Jul 22, 2018
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With OPTOMCAS being open and applications and interviews being held, can this the post we have to post stats? Thanks!!
GOOD LUC TO EVERYONE APPLYING THIS CYCLE :)

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

HM-boss

2+ Year Member
Dec 20, 2016
17
4
Status
Pre-Optometry
Date OptomCAS submitted: 7/11/2019
Date verified: 7/12/2019
OAT Scores: GRE: 146 QR 149 Verbal
Major: Biology
GPA: 3.58 overall and 3.4 science and 3.5 pre req
Extracurricular Activities: Shadowing, volunteering, and work experience
Schools applied: MCPHS and NECO
Interviews extended/date: N/A
Interviews accepted: N/A
Interviews declined: N/A
Rejections/date: N/A
Acceptance/date: N/A

Do you guys think I have a good shot at MCPHS with my high GPA and applying early despite my low GRE score? I am applying through a partnership agreement with guaranteed admission based on GPA but im worried about my GRE scores. Also do you know if MCPHS sends interview offers through mail or e mail? and when is the earliest time they usually interview?
 

WhyNeedAName

2+ Year Member
Apr 9, 2017
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Date OptomCAS submitted: 7/11/2019
Date verified: 7/12/2019
OAT Scores: GRE: 146 QR 149 Verbal
Major: Biology
GPA: 3.58 overall and 3.4 science and 3.5 pre req
Extracurricular Activities: Shadowing, volunteering, and work experience
Schools applied: MCPHS and NECO
Interviews extended/date: N/A
Interviews accepted: N/A
Interviews declined: N/A
Rejections/date: N/A
Acceptance/date: N/A

Do you guys think I have a good shot at MCPHS with my high GPA and applying early despite my low GRE score? I am applying through a partnership agreement with guaranteed admission based on GPA but im worried about my GRE scores. Also do you know if MCPHS sends interview offers through mail or e mail? and when is the earliest time they usually interview?
OK, I wish I can answer your questions, but I know nothing about MCPHS. However, you can apply with a GRE score instead of OAT scores???
 

HM-boss

2+ Year Member
Dec 20, 2016
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Pre-Optometry
OK, I wish I can answer your questions, but I know nothing about MCPHS. However, you can apply with a GRE score instead of OAT scores???


Most schools accept the GRE this cycle including NECO. check optomCAS or schools websites. It is a new change many schools are implementing.
 
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WhyNeedAName

2+ Year Member
Apr 9, 2017
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Most schools accept the GRE this cycle including NECO. check optomCAS or schools websites. It is a new change many schools are implementing.
:O

The amount of money saved! Wouldn't matter to me since I already applied and got accepted, but wow!
 

Ojos14

2+ Year Member
Feb 9, 2016
149
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Status
Optometrist

13/23 listed schools include GRE under "other accepted tests".
 

Ojos14

2+ Year Member
Feb 9, 2016
149
53
Status
Optometrist

13/23 listed schools include GRE under "other accepted tests".
 
Jun 20, 2019
12
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Status
Pre-Optometry

13/23 listed schools include GRE under "other accepted tests".
Which 13?
 
Sep 25, 2018
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Date OptomCAS submitted: 7/18/2019
Date verified: 7/22/2019
OAT Scores: 320 AA/300 TS
Major: Cellular and Molecular Biology
GPA: 3.65 overall; 3.55 science
Extracurricular Activities: 120+ shadowing hours, President/Founder of my universities POPS, A.E.D. officer, lots of volunteering, molecular biology research, & Chemistry lab TA.
Schools applied: UHCO, UAB, SCO, UIWRSO, & NSU
Interviews extended/date: SCO 7/23, UAB 8/6, UIWRSO 8/7
Interviews accepted: SCO 9/9, UAB 9/20, UIWRSO 9/13, NOVA 9/27
Interviews declined:
Rejections/date:
Acceptance/date:
 
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Jun 14, 2018
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Date Optomcas Submitted: July 8, 2019
Date Verified: July 16, 2019
OAT Scores: 360 AA, 380 TS
Major: Physical Chemistry
Minor: Software Development
GPA: 3.91
sGPA: 3.99
Extracurricular activities: Long walks on the beach with my dog, 3 years of Ophthalmic scrubbing, Visit Optometrist once a year
Schools applied: PUCO, SCO, OSU, NECO, Houston, KYCO
Interviews: PUCO - October 4th

Still waiting on the other stuff. Good luck everyone.
 
