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Nov 5, 2019
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I found that looking at the Class of 2024 thread was super helpful when applying and choosing which schools to apply to, so I thought I would create a 2025 thread to potentially help others! I am not sure if someone has already started something like this but feel free to copy and reply with your stats!! Good luck to everyone this cycle!!

Date OptomCAS submitted:
Date verified:
OAT Scores:
Major:
GPA (Overall/Science):
Schools applied:
Interviews extended/date:
Interviews accepted/date:
Interviews declined/date:
Rejections/date:
Acceptance/date:
 
Nov 5, 2019
9
29
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Pre-Optometry
I'm going to edit this post if/when schools get back to me but here is what I can share so far!

Date OptomCAS submitted: 7/13/2020
Date verified: 7/18/2020
OAT Scores: 340 AA / 330 TS
Major: Neuroscience
GPA (Overall/Science): 3.56 / 3.41
Schools applied: PCO, PUCO, SCO, ICO
Interviews extended/date: PUCO (7/31), SCO (8/7)
Interviews accepted/date: PUCO (9/25), SCO (8/13)
Interviews declined/date: -
Rejections/date: -
Acceptance/date: -
 
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Mar 30, 2020
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Pre-Optometry
I'm going to edit this post if/when schools get back to me but here is what I can share so far!

Date OptomCAS submitted: 7.13.2020
Date verified: 7.18.2020
OAT Scores: 340 AA / 330 TS
Major: Neuroscience
GPA (Overall/Science): 3.56 / 3.41
Schools applied: PCO, PUCO, SCO, ICO
Interviews extended/date: -
Interviews accepted/date: -
Interviews declined/date: -
Rejections/date: -
Acceptance/date: -

What do you guys think my chances are? I'm just nervous that COVID-19 is going to make this process much trickier :(
Hi! I believe you have a great chance in getting interviews and gaining acceptance at the schools you applied to! Your stats look great ! And don't be nervous, you will do great! Keep us updated!
 
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Jul 27, 2020
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Date OptomCAS submitted: July 15
Date verified: July 18
OAT Scores: 300/300
Major: Life Sciences
GPA (Overall/Science): 3.09/3.02
Schools applied: PCO, MCPHS, SCO, ICO, NOVA, IAUPR, Ferris State, Indiana
Interviews extended/date:
Interviews accepted/date:
Interviews declined/date:
Rejections/date:
Acceptance/date:

what do you guys think? My GPA and OAT scores are on the lower end but I have a lot of extracurricular involvement with almost 5 years of experience in working in an optometry office, shadowing several doctors and have a high leadership position at my university's optometry club.
 
Nov 5, 2019
9
29
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Pre-Optometry
Hi! I believe you have a great chance in getting interviews and gaining acceptance at the schools you applied to! Your stats look great ! And don't be nervous, you will do great! Keep us updated!
Thank you so much for the kind words, I think I just worry too much! I will definitely keep you updated!
 
Jul 2, 2020
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Pre-Optometry
Date OptomCAS submitted: 7/19/2020
Date verified: 7/22/2020
OAT Scores: AA: 330, TS: 350
Major: Biology
GPA: 3.58 overall, 3.48 science
Extracurricular Activities: OD tech (2 years), pharmacy tech, shadowing, volunteering, tutoring, teaching assistant for microbiology lab, and president of pre-optometry club.
Schools applied: PUCO, UCBSO, SCCO, OSU, NECO, and SUNY.
Interviews extended/date: NECO(7/27), PUCO(8/3), SCCO(8/4), UCBSO(8/10), SUNY(8/12),
Interviews accepted/date: NECO(8/17), PUCO(9/11), SCCO(9/1), UCBSO(8/25), SUNY(9/21),
Interviews declined/date:
Rejections/date:
Acceptance/date:
 
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Mar 27, 2020
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Pre-Optometry
Date OptomCAS submitted: 7/19/2020
Date verified: 7/22/2020
OAT Scores: AA: 330, TS: 350
Major: Biology
GPA: 3.58 overall, 3.48 science
Extracurricular Activities: OD tech (2 years), pharmacy tech, shadowing, volunteering, tutoring, teaching assistant for microbiology lab, and president of pre-optometry club.
Schools applied: PUCO, UCB, SCCO, OSU, NECO, and SUNY.
Interviews extended/date: NECO(7/27),
Interviews accepted/date: NECO(8/17),
Interviews declined/date:
Rejections/date:
Acceptance/date:
Thanks for adding extracurriculars. Good luck!
 
