
     
  26. iamninahello

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    Date OptomCAS submitted: 11/4/2017
    Date verified: 11/9/2017
    OAT Scores: AA 330, TS 330
    Major: Biological Sciences
    GPA: 3.29
    Extracurricular Activities: Intern/dance coordinator/treasurer of a large cultural club at UCI, member of pre-optometry club, orientation staffer, mentor of campus mentorship program, staffer of Red Cross leadership camp for several years, worked at two optometry jobs as pre-tester, front desk associate, and medical testing/color vision testing technician for 12 months in total (ranging 12-36 hours a week), shadowed optometrist/ophthalmologist for 6 hours in total
    Schools applied: Western, AZCOPT, SCCO, ICO
    Interviews extended/date: Western 11/17, AZCOPT 11/14, SCCO 11/15, ICO 12/13 (supplemental extended 11/21)
    Interviews accepted: Western 12/1, AZCOPT 12/11, SCCO 12/18
    Interviews declined: ICO. They received my supplemental materials by 11/24 and after waiting two weeks (Mid-December), I had to call them and ask for an update on the status of my application. Said they were going to possibly wait until after the Holidays to send out interviews (at this point I was speechless already)...then at the end of the same week they sent me an email saying they did not receive all my materials. I had to call them and explain that they sent an email confirming they got it. That night I got an invitation for interview, but after the whole mess and having gotten accepted to my top school by then, I declined.
    Rejections/date:
    Acceptance/date: Western 12/8, AZCOPT 12/14, SCCO 12/19

    AZCOPT and SCCO responded extremely quickly, especially SCCO! Will be attending MBKU
     
  27. PreOptometry2020

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    Congratulations on your acceptance!! I unfortunately had a similar experience with ICO, I'm glad to hear I wasn't the only one.
     
  28. seahawksfan24

    seahawksfan24 2+ Year Member

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    Hey, congrats in the interviews!! Has uhco gotten back to u yet?
     
  29. scaredlittlegirl

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    it was both professors from science, my major (nutrition)
     
  30. Elizah46

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    Hey guys! I was just wondering if the GPAs posted are the ones calculated by Optomcas or just straight from transcripts?
     
  31. Brisks

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    I believe everyone just goes with either or, so there may be mixed gpa sources here. I personally went with my optomcas gpa.
     
  32. WhyNeedAName

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    I would recommend Optomcas GPA. Some institutions (like mine) only calculates one GPA from courses taken at the school and doesn't count transfer grades.
     
  33. skra7

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    Has anyone who interviewed at ICO last week heard back/called to find out their decision?
     
  34. pnw256

    pnw256 2+ Year Member

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    I did, but I interviewed 2 weeks ago. They have the results ready
     
  35. optometryinterest123

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    Hey everyone! I need some advice - I'm torn b/w SUNY O, MCPHS, and PCO.
    I really liked the environment of MCPHS - everyone was so welcoming and the clinic is all in one building + the pre-clinic is open 24 hours a day which is amazing.
    SUNY - The thing I don't like is that it's strictly optometry students. Since there are no other programs I feel like you're stuck in the same environment with all the same people....
    PCO - They have the nicest pediatric clinic... Absolutely beautiful, although the clinic is not far it's a bit inconvenient that you have to travel.

    Those are the only schools I applied too and now and stuck. Please share any comments :)
     
  36. skra7

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    Personally, I would narrow it down to SUNY and PCO. The things I’ve heard about MCPHS on and off of SDN is enough to steer me away from the program (such as purposefully failing students out, having had 5 different deans over the past few years, not accredited, etc).
     
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  37. optometryinterest123

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    MCPHS is accredited so that's not something I'm worried about. May I ask what else you have heard (and from who?)
     
  38. eyegotu

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    I agree with skra7! I'm a fan of inter-professional education, but that's just me! I really like that quality from PCO + their clinic is great (as you pointed out)!! Of course the board scores are a little iffy for Part 1 but the faculty has emphasized that they're actively making changes to boost those scores! MCPHS initially was my #1 choice mostly because of the location...I've steered away from it after seeing their released board scores/the points skra7 mentioned above. Based on my research, I never saw anywhere that it was fully accredited...being an international student this was definitely a red flag for me!!
     
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  39. Ellowyan

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    They are not accredited within their optometry program. They were on preliminary accreditation initially (Every new school is) and were supposed to have received full accreditation I believe 2017 but were instead placed on a warning until later this year.

    If any current students there could shed some light on the situation I'd love to hear. Feel free to DM me
     

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