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May 10, 2019
16
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Status
Pre-Optometry
Date OptomCAS submitted: 7/22/2019
Date verified: 7/25/2019
OAT Scores: 370 AA, 370TS
Major: Chemistry
GPA: 4.0
sGPA: 4.0
Extracurricular Activities: 3 years technician at private practice, 500+ hours shadowing, Guatemala mission trip, pre-med society president, hospital volunteer 1.5 yrs, lab assistant for general chemistry, fraternity member, greek honor society, and other volunteering.
Schools applied: IUSO, OSU, ICO
Interviews extended/date: OSU 7/23/19, scheduling interview soon! IUSO 7/25/19
Interviews accepted: OSU 8/9/19, IUSO 9/6/19
Interviews declined:
Rejections/date:
Acceptance/date:

So excited to be done with the application and OAT, now we wait!
 
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ronzroyce97

2+ Year Member
Jul 14, 2017
89
18
Status
Pre-Optometry
Date OptomCAS submitted: 7/22/2019
Date verified:
OAT Scores: 370 AA, 370TS
Major: Chemistry
GPA: 4.0
sGPA: 4.0
Extracurricular Activities: 3 years technician at private practice, 500+ hours shadowing, Guatemala mission trip, pre-med society president, hospital volunteer 1.5 yrs, lab assistant for general chemistry, fraternity member, greek honor society, and other volunteering.
Schools applied: IUSO, OSU, ICO
Interviews extended/date:
Interviews accepted:
Interviews declined:
Rejections/date:
Acceptance/date:

So excited to be done with the application and OAT, now we wait!
Amazing stats, when you get acceptances make sure to ask about scholarships, with your stats you should be able to get at least $40k from each school you applied to if not more.
 
Dec 9, 2018
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Date OptomCAS submitted: 7/22/2019
Date verified:
OAT Scores: 370 AA, 370TS
Major: Chemistry
GPA: 4.0
sGPA: 4.0
Extracurricular Activities: 3 years technician at private practice, 500+ hours shadowing, Guatemala mission trip, pre-med society president, hospital volunteer 1.5 yrs, lab assistant for general chemistry, fraternity member, greek honor society, and other volunteering.
Schools applied: IUSO, OSU, ICO
Interviews extended/date:
Interviews accepted:
Interviews declined:
Rejections/date:
Acceptance/date:

So excited to be done with the application and OAT, now we wait!
wow
 
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Jul 22, 2019
21
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Pre-Optometry
Date OptomCAS submitted: 7/22/2019
Date verified: 7/25/2019
OAT Scores: 370 AA, 370TS
Major: Chemistry
GPA: 4.0
sGPA: 4.0
Extracurricular Activities: 3 years technician at private practice, 500+ hours shadowing, Guatemala mission trip, pre-med society president, hospital volunteer 1.5 yrs, lab assistant for general chemistry, fraternity member, greek honor society, and other volunteering.
Schools applied: IUSO, OSU, ICO
Interviews extended/date: OSU 7/23/19, scheduling interview soon! IUSO 7/25/19
Interviews accepted: OSU 8/9/19, IUSO 9/6/19
Interviews declined:
Rejections/date:
Acceptance/date:

So excited to be done with the application and OAT, now we wait!
Wow amazing stats!! Out of all that you applied, which is your number one?
 
Apr 26, 2018
8
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Pre-Medical

13/23 listed schools include GRE under "other accepted tests".

Given that we can submit other exams instead, do you know what scores for GRE and MCAT would be considered competitive ? I’ve already given my MCAT and was about to pay for my OAT , but if I can write the GRE instead or use my MCAT , that would be great, but again , depends on what scores would be considered competitive. Any insight would be appreciated!
 
