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

  1. JD0911

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    Date OptomCAS submitted: 07/20
    Date verified: 07/30
    OAT Scores: 300AA/300TS (Retake in Jan), 280AA/270 TS (1st attempt)
    Major: Biomedical Science
    GPA: cumulative 3.0, science 2.8?
    Extracurricular Activities: Optometric assistant (6+ years), Two summer programs at SCO and ICO, Sorority VP, Microbiology club VP, Certified Pharm. tech, Optician (3+ years)
    Schools applied: PCO, ICO, UAB, Nova, MCPHS, KYCO, NECO, SCO
    Interviews extended/date: PCO (10/11) (ICO on hold until fall semester grades)
    Interviews accepted: PCO (1/12)(waitlisted for OAT retake), KYCO (1/10), MCPHS (3/1), NECO (3/2)
    Interviews declined: ICO (2/20), Nova POP Program(2/20)
    Rejections/date: UAB
    Acceptance/date: KYCO (01/22)

    I should hear this week from PCO and SCO, interviewing this week at NECO and MCPHS as well!! It is possible even when people doubt you :)
     
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  3. JD0911

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    I just heard back from NECO this week and I applied in July. PCO is just a very long process! Their turn around time is a few weeks for each part of the process
     
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    After reading some posts here, it seems to be different for everyone. For me, when my app was fully verified and oat scores came in, it took them a week to get back to me in August. I was put on hold at that time. I retook the oat in January and sent them my unofficial scores and heard back within 2 days for an interview. After my interview, it took just over a week to get back to me. For me, their response times have been relatively quick.
     
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  5. pnw256

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    I had a sub 3.0 gpa and 370 OAT and i got an interview pretty quick last fall at neco. (also pco was really fast for me idk why in ur situation). I had good extracurriculars and I felt the interview went very well. I was able to offer a reasonable explanation to my GPA and had a really good conversation with my interviewer.

    Unless you have a legitimate, extenuating circumstance surrounding your gpa or you have some sort of outstanding work/research experience, I wouldn't have my hopes too high for that school. With many other schools I interviewed at, I felt they really just use the gpa/oat as an initial screen and evaluate you based more purely on how your interview is and how you present yourself as a potential optometry student (obviously you still need to be able to speak on ur gpa/oat). I was even able to get scholarships at other decent schools where my GPA was bottom 10%.

    Anyways I'm waitlisted at neco but I was really disappointed to learn that they were still stuck on my GPA. If my GPA was an issue to begin with, they should've settled that first by sending me an email asking for a detailed explanation (like many schools did, I might add) before extending an interview.

    I can't help but get the feeling that they want to cover their bases and make sure they get a lot of students on the waitlist so they can fill all their seats by day 1.
     
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  6. Ellowyan

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    Do you guys know how full NECO is currently? I have my interview coming up this week!
     
  7. OD2022HOPEFUL

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    I'm from Canada and interviewed at the end of January and they got back to me within 2 weeks!
     
  8. Hey, how was your interview at midwestern?? Can you give me any advice please?
     
  9. eyelina

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    Anybody know anything about PCO?
    until when do they conduct their interviews? and if they are full yet or not
     
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  10. LUC78

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    I think the last interview date is March 30th. I emailed them asking and they said theres no guarantee dates will become available after that date because the class and standby list may well be full.
    I'm assuming theyre not full as of now? because they still have an entire month of interviews left
     
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    I think last cycle PCO interviews went into April/beginning of May, but I could be wrong... also around that time (judging from the forums) more people were being put on the standby list which means "you would've been accepted but the class is full"
     
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  12. eyedoc2022

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    Did anyone get put on hold for continuing secondary review before interview extension? How long do these schools take to reply, or is it a soft rejection?
     
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    I wanted to let people know a way/trick to estimate whether or not the class is full and how to see if spots may be available!!


    so go onto facebook, most schools have a group for their class of 2022 (in this years case) search for that ..." SCCO Class of 2022" and see how many members have been added to the group, then go onto the schools website and see how many students their class' usually consist on and then you can do the math....example if average class size for SCCO is 55 students and they have 48 students in the Facebook group, either they are full or they might want to still fill 7 spots!

    Hope this helps people out!!
     
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  14. Jmizz

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    Look at my last post ^^
     
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    Don’t assume exact numbers in all cases or any at all. 1-10, more or less, members may be admins or students from upper classes. But yes, this can give some estimates.

