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The road to optometry school

Discussion in 'Optometry' started by Polaris619, Apr 25, 2007.

  1. Polaris619

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    Hello everyone,

    Assuming that everyone here has been accepted into optometry school I would like to ask a simple question.

    I have been taking only general requirements for my school since I've been in college one year ago. Now I wish to major in optometry. So far I have a 2.5 gpa based on only general courses all students must take in my college. I have not taken any science courses or any other required courses for optometry school yet. I am planning to start taking required courses next semester. I know my gpa is low and I must pull up my grades from now on. I will most likely finish taking the pre requisites for optometry school in about 4 or maybe less years which gives me time to pull my gpa up to at least a 3.0 but of course I will shoot higher. Therefore, my question is if I still have a shot at getting into optometry school from where I stand till the time I earn my BS degree as long as I pull up my gpa?

    Thank you everyone
     
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  3. IndianaOD

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    Good luck, its always difficult to "pull up" a GPA. Means you are going to have to get a lot of A-s in what are usually more difficult classes. A 3.0 shouldn't be able to get into Opt school but you'll probably find a taker at one of the private schools. It might take getting into a master's program to get you in if you have trouble with the GPA. It can still be done though. If you wanted to go into a medical career why did you allow your GPA to sink so low?
     
  4. drbizzaro

    drbizzaro Varilux/Essilor Advocate
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    dont worry about it bro... i've seen many students with sub-par GPAs get into optometry school... GPAs of 2.4-2.7 have gotten into optometry schools (but you just need to spice up your application with some extracurriculars)

    you probably will not have a shot at berkeley or SCCO... so dont try there... go for NEWENCO... you'll get in...
     
  5. hfpepperbean47

    hfpepperbean47 You wish you were me
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    First of all, optometry is not an undergraduate major. The thing you need to do is take your pre-reqs, work harder, and get your grades up. Simple as that.
     

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