May 10, 2019
16
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Status
Pre-Optometry
Wow amazing stats!! Out of all that you applied, which is your number one?
Probably IUSO right now. I’m from Indiana, so in-State tuition would be nice especially if I can get a decent scholarship. I’m also considering OSU because it is a great school! ICO has not reached out to me yet.
 
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Ojos14

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Feb 9, 2016
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Optometrist
Given that we can submit other exams instead, do you know what scores for GRE and MCAT would be considered competitive ? I’ve already given my MCAT and was about to pay for my OAT , but if I can write the GRE instead or use my MCAT , that would be great, but again , depends on what scores would be considered competitive. Any insight would be appreciated!
I'm not familiar enough with either of those tests, but I would assume that anything in the 80th percentile or better would be adequately competitive. I hope someone else has better insight.
 
Aug 7, 2019
13
12
Status
Pre-Optometry
Date OptomCAS submitted: 07/15/19
Date verified:
OAT Scores: 390 AA; 400 TS
Major: Microbiology
GPA: 3.95
Extracurricular Activities: Optometric tech at private practice x 1.5 years, Exec board for Optometry Club, Non-profit work organizing mobile health clinics, STEM TA 2+ years, Research Assistant, Volunteer at Ophthalmology clinic, 50 hours of shadowing
Schools applied: OSU, NOVA, SCO
Interviews extended/date:
Interviews accepted: 08/09 (SCO) , 08/16 (NOVA) , 08/23 (OSU)
Interviews declined: None
Rejections/date:
Acceptance/date: 08/14 (SCO)
 
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Jun 10, 2019
2
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Status
Pre-Optometry
Date OptomCAS submitted: 07/23/2019
Date verified: 07/24/2019
OAT Scores: aa- 360; ts- 340
Major: biology (w/ religion minor)
GPA: cumulative- 3.58; overall science- 3.40
Extracurricular Activities: campus ministry leadership, pre-pharmacy society, residence hall council member, dining hall student employee, university student bus driver, tutor, pre-optometry society, waitress, optometric technician, study abroad (2 campus ministries while abroad), honors program + graduated with honors
Schools applied: UAB and ICO
Interviews extended/date: UAB (08/01/2019)
Interviews accepted: UAB (08/24/2019)
Interviews declined:
Rejections/date:
Acceptance/date:
 
Jul 22, 2019
21
3
Status
Pre-Optometry
Date OptomCAS submitted: 7/18/2019
Date verified: 7/22/2019
OAT Scores: 320 AA/300 TS
Major: Cellular and Molecular Biology
GPA: 3.65 overall; 3.55 science
Extracurricular Activities: 120+ shadowing hours, President/Founder of my universities POPS, A.E.D. officer, lots of volunteering, molecular biology research, & Chemistry lab TA.
Schools applied: UHCO, UAB, SCO, UIWRSO, & NSU
Interviews extended/date: SCO 7/23, UAB 8/6
Interviews accepted: SCO 9/9, UAB 9/20
Interviews declined:
Rejections/date:
Acceptance/date:
Amazing stats! Which school is your number one if you dont mind me asking? I applied to similar ones but my stata are no where near as stellar
 
May 15, 2019
2
2
Status
Pre-Optometry
Date OptomCAS submitted: 08/04
Date verified: 08/05
OAT Scores: 300 AA/280 TS
Major: applied human biology
GPA: 3.1
Extracurricular Activities: 2 years optometric tech, 50 hours shadowing different locations, lots of volunteer,
Schools applied: SCCO, Western U, PUCO, KYCO, UIWRSO, UHCO, SCO
Interviews extended/date: western u (08/08), KYCO (08/08)
Interviews accepted: western (09/13)
Interviews declined:
Rejections/date:
Acceptance/date:
 
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Apr 13, 2019
13
2
Status
Pre-Health (Field Undecided)
Date OptomCAS submitted: 07/31/19
Date verified: 08/01/19
OAT Scores: 320AA / 300 TS
Major: Psychology
GPA: 3.43 overall; 3.71 science
Extracurricular Activities: 3 years as lead opthalmic tech, 80+ hours shadowing, hosting free basic vision screening, volunteering, VP HKSA, VP Badminton Club, 1 year marketing analyst for LG
Schools applied: ICO, PCO, SUNY, UMSL
Interviews extended/date: PCO (08/05), UMSL (08/09)
Interviews accepted: PCO (09/09), UMSL (09/16)
Interviews declined:
Rejections/date:
Acceptance/date:
 