     
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  16. ABDoctorSee

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    NECO interview went great! They got back to me within a week!. :)
     
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  17. milopto123

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    Has anyone been put on hold at ICO and still waiting for a decision? They have received my updated fall transcript but every i time i call them they still haven't made a decision and don't when they will let me know. Anyone in the same boat its so frustrating having to wait this long ugh
     
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  18. optometryinterest123

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    Anyone still interviewing at SUNY?
     
  19. LUC78

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    Does anyone know whens the latest ICO interviews till?
     
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  20. tilinfinity

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    Thanks! PCO had several questions about the numbers portion but I felt that my experience/motivation to pursue the field outweighed the unfavorable part of my application. The upward progression of my GPA also made it a little easier to answer as well. I actually didn't complete the ICO supplemental once I found out that I was accepted. Best of luck to you!
     
  21. DrEyeeLoverr

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    I am, I have a interview Monday. pretty nervous!! Have you had your interview there already?
     
  22. CDZeals

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    Date OptomCAS submitted: 01/30
    Date verified: 02/25
    OAT Scores: 310AA/300TS
    Major: Human Biology Health & Disease
    GPA: 3.31 cGPA,3.17 Science
    Extracurricular Activities: Varsity Rugby, President of various clubs including student council and student government
    Schools applied: ICO, MCPHS, Midwestern, NECO, NOVA, Salus, SCCO, SCO, SUNY, UCHO, Western
    Interviews extended/date: ICO (3/1), MCPHS (3/1), NECO (3/3), NOVA (3/3), Salus (3/4), SCCO (3/10), Western (3/7)
    Interviews accepted: NOVA (3/9), SCCO (3/31)
    Interviews declined:
    Rejections/date: SUNY
    Acceptance/date: NOVA (3/15)

    Applied to this cycle super late, and I only have 30 hours of Optometry experience, but somehow I made it! Don't be discouraged, if this is your dream its possible.
     
  23. optometryinterest123

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    hello fellow optometry friends! Does anyone know what it means to be "on hold" at SUNY O?
     
  24. Drkbrowneyes

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    Has anyone heard back from NSUOCO that interviewed in February?

    Thanks!
     
  25. Optclassof2022

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    yes I heard back! what did you think about them?
     
  26. Drkbrowneyes

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    They had their last run of applicants February 12-28. I interviewed on the 16th of February and have not heard anything. When did you interview? I thought it went well.
    Thanks.
     
  27. Optclassof2022

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    I interviewed on February 21st and heard back last monday!
     
  28. Drkbrowneyes

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    Great! Did they call? Or send letter? Email?
     
  29. Optclassof2022

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    they sent an email!
     
  30. oculove

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    Date OptomCAS submitted: 08/05/2017
    Date verified: 08/07/2017
    OAT Scores: 290AA
    Major: Biology
    GPA: 3.36
    Extracurricular Activities: Over 100 volunteer hours at a hospital, active volunteer with the university, shadowing, employed by 3 different companies
    Schools applied: Western, ICO, UIW RSO, UHCO, MCPHS, KYCO
    Interviews extended/date: KYCO (08/18), Western (09/22), ICO (12/26), MCPHS (01/16), UIW RSO (01/24)
    Interviews accepted: Western (12/15), ICO (01/19), UIWRSO (02/02)
    Interviews declined: MCPHS, KYCO
    Rejections/date:
    Acceptance/date:
    Western (01/23), ICO (02/02) UIW RSO (02/07)

    I was initially hesitant to share my own details on here BUT this post is to all those spending so much time on SDN and having doubts on their own application. My OAT was not great at all. Although scores do matter, they are not the only thing the Admissions Committee look at, truthfully. I believe my passion and dedication for the field of optometry was felt through my personal statement and proven by my numerous extracurricular activities.

    If anyone has any questions, feel free to message me! I’d be more than happy to share my experience more in detail. Good luck to all that are in the process! It’s been a real blessing.
     
  31. Optclassof2022

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    congratulations! have you chosen where you want to go?
     
  32. namushkee

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    How come WUCO took almost a month to get back to you on your acceptance? I thought they said it's usually about 2 weeks after your interview that they'll let you know?
     
  33. namushkee

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    Did you decline Western's interview?
     
