• Livestream AMA: Join SDN as we welcome Dr. John Ligon, a Pediatric Oncologist with the National Cancer Institute on May 11th at 8:00 PM Eastern. Register now!
Nov 20, 2020
9
3
Status (Visible)
  1. Pre-Optometry
Hey guys I am applying to this current cycle unfortunately I applied a bit late like around December 1st, because I wasn't sure to send with my old OAT scored from August which were 260 AA/250. I retook it on December 11th and got no difference basically with 270AA/260.

My gpa after the Optomcas calculation is 3.0 overall (college transcript 3.2) and 2.8 for science I am currently taking microbiology, biochemistry, and orgo lab which I believe I have an A grade in most of them. Today I received an email of rejection from NECO and that was very discouraging and stressing. I applied to PCO, and MCPHS (which I am on the waitlist ). should I apply to other back up schools?


what are my chances and what should I do ? I need the most help I can get and advices please! I know I am weak candidate with these stats, but idk what to do? my extra activities are 50+ hrs of shadowing, Chem lab TA, An optometric assistant and training to become a scribe.
 
Last edited:
  • Like
Reactions: 1 user
Sep 5, 2020
65
30
Status (Visible)
  1. Pre-Optometry
Your gpa looks good ! As you know the OAT is low but still will work. Look up all the school's last admitted OAT scores. This will give you good backup programs to consider. I'll do some checking :)
 
Sep 5, 2020
65
30
Status (Visible)
  1. Pre-Optometry
Lower OAT scores accepted by these schools in no particular order are: Rosenberg, P. R., Pa CO, UMSL, MCPHS, KY, Western, MW-Chicago. All are under 310 average and some even under 300! Hope this helps some :)
 
About the Ads
Nov 20, 2020
9
3
Status (Visible)
  1. Pre-Optometry
Your gpa looks good ! As you know the OAT is low but still will work. Look up all the school's last admitted OAT scores. This will give you good backup programs to consider. I'll do some checking :)
Omg thank you so much I literally had anxiety attacks because of how scared I am ! I really appreciate this!
 
  • Like
Reactions: 1 user
Nov 20, 2020
9
3
Status (Visible)
  1. Pre-Optometry
Lower OAT scores accepted by these schools in no particular order are: Rosenberg, P. R., Pa CO, UMSL, MCPHS, KY, Western, MW-Chicago. All are under 310 average and some even under 300! Hope this helps some :)
Thank you so much for taking the time to help out !! PCO did seem to accept low oat as well but idk ! I will wait on MCPHS for now and if anything I will apply to the others as well!
 
  • Like
Reactions: 1 user
Aug 9, 2020
20
6
Status (Visible)
  1. Pre-Optometry
I would also consider taking the GRE, since almost all schools accept that now.
 
  • Like
Reactions: 1 user
Feb 11, 2020
19
7
Status (Visible)
  1. Pre-Optometry
Hey! Not sure if you are done applying but honestly making sure you have the experience/shadow hours/ good involvement with the community, a strong Personal statement along with strong recommendation letters I feel like will increase your chances of at least getting interviews and opening the door for you to let your personality shine through. If your school of choice isn't an option right now and you're really set on getting in there then I would recommend retaking the OAT - take your time. If you have to apply next cycle it's okay - I know it seems like everything is Go go go but if you're committed to getting in you will b/c that'll shine through in your interviews. Be confident, put in the work, say it out loud that you will get into optometry school and you will be a doctor of optometry and manifest it girl.

You got this!
 
  • Like
Reactions: 1 user

shevchenko277

5+ Year Member
Feb 22, 2016
75
38
Status (Visible)
  1. Optometry Student
Your GPA is decent and you have great optometric experience, extracurricular activities and shadowing. However, I think your OAT score is a little low. It’s possible that you can still be accepted this cycle but it may be best to retake the OAT one more time. DAT Bootcamp and coursesaver is best prep for the exam. There’s standardized board exams in Optometry school and some studies show a correlation with OAT scores even though I don’t necessarily agree with that. You can do it, good luck!
 
  • Like
Reactions: 1 user
Nov 20, 2020
9
3
Status (Visible)
  1. Pre-Optometry
Hey! Not sure if you are done applying but honestly making sure you have the experience/shadow hours/ good involvement with the community, a strong Personal statement along with strong recommendation letters I feel like will increase your chances of at least getting interviews and opening the door for you to let your personality shine through. If your school of choice isn't an option right now and you're really set on getting in there then I would recommend retaking the OAT - take your time. If you have to apply next cycle it's okay - I know it seems like everything is Go go go but if you're committed to getting in you will b/c that'll shine through in your interviews. Be confident, put in the work, say it out loud that you will get into optometry school and you will be a doctor of optometry and manifest it girl.

You got this!
Thank you so much !! I have gotten an interview at PCO few days ago and couldn't be happier ! hopefully I could make it!
 
Aug 19, 2020
10
3
Status (Visible)
  1. Pre-Optometry
Hey ! Not yet! I got an interview application for PCO few days ago but I am still listed as a waitlist for MCPHS cause of my OAT scores even thought I thought they don't require them.
How fast did MCPHS get back to you? I submitted my app last weekend and I havent had any update from them. I also got an interview offer from PCO a few days ago and I'm super excited!
 
  • Like
Reactions: 1 user
Nov 20, 2020
9
3
Status (Visible)
  1. Pre-Optometry
How fast did MCPHS get back to you? I submitted my app last weekend and I havent had any update from them. I also got an interview offer from PCO a few days ago and I'm super excited!
so they didn't really get back to me but when you submit your application, they reply with an email that has a link to the portal where you can check your status. I checked mine and it said waitlisted so I emailed them and they said I waitlisted because of my OAT scores but everyone else mentioned that they don't require it so I am confused.
 
Aug 19, 2020
10
3
Status (Visible)
  1. Pre-Optometry
so they didn't really get back to me but when you submit your application, they reply with an email that has a link to the portal where you can check your status. I checked mine and it said waitlisted so I emailed them and they said I waitlisted because of my OAT scores but everyone else mentioned that they don't require it so I am confused.
Oh I see, I also got that email but there is no status. the checklist is just filled :/ LOL actually I just checked and I'm on a waitlist to interview?? so strange who knew there was such a thing haha. Oh well...
 
Nov 20, 2020
9
3
Status (Visible)
  1. Pre-Optometry
Oh I see, I also got that email but there is no status. the checklist is just filled :/ LOL actually I just checked and I'm on a waitlist to interview?? so strange who knew there was such a thing haha. Oh well...
yes ! that's exactly what shows for me too! I am waiting to hear any updates from them.
 
About the Ads

Your message may be considered spam for the following reasons:

  1. Your new thread title is very short, and likely is unhelpful.
  2. Your reply is very short and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  3. Your reply is very long and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  4. It is very likely that it does not need any further discussion and thus bumping it serves no purpose.
  5. Your message is mostly quotes or spoilers.
  6. Your reply has occurred very quickly after a previous reply and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  7. This thread is locked.