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Mar 22, 2018
11
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Status
Pre-Optometry
Date OptomCAS submitted: 7/24/19 (for ICO, AZCOPT, and UIWRSO), 7/31/19 (for SCCO)
Date verified: 7/25/19 (for ICO, AZCOPT, and UIWRSO), 8/5/19 (for SCCO)
OAT Scores: 380 AA, 390 TS
Major: Chemistry (w/ Fine Arts minor)
GPA: 3.84 cumulative, 3.77 overall science
Extracurricular Activities: 1 year as an optometric technician, combined 80+ hours shadowing private practice and retail, lots of volunteer experience, treasurer of Intercultural Student Network, campus ministry, Carroll Outreach Team, president of Circle K, chemistry lab aide, library aide
Schools applied: ICO, UIWRSO, AZCOPT, SCCO
Interviews extended/date: AZCOPT (7/26), UIWRSO (8/1), SCCO (8/5), ICO (8/22)
Interviews accepted: AZCOPT (8/23), UIWRSO (10/11), SCCO (9/13), ICO (to be scheduled)
Interviews declined:
Rejections/date:
Acceptance/date:
 
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Jul 22, 2019
21
3
Status
Pre-Optometry
UHCO is my number one, I am from Texas. SCO or UAB are my next choices!
You will get it! I was looking at UH stats and it looks like they mostly accept in state apps. Since I'm out of state, I've already made the assumption I might not be going there.
 
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moonstone171

5+ Year Member
Jul 31, 2014
3
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Hello everyone,

Could you please show me how to create the blank between paragraphs on OptomCAS essay? Because when I go to check status. I cannot see any blank between paragraphs I made. Thanks.
 
Jul 22, 2019
21
3
Status
Pre-Optometry
Hello everyone,

Could you please show me how to create the blank between paragraphs on OptomCAS essay? Because when I go to check status. I cannot see any blank between paragraphs I made. Thanks.
It wont show the blanks just where ever you start a new line. It's not a big deal though.
 
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Feb 14, 2019
3
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Status
Pre-Optometry
Date OptomCAS submitted: 7/22/2019
Date verified: 7/25/2019
OAT Scores: 370 AA, 370TS
Major: Chemistry
GPA: 4.0
sGPA: 4.0
Extracurricular Activities: 3 years technician at private practice, 500+ hours shadowing, Guatemala mission trip, pre-med society president, hospital volunteer 1.5 yrs, lab assistant for general chemistry, fraternity member, greek honor society, and other volunteering.
Schools applied: IUSO, OSU, ICO
Interviews extended/date: OSU 7/23/19, scheduling interview soon! IUSO 7/25/19
Interviews accepted: OSU 8/9/19, IUSO 9/6/19
Interviews declined:
Rejections/date:
Acceptance/date:

So excited to be done with the application and OAT, now we wait!
Have you filled out the IUSO supplemental app?
 
May 10, 2019
16
21
Status
Pre-Optometry
Have you filled out the IUSO supplemental app?
I have not! I received an email that said they are having trouble with the application that is supposed to be resolved at the beginning of September. I am attending the admission day on Sept 6!
 
Jul 22, 2019
21
3
Status
Pre-Optometry
Date OptomCAS submitted: 7/12/19
Date verified: 7/22/19
OAT Scores: 310/310
Major:
GPA: 3.80/3.65
Extracurricular Activities:
Schools applied: UIWSRO, UHCO, AZCOPT, SCO, OSU, UMSL
Interviews extended/date: OSU 8/12, SCO 7/22, AZCOPT 7/26
Interviews accepted: SCO, OSU, AZCOPT
Interviews declined:
Rejections/date:
Acceptance/date:
 
Mar 24, 2018
26
5
Status
Pre-Medical, Pre-Optometry
I have not! I received an email that said they are having trouble with the application that is supposed to be resolved at the beginning of September. I am attending the admission day on Sept 6!
Was the admission day something you were invited to or just something you're doing on your own?
 