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Oct 18, 2019
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Pre-Optometry
Date OptomCAS submitted: 07/23/2020
Date verified: 07/27/2020
OAT Scores: 360 AA/350 TS
Major: Biology
GPA (Overall/Science): 3.55/3.56
Extracurricular Activities: Worked at 3 optometry offices, shadowed 2 optometrists, UCLA Jules Stein Eye Institute volunteer, pre-optometry club, volunteered at free health fairs, cabinet member for 2 years in my sorority
Schools applied: UCBSO, SCCO
Interviews extended/date: SCCO (8/4), UCBSO (8/10)
Interviews accepted/date: SCCO (9/2), UCBSO (8/25)
Interviews declined/date: 0
Rejections/date:
Acceptance/date:
 
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Jul 20, 2020
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Pre-Optometry
Date OptomCAS submitted: 7/7/20
Date verified: 7/15/20
OAT Scores: 360 AA/350 TS
Major: Biomedical Sciences with a minor in Business
GPA (Overall/Science): 3.88 overall, 3.78 science
Extracurricular Activities: worked in optometry office, shadowed 2 optometrists, couple of different volunteer groups, leadership position in sorority, part-time job
Schools applied: NECO, SCO, ICO, UAB, NOVA
Interviews extended/date: NECO (7/23), UAB (7/29), SCO (8/5)
Interviews accepted/date: NECO (8/21), UAB (8/25), SCO (8/13)
Interviews declined/date:
Rejections/date:
Acceptance/date:

Good luck to everyone!!
 
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5+ Year Member
Jan 28, 2014
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Date OptomCAS submitted: July 15
Date verified: July 18
OAT Scores: 300/300
Major: Life Sciences
GPA (Overall/Science): 3.09/3.02
Schools applied: PCO, MCPHS, SCO, ICO, NOVA, IAUPR, Ferris State, Indiana
Interviews extended/date:
Interviews accepted/date:
Interviews declined/date:
Rejections/date:
Acceptance/date:

what do you guys think? My GPA and OAT scores are on the lower end but I have a lot of extracurricular involvement with almost 5 years of experience in working in an optometry office, shadowing several doctors and have a high leadership position at my university's optometry club.
I think you have a fair chance! Keep positive and don't stress. It's good that you applied early
 
May 10, 2019
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Pre-Optometry
Date OptomCAS submitted: 07/03/2020
Date verified: 07/20/2020 (had to wait for transcripts)
OAT Scores: 300 AA/300 TS
Major: Neuroscience
GPA (Overall/Science): 3.85 overall, 3.55 science
Extracurriculars: Research Assistant 2 years, Teaching Assistant (Neuroscience Anat. Lab), Optometric Tech, Medical Clerk, Shadowed 5 doctors, Special Olympics Opening Eyes Volunteer, Autism Speaks Member, Attended 2 Summer Optometry Programs, Exec member of my Pre-Opt Club
Schools applied: NOVA, UAB, SCO, IUSO, AZCOPT, PCO
Interviews extended/date: AZCOPT (07/29), UAB (8/5), SCO (8/5), IUSO (8/13)
Interviews accepted/date: AZCOPT (08/12), UAB (8/26), SCO (8/13), IUSO (9/25)
Interviews declined/date:
Rejections/date:
Acceptance/date:

Good luck to everyone!
 
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Jul 31, 2020
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Pre-Optometry
Date OptomCAS submitted: 07/17/2020
Date verified: 07/21/2020
OAT Scores: 380 AA/ 400 TS
Major: Biology and Psychology
GPA (Overall/Science): 3.97 overall/ 3.99 science
Schools applied: NOVA, NECO, SCO
Extracurricular: Optometric technician for a year, shadowed multiple OD's in different specialties, medical fellowship in Spain, mission trips to Peru and Honduras, organic chemistry tutor, molecular genomics lab researcher
Haven't heard anything back yet but super excited!! Good luck everyone:)
Interviews extended/date:
Interviews accepted/date:
Interviews declined/date:
Rejections/date:
Acceptance/date:
 
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Mar 27, 2020
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Date OptomCAS submitted: 7/19/2020
Date verified: 7/22/2020
OAT Scores: AA: 330, TS: 350
Major: Biology
GPA: 3.58 overall, 3.48 science
Extracurricular Activities: OD tech (2 years), pharmacy tech, shadowing, volunteering, tutoring, teaching assistant for microbiology lab, and president of pre-optometry club.
Schools applied: PUCO, UCB, SCCO, OSU, NECO, and SUNY.
Interviews extended/date: NECO(7/27),
Interviews accepted/date: NECO(8/17),
Interviews declined/date:
Rejections/date:
Acceptance/date:
Hi! is your interview going to be in-person or virtual? =)
 
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Mar 27, 2020
22
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Status
Pre-Optometry
Date OptomCAS submitted: 7/7/20
Date verified: 7/15/20
OAT Scores: 360 AA/350 TS
Major: Biomedical Sciences
GPA (Overall/Science): 3.88 overall, 3.78 science
Extracurricular Activities: worked in optometry office, shadowed 2 optometrists, couple of different volunteer groups, leadership position in sorority, part-time job
Schools applied: NECO, SCO, ICO, UAB, NOVA
Interviews extended/date: NECO (7/23), UAB (7/29)
Interviews accepted/date: NECO (8/21), UAB (8/25)
Interviews declined/date:
Rejections/date:
Acceptance/date:

Still waiting to hear back from other schools and will update! Good luck to everyone!!
Hi! Are your interviews going to be in person or virtual?
 