  34. CDZeals

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    Hi yes I did, I declined every interview as soon as I got in NOVA, hopefully this will help anyone waitlisted!
     
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    Date OptomCAS submitted: 03/12/18
    Date verified: 03/15/18
    OAT Scores: 340 AA, 350 TS
    Major: Optometry
    GPA: 4.00 (post bacc)
    Extracurricular Activities:
    Worked as an optometrist in South Korea for 2 years, had 20 hours of shadowing, volunteer for vision screenings, received a prize in the Varilux Idea Contest
    Schools applied:
    NOVA (03/13/18)
    Interviews extended/date: NOVA(3/27/18)
    Interviews accepted: NOVA(04/02/18)
    Interviews declined:
    Rejections/date:
    Acceptance/date: NOVA(04/05/18)
     
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    When does NECO stop interviewing this cycle?
     
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  37. namushkee

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    Date OptomCAS submitted: Sometime in mid November
    Date verified: A few days later ; BUT I had my application be put on hold for all schools because I wanted to retake my OAT
    OAT Scores: 270/300 (took this in November). Retook it in February (280/300). Not great... I know. I wasn't able to dedicate the average 2-3 months studying like most people.
    Major: Psychology
    GPA: 3.1 Major, 3.5 Sciences
    Extracurricular Activities: Nothing too extravagant... just did a few things that I was passionate about
    Schools applied: SCCO, Midwestern (Arizona), WUCO
    Interviews extended/date: All these schools received my application mid March. I received an interview at WUCO a few days later. Finally got an interview extended to me in early April for Midwestern and SCCO.
    Interviews accepted: WUCO
    Interviews declined: SCCO, Midwestern
    Rejections/date: N/A
    Acceptance/date: 3/21 (WUCO)

    WUCO has honestly been my top choice ever since I started researching about Optometry schools. I know it's not everyone's top choice, but the newer facilities and their passion for inter-professional relationships really stood out to me... Plus, I live in California and ideally would like to stay here and it had the cheapest tuition compared to SCCO.
    I hope this gives everyone hope for the next cycle -- you are more than just your numbers! I really did not have time to study for the OAT and it had been YEARS since I last took some of the science classes. Overall, I was honestly surprised I was even extended an interview from SCCO (and Midwestern), but I had already been accepted to my top choice so I had to decline. Good luck to everyone who's still applying and/or planning to apply next year!
     
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  38. kilegna

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    Date OptomCAS submitted: 11/31/2017
    Date verified: 12/21/2017
    OAT Scores: 300 AA/ 310 TS
    Major: Biology
    GPA: 3.10
    Extracurricular Activities: 9 yrs of work experience in the optometry field, 94 hrs of volunteer work (non optometry related), 1,588 hrs of shadowing optometrist and ophthalmologist.
    Schools applied: ICO, Midwestern Arizona, Midwestern Chicago, NOVA, PCO, HCO, KYCO and Western.
    Interviews extended/date: Midwestern Chicago (12/27/2017), Midwestern Arizona (01/05/2018), NOVA (01/08/2018), Western (01/19/2018).
    Interviews accepted: NOVA (01/12/2018), Midwestern Chicago (01/22/2018), Midwestern Arizona (02/09/2018), Western (02/16/2018)
    Interviews declined: N/A
    Rejections/date: None
    Acceptance/date: NOVA (01/19/2018):soexcited:
    After my acceptance at NOVA, I cancelled the upcoming interviews and withdrew my application from all schools.
     
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  39. doctor jt

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    Date OptomCAS submitted: 7/13/17
    Date verified: 7/18/17 but my letters didn't come in until 8/5/17 and OAT didn't get verified until 8/28/17
    OAT Scores: 330 both
    Major: Biology
    GPA: 3.08
    Extracurricular Activities: Research, shadowing/intern (100+ hours), pre-optometry club leadership, optometric assistant
    Schools applied: SCCO, Berkeley, WesternU, ICO, PUCO, Midwestern, UIW
    Interviews extended/date: ICO (9/6), WesternU (9/15), UIW (10/17), SCCO (12/6), PUCO (9/?), Midwestern (10/3)
    Interviews accepted: WesternU, SCCO
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    WesternU (9/28), SCCO (12/19)

    As soon as I got accepted to Western, I cancelled all my out of state interviews. For Berkeley I didn't pay the supplemental fee.
    I'll be attending SCCO this year!! :3
     
  40. notadieselvolkswagen

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    Let me see if I remember this all...