May 10, 2019
16
21
Status
Pre-Optometry
Was the admission day something you were invited to or just something you're doing on your own?
I was invited to it. It is IUSO’s “interview.” You aren’t actually interviewed 1 on 1 or 2 on 1. You spend the day with current students and faculty and speak with them throughout the day while listening to info sessions and eating lunch.
 
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May 15, 2019
2
2
Status
Pre-Optometry
Date OptomCAS submitted: 7/24/19 (for ICO, AZCOPT, and UIWRSO), 7/31/19 (for SCCO)
Date verified: 7/25/19 (for ICO, AZCOPT, and UIWRSO), 8/5/19 (for SCCO)
OAT Scores: 380 AA, 390 TS
Major: Chemistry (w/ Fine Arts minor)
GPA: 3.84 cumulative, 3.77 overall science
Extracurricular Activities: 1 year as an optometric technician, combined 80+ hours shadowing private practice and retail, lots of volunteer experience, treasurer of Intercultural Student Network, campus ministry, Carroll Outreach Team, president of Circle K, chemistry lab aide, library aide
Schools applied: ICO, UIWRSO, AZCOPT, SCCO
Interviews extended/date: AZCOPT (7/26), UIWRSO (8/1), SCCO (8/5)
Interviews accepted: AZCOPT (9/13), UIWRSO (10/11), SCCO
Interviews declined:
Rejections/date:
Acceptance/date:
When is your interview with SCCO?
 
Jul 22, 2019
21
3
Status
Pre-Optometry
Date OptomCAS submitted: 7/24/19 (for ICO, AZCOPT, and UIWRSO), 7/31/19 (for SCCO)
Date verified: 7/25/19 (for ICO, AZCOPT, and UIWRSO), 8/5/19 (for SCCO)
OAT Scores: 380 AA, 390 TS
Major: Chemistry (w/ Fine Arts minor)
GPA: 3.84 cumulative, 3.77 overall science
Extracurricular Activities: 1 year as an optometric technician, combined 80+ hours shadowing private practice and retail, lots of volunteer experience, treasurer of Intercultural Student Network, campus ministry, Carroll Outreach Team, president of Circle K, chemistry lab aide, library aide
Schools applied: ICO, UIWRSO, AZCOPT, SCCO
Interviews extended/date: AZCOPT (7/26), UIWRSO (8/1), SCCO (8/5)
Interviews accepted: AZCOPT (8/23), UIWRSO (10/11), SCCO (9/13)
Interviews declined:
Rejections/date:
Acceptance/date:
Wow you heard back so fast! And amazing stats btw, congrats! Which is your number one if you dont mind me asking?
 
Mar 22, 2018
11
2
Status
Pre-Optometry
Wow you heard back so fast! And amazing stats btw, congrats! Which is your number one if you dont mind me asking?
Yes I did haha I was so surprised by how quickly I heard back. Thank you so much! Congratulations for you also for getting interviews! My number one at the moment is ICO what about you?
 
Aug 7, 2019
13
12
Status
Pre-Optometry
Date OptomCAS submitted: 07/15/19
Date verified:
OAT Scores: 390 AA; 400 TS
Major: Microbiology
GPA: 3.95
Extracurricular Activities: Optometric tech at private practice x 1.5 years, Exec board for Optometry Club, Non-profit work organizing mobile health clinics, STEM TA 2+ years, Research Assistant, Volunteer at Ophthalmology clinic, 50 hours of shadowing
Schools applied: OSU, NOVA, SCO
Interviews extended/date:
Interviews accepted: 08/09 (SCO) , 08/16 (NOVA) , 08/23 (OSU)
Interviews declined: None
Rejections/date:
Acceptance/date: 08/14

Accepted into SCO (08/14)!
 