Mar 27, 2020
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Status
Pre-Optometry
Date OptomCAS submitted: 07/03/2020
Date verified: 07/20/2020 (had to wait for transcripts)
OAT Scores: 300 AA/300 TS
Major: Neuroscience
GPA (Overall/Science): 3.85 overall, 3.55 science
Extracurriculars: Research Assistant 2 years, Teaching Assistant (Neuroscience Anat. Lab), Optometric Tech, Medical Clerk, Shadowed 5 doctors, Special Olympics Opening Eyes Volunteer, Autism Speaks Member, Attended 2 Summer Optometry Programs, Exec member of my Pre-Opt Club
Schools applied: NOVA, UAB, SCO, IUSOP, AZCOPT, PCO
Interviews extended/date: AZCOPT (07/29)
Interviews accepted/date: AZCOPT (08/12)
Interviews declined/date:
Rejections/date:
Acceptance/date:

Good luck to everyone!
Hi! Is your interview going to be in-person or virtual? =)
 
Apr 27, 2020
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Pre-Optometry
Date OptomCAS submitted: 07/29/2020
Date verified: 07/30/2020
OAT Scores: 350AA /350TS
Major: BS Psychology, Bioethics Minor & Health Promotion Minor
GPA (Overall/Science): 3.56 Overall/ 3.24 Science
Extracurricular Activities: summer of shadowing, 1 year optician, 1 year optometric tech, 4 years intern/community service with department of health and human services, summer intern/community service Mediterranean refugee camp, pre-optometry club, psychology club, sorority member, multiple other volunteer opportunities
Schools applied: NECO, IUSO, ICO, UH, SCO
Interviews extended/date: NECO 08/01, SCO 08/12, IUCO 08/13
Interviews accepted/date: NECO 09/11, SCO, IUCO 09/25
Interviews declined/date:
Rejections/date:
Acceptance/date:


I'll update as I hear more! Any advice on interview experiences at any of these schools (or really anywhere!) would be appreciated!!
 
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Jul 29, 2020
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Date OptomCAS submitted: 07/16/2020
Date verified: 07/22/2020
OAT Scores: 300 AA/300 TS
Major: Biology with a Minor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship
GPA (Overall/Science): Overall: 3.76/Science: 3.67
Schools applied: NSU, UAB, MCPHS, IUSO, CCO (Midwestern), KYCO, Salus and UMSL
Extra Curriculars: Historian of my Sorority (1 year), Director of Memebrship and Programming at the local chapter of NOW (On Going), Shadowed 1 Optometrist for 1 Semester, Worked as a Technician for 1 year, Own an online business and Volunteer with the Department of Blind Services.
Interviews extended/date: IUSO (8/3/20), KYCO (8/4/20), CCO (8/7/20), NSU (8/10/20), UMSL (8/12/20)
Interviews accepted/date: IUSO (9/4/20), KYCO (8/13/20), CCO (8/18/20), NSU (8/24/20), UMSL (9/11/20)
Interviews declined/date:
Rejections/date:
Acceptance/date:
 
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Jun 25, 2020
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Pre-Optometry
Date OptomCAS submitted: 07/07/2020
Date verified: 07/21/2020
OAT Scores: 330AA/310TS
Major: Chemistry
GPA (Overall/Science): Overall: 3.74/Science: 3.51
Schools applied: NECO, MCPHS
Interviews extended/date: NECO (7/24/2020)
Interviews accepted/date: NECO (08/21/2020)
Interviews declined/date:
Rejections/date:
Acceptance/date:

Will update and edit as time goes on. Really hoping to get into NECO as it is my top choice! Good luck to everyone applying/ interviewing.
 
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May 1, 2020
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Pre-Optometry
Date OptomCAS submitted: 7/19/2020
Date verified: 7/22/2020
OAT Scores: AA: 330, TS: 350
Major: Biology
GPA: 3.58 overall, 3.48 science
Extracurricular Activities: OD tech (2 years), pharmacy tech, shadowing, volunteering, tutoring, teaching assistant for microbiology lab, and president of pre-optometry club.
Schools applied: PUCO, UCB, SCCO, OSU, NECO, and SUNY.
Interviews extended/date: NECO(7/27), PUCO(8/3), SCCO(8/4),
Interviews accepted/date: NECO(8/17), PUCO(9/11), SCCO(9/1),
Interviews declined/date:
Rejections/date:
Acceptance/date:
did you hear back from OSU yet?
 