    Date OptomCAS submitted: 9/29/2017
    Date verified: 10/6/2017
    OAT Scores: 350AA/ 340TS
    Major: Human Physiology
    GPA: 3.2 science and 3.2 cumulative
    Extracurricular Activities: Club Rowing team, work experience in optometry office, undergraduate TA for anatomy lab and exercise physiology, job on campus as a tutor
    Schools applied: UMSL, SUNY, ICO, MWCCO, MWAzCO, Western, PUCO, SCCO
    Interviews extended/date: all of above
    Interviews accepted: all of above
    Rejections/date: SUNY (in late 2017)
    Acceptance/date: the rest of them, ranging from december-feb, but currently have a seat held at Pacific, still waiting to hear from SCCO (on alternate list and have send LIO), if not, I'll be at Pacific come August. If anyone else is on the waitlist at SCCO are you as stressed as I am?
     
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    Do you mind sharing your scores broken down by subject? And possible percentile?
     
  42. LUC78

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    This is quite late but I have a very non-traditional application so I just wanted to share

    Date OptomCAS submitted: October 18th
    Date verified: October 24th
    Major: Psychology
    GPA: C: 3.56/ S: 2.92
    OAT Scores: Dec 30th (AA: 300/TS: 260) Retake - April 30th (AA: 290/TS: 260)
    Extracurricular Activities/App: 4 pretty solid letters of req (1 optometrist/employer/2 professors), strong personal statement, Secretary for a club, Vice President of Pre-Optometry Club, Tutor for 4 years, research assistant for a semester, Shadowed for 18 hours
    Schools applied: ICO, Midwestern-Downers Grove, PCO (App submitted Feb 18th)
    Interviews extended/date: ICO (Dec 5th), CCO (Feb 5th), PCO (March 8th)
    Interviews accepted: All
    Rejections/date: ICO -- Got back to me 2 weeks after interview letting me know that basically I had an acceptance if I retook my OAT and got atleast a 300 TS. I requested they push back the OAT deadline for me from Feb to April so I can retake it after 90 days and they agreed. However, wasn't able to get my scores higher.
    Waitlist: CCO (Feb 12th), PCO- Standby List (March 14th)
    Acceptance/date: CCO (May 2nd), PCO (June 5th)

    This application cycle was a very very long and rough one for me. I was very late and remained in the cycle till the very end. However, I am really happy with my decision as CCO was my first choice! I really think what got me the acceptance was a letter of intent I sent to CCO a couple weeks before my acceptance (April 19th). ICO also really appreciated my letter of interest but said the adcom couldn't compromise on scores. All the interviewers commented on my personal statement being unique, and I truly think it was me as an applicant vs my stats that got me in. So don't loose hope if your stats are on the lower end!!! You can do it!!!! If you're on the waitlist I truly think constant updates and communication via phone calls, emails etc really makes a difference! Feel free to message me with questions and good luck!
     
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    I hope this page still gets looked at every now and then...
    basically I was placed on a waitlist for the Scholars program at Salus University but was accepted into the traditional program. Does anyone think it would be wise for me to give up my seat in the traditional program and then re-apply this cycle for a spot in the Scholars program?
     
  44. koonsaar

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    What's your reasoning for wanting to be in the Scholars program? Basically you'd be giving up the opportunity to be an OD at the end of 4 years for the chance to be an OD at the end of 4 years.
     
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  45. optometryinterest123

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    Hey Koonsaar! The idea of paying 3 years of tuition and the student faculty relationship had me hooked on the idea!
     
  46. Optician2OD

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    Why was your application for SCO denied?
     
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    I was trying to calculate my science gpa, but I'm not sure which courses to include? I know theres multiple gpa's generated but from everyone's post here, I was wondering which gpa they're posting for science, is it the BCP or something? Also for example will physics be included? I called optomcas and I still wasn't able to get a clear answer.
     
  48. Optician2OD

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    I say go ahead and apply
     
  49. sensualpuma

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    Any updates? I still have the yet to take the OAT but our stats are very similar.
     
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  50. sensualpuma

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    any updates @wannabanod?
     
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    Not yet, I think it takes a couple weeks for me to get verified! I'll keep in touch!
     

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