Jul 22, 2019
21
3
Status
Pre-Optometry
Yes I did haha I was so surprised by how quickly I heard back. Thank you so much! Congratulations for you also for getting interviews! My number one at the moment is ICO what about you?
Ooo nice you should like it there and get in! I want to go to UIWSRO but they havent contacted me yet. I'm trying to remain hopeful and say to myself it's still early even though I've heard from 3 others already. *shrugs*
 
Mar 25, 2019
4
0
Status
Pre-Optometry
Has anyone heard from ICO yet? :unsure:
They are my number one and I've received interviews from SCCO, OSU, SCO, NECO, Salus, Midwestern (Arizona) and MCPHS so I was feeling deflated not hearing anything at all from ICO. Do they send out interviews later than other schools?
I am deciding if I should take more interviews just in case or if I should wait it out since ICO is really my number one.

Good luck to all!!
 
Mar 22, 2018
11
2
Status
Pre-Optometry
Ooo nice you should like it there and get in! I want to go to UIWSRO but they havent contacted me yet. I'm trying to remain hopeful and say to myself it's still early even though I've heard from 3 others already. *shrugs*
Thank you! I'm sure you'll be able to get an interview soon. I haven't heard back from ICO yet so I understand how you feel. The schools are probably swamped with a lot of applications at this time, so it might take a little while to hear back I'm guessing.
 
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Mar 22, 2018
11
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Pre-Optometry
Has anyone heard from ICO yet? :unsure:
They are my number one and I've received interviews from SCCO, OSU, SCO, NECO, Salus, Midwestern (Arizona) and MCPHS so I was feeling deflated not hearing anything at all from ICO. Do they send out interviews later than other schools?
I am deciding if I should take more interviews just in case or if I should wait it out since ICO is really my number one.

Good luck to all!!
I'm in the same boat as you! ICO is also my number one. I haven't heard anything from ICO yet and I think this is the case for a few of the other students who have applied this year that I've asked. Their website says that it usually takes 3-4 weeks for them to get back to you, so I think it just takes time.
 
Mar 24, 2018
26
5
Status
Pre-Medical, Pre-Optometry
Decided to finally do one of my own...

Date OptomCAS submitted: 8/06
Date verified: 8/06
OAT Scores: 360AA, 340TS
Major: Neuroscience
GPA: 3.3
Extracurricular Activities: varsity athlete, officer in my sorority, lifeguard, peer mentor, hospital volunteer, 20+ hours of shadowing
Schools applied: IUSO, ICO, SCO, OSU, Salus, UHCO, UAB, UMSL, UIWRSO, NECO
Interviews extended/date: SCO (8/06), Salus (8/07), NECO (8/07), UMSL (8/08), UIWRSO (8/08), OSU (8/09), UAB (8/12), IUSO (8/14)
Interviews accepted: SCO (9/27), Salus (9/09), NECO (9/23), OSU (10/04), UAB (10/11), IUSO (9/06)
Interviews declined:
Rejections/date:
Acceptance/date:

Waiting to accept UMSL and UIWRSO interviews due to the sheer number of interviews I have (that I wasn't expecting!) depending on how my other interviews go
 
Apr 13, 2019
13
2
Status
Pre-Health (Field Undecided)
Has anyone heard from ICO yet? :unsure:
They are my number one and I've received interviews from SCCO, OSU, SCO, NECO, Salus, Midwestern (Arizona) and MCPHS so I was feeling deflated not hearing anything at all from ICO. Do they send out interviews later than other schools?
I am deciding if I should take more interviews just in case or if I should wait it out since ICO is really my number one.

Good luck to all!!
Judging from class of 2023 posts, I think we should be hearing back sometime next week (around the 21st or so)! My email from them received on 08/01 after my transcript was verified said I would hear back within 1-3 weeks. Don't worry too much!
 
Mar 24, 2018
26
5
Status
Pre-Medical, Pre-Optometry
Does anyone know what your chances of getting accepted are if you are invited to interview??
 
Mar 25, 2019
4
0
Status
Pre-Optometry
Judging from class of 2023 posts, I think we should be hearing back sometime next week (around the 21st or so)! My email from them received on 08/01 after my transcript was verified said I would hear back within 1-3 weeks. Don't worry too much!
Ugh thank you!!