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Oct 1, 2015
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Status
Pre-Optometry
Date OptomCAS submitted: 8/3/20
Date verified: 8/6/20
OAT Scores: 320AA/320TS
Major: Biology w minors in forensics/criminal justice
GPA (Overall/Science): 3.60/3.32
Schools applied: IUSO, KYCO
Interviews extended/date:
Interviews accepted/date:
Interviews declined/date:
Rejections/date:
Acceptance/date:

Will update!
 
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Mar 27, 2020
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Status
Pre-Optometry
Date OptomCAS submitted: 07/31/2020
Date verified: 08/05/2020
OAT Scores: TBD
Major: Health Sciences, B.S.
GPA: 3.13 overall, 3.37 science
Extracurricular Activities: 14,000 hours work experience as optician/optometric tech/certified ophthalmic tech, web coordinator/social media promoter of pre-optometry club, member of professional touring handbell ensemble, Skin cancer Protection Friend(SPF) melanoma awareness advocate, optometric internship
Schools applied: AZCOPT
Interviews extended/date:
Interviews accepted/date:
Interviews declined/date:
Rejections/date:
Acceptance/date:
 

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Jun 15, 2017
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Date OptomCAS submitted: 07/31/2020
Date verified: 08/05/2020
OAT Scores: TBD
Major: Health Sciences, B.S.
GPA: 3.13 overall, 3.37 science
Extracurricular Activities: 14,000 hours work experience as optician/optometric tech/certified ophthalmic tech, web coordinator/social media promoter of pre-optometry club, member of professional touring handbell ensemble, Skin cancer Protection Friend(SPF) melanoma awareness advocate, optometric internship
Schools applied: AZCOPT
Interviews extended/date:
Interviews accepted/date:
Interviews declined/date:
Rejections/date:
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I'm in the same boat as you are you unable to take your OAT yet due to covid? If so have you spoken with AZCOPT?
 
Dec 30, 2019
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Pre-Optometry
Date OptomCAS submitted: 8/5/2020
Date verified: 8/6/2020
OAT Scores: AA: 340, TS: 330
Major: Biology
GPA: 3.64 overall, 3.56 science
Extracurricular Activities: Pharmacy tech, 150+ hours shadowing between 4 practices, volunteer at vision clinic, other non-optometry volunteering/tutoring
Schools applied: OSU, NECO, Salus, and NOVA
Interviews extended/date: NECO (8/13/2020)
Interviews accepted/date: NECO (9/11/2020)
Interviews declined/date:
Rejections/date:
Acceptance/date:

Will update as I hear back, really hoping to get into OSU but we will see what happens!
 
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Aug 8, 2020
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Pre-Optometry
Date OptomCAS submitted: 07/14/2020
Date verified: 07/20/2020
OAT Scores: AA: 270, TS: 260
Major: Biological Sciences, Minor in Chemistry
GPA (Overall/Science): 3.33 overall, 3.39 science
Schools applied: AZCOPT, CCO, UMSL, IUSO, PCO
Interviews extended/date: UMSL (08/06) and CCO (08/07)
Interviews accepted/date: UMSL (08/31) and CCO (08/18)
Interviews declined/date:
Rejections/date:
Acceptance/date:
 
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May 14, 2020
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Pre-Optometry
Date OptomCAS submitted: 07/14/2020
Date verified: 07/20/2020
OAT Scores: AA: 270, TS: 260
Major: Biological Sciences, Minor in Chemistry
GPA (Overall/Science): 3.33 overall, 3.39 science
Schools applied: AZCOPT, CCO, UMSL, IUSO, PCO
Interviews extended/date: UMSL (08/06) and CCO (08/07)
Interviews accepted/date: UMSL (08/31) and CCO (08/18)
Interviews declined/date:
Rejections/date:
Acceptance/date:
I have similar stats as you, but haven't submitted yet (about to do so)! Do you mind posting your extracurriculars as well?
 
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Aug 8, 2020
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I have similar stats as you, but haven't submitted yet (about to do so)! Do you mind posting your extracurriculars as well?
I plan to retake the OAT on August 29th! My extracurriculars include:
- 4 year collegiate varsity athlete
- 3 year president of Love Your Melon (an organization that supports pediatric cancer patients)
- 2 year student council representative of my university's life sciences club
- 4 year member of an athlete service organization at my university
- 3 year member of my university's pre-health society
- 3 year coordinator of various Be The Match and DKMS Bone Marrow Drives
- Approximately 72 hours of shadowing between two optometrists
- Acceptance into the Summer Eye Experience at Chicago College of Optometry
 
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