2022 Admissions Workshop 📝

For the first time EVER the University President, SCCO’s Dean, faculty, alumni and students are coming together to help prospective students prepare to be competitive applicants. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about the admissions process, the program, and the people who make MBKU the best place […]

Timeline Strategy for Applying with Rolling Admissions

The admissions process can seem daunting. This article aims to help you understand SCCO’s admissions process a little better! Rolling Admissions Rolling admissions means that applications are processed as they are received. With rolling admissions, submitting your application early maximizes your chances for success because there are sure […]

Tips for Applying Early to Maximize the Summer Before Senior Year of Undergrad by SCCO Student Ambassador, Jacklyn Charbonneau

It can be said that a gap year offers a great opportunity to gain experiences, save money, and have time to refine your application. However, because I was eager to start optometry school and felt like I made the most of my undergraduate years, I opted not to take that gap year.  I had enjoyed my undergrad experience fully, I took every opportunity to be involved in variety of experiences by graduation.  To not take that gap year  was a personal choice for me that also meant finding ways to balance the OAT and application while still taking courses and finishing up my undergrad degree.

How I Got Back Into the Swing of Things After Taking 3 Gap Years by SCCO Student Ambassador, Christina Chapman

Before entering optometry school and after finishing undergrad, I took three years to “test out” optometry.

Deciding to attend optometry school can be a big decision to make, and I wanted to ensure that it was something I wanted to dedicate the rest of my life to. I worked full time in private practice to gain some preliminary skills which had the bonus of giving me incredible insights into the field. I also wanted a reset after finishing my undergraduate education. This time allowed me to rediscover some old hobbies like reading and cooking, and also to do some traveling. However, getting back into the swing of school, specifically optometry school, with a rigorous schedule was initially daunting.

Advice from Students Who Took Gap Years by SCCO Ambassadors Ally Tran & Karen Nguyen

Taking a gap year was the best decision I’ve made during my application process. Instead of rushing to fit a certain timeline, I decided to take a mental break from school and spend more time expanding my patient care experience. This extra time before optometry school helped me become a better prepared and more confident applicant when completing my applications.