ADMISSIONS


FAQs

MBKU’s Admissions Office would be happy to answer any questions you may have, but here are a few that we get frequently. If you do not find the answer to your question here, please look around our website then email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  Answers refer to the O.D. program unless otherwise specified.


General Information

  1. What programs does MBKU offer?  Does MBKU have any dual programs?
  2. How much is tuition?
  3. Can I get Financial Aid?
  4. Is MBKU Accredited?
  5. Can I visit the campus?
  6. Does MBKU accept transfer or foreign students?
  7. Does MBKU offer scholarships?
  8. What is the student/faculty ratio at MBKU?
  9. Is MBKU visiting my school or Pre-Optometry Club?
  10. What events does MBKU have on campus for visitors?


Connecting with MBKU

  1. Email Us
  2. Advising By Phone
  3. Join Us on Facebook
  4. Blog on WordPress
  5. Check Us Out on YouTube
  6. Visit the Campus
  7. Explore Our Website
     

About Applying

  1. What do I need to do in order to apply?
  2. What is “Rolling Admissions?"
  3. Do I need my bachelor’s degree to apply to MBKU?
  4. Does it matter what school I graduate from or what major I choose?
  5. Is there a minimum GPA or OAT score?
  6. How can I make myself a competitive applicant?
  7. How should I study for the OAT?
  8. When should I take the OAT?
  9. Do OAT exam results expire?
  10. Can I get an advanced copy of the “Supplemental Application” essay questions for MBKU?
  11. Do prerequisite courses expire?
  12. Does MBKU require a high school transcript?
  13. Does MBKU accept AP credit?
  14. Can I take prerequisite courses online?
  15. Can I take prerequisite courses at a community college?
  16. Who should I ask to write my Letters of Recommendation (LORs)?
  17. What should I do if I’m not sure if my course satisfies the prerequisite requirement?
  18. Do all of my prerequisite courses need to be completed before I submit my application to OptomCAS?
  19. When does the application cycle begin & end for MBKU?
  20. How do I apply?
  21. How long after I submit my application to OptomCAS will I hear from MBKU?
  22. What is an Early Decision applicant?


Admissions & Interview Day

  1. Does MBKU do phone interviews?
  2. What is the interview day like?
  3. How should I prepare for the interview?
  4. What is the Alternate List?
  5. How does MBKU view Re-applicants?


Accepted Students

  1. What does the curriculum look like at MBKU?
  2. How early will I get to see patients?
  3. What are SCCO’s pass rates for the National Board of Examiners in Optometry Boards (NBEO Boards)?
  4. How does SCCO prepare students for the NBEO Board Exams?
  5. How does MBKU prepare students for getting a job after graduation?
  6. Can you please tell me more about the clinical program?
  7. What kinds of research opportunities are available to MBKU students?
  8. What percentage of students complete a residency program after graduation?
  9. What residencies does MBKU have to offer?
  10. Does MBKU require optometric instrumentation to be purchased from MBKU?
  11. What are the library hours and what resources are available?
  12. Is there a recreational area or fitness facility on campus?


Around MBKU

  1. Is Fullerton a safe area?
  2. Are there fun things to do in the Fullerton area?
  3. Where do MBKU students live?
  4. Do I need a car if I come to MBKU or is there public transportation?

 

General Information

  1. What programs does MBKU offer? Does MBKU have any dual programs?
    MBKU has four programs currently:
  2. How much is tuition?
     
  3. Can I get Financial Aid?
     
  4. Is MBKU Accredited?
    Yes. Historically, every accreditation site-visit by ACOE and WASC has resulted in full accreditation status. MBKU offers 18 different postdoctoral residency programs, with 32 residency positions. All programs are fully accredited and structured in accordance with the guidelines of the ACOE.
     
  5. Can I visit the campus?
  6. Does MBKU accept transfer or foreign students?
    • The Southern California College of Optometry does not accept transfer students or offer advanced standing under any circumstances. All applicants to our program must apply through OptomCAS and complete the entire four-year program. For more information about other optometry programs transfer policies, please visit ASCO’s website at http://www.opted.org and review the Annual Student Data Report.
    • For more information regarding foreign students or foreign doctors seeking optometric licensure in the U.S., please see the “Foreign Applicants/ Foreign Doctors Seeking U.S. Licensure/ Study Abroad” PDF located here: http://www.optometryadmissions.com/faqs.
       
  7. Does MBKU offer scholarships?
    MBKU offers scholarships to accepted student. Click here to view ongoing scholarships.
     
  8. What is the student/faculty ratio at MBKU?
    Students learn in 3 different settings at MBKU: lecture, lab, and clinic. The ratio for lectures is 100:1, for labs it is 15-18:1, for clinic it is 5-8:1.
     
  9. Is MBKU visiting my school or Pre-Optometry Club?
    Click here to check our “MBKU on the Road” schedule. If your school is not yet listed, feel free to email us and see if a visit is in the works! .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
     
  10. What events does MBKU have on campus for visitors?
    Please see our “Admissions Events” page by clicking here.


Connecting with MBKU

  1. Email Us: Feel free to email us with questions about MBKU’s pre-requisites, the admissions process, or about anything else on your mind. We have information to answer your questions available that we can email to you at any time. Dr. Jane Ann Munroe, Assistant Dean of Admissions: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Eryn Kraning, Director of Admissions: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
     
  2. Advising By Phone: If you would like a one-on-one counseling session, we’re happy to schedule phone calls to discuss your questions. Please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with your questions, date and time of your availability, and phone number. We will make an appointment for a counseling session by phone.
     
  3. Join Us on Facebook: Dr. Jane Ann Munroe, MBKU’s Assistant Dean of Admissions, hosts a Pre-Optometry club on Facebook. She along with MBKU students answer questions from prospective students. It is a great way to converse with students in our program, as well as receive up-to-date news of what’s going on at MBKU. Search Facebook for the “Official Pre-Optometry Group Southern California College of Optometry”. http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/MBKUadmissions/
     
  4. Blog on WordPress: Topics on a variety of subjects related to the admissions process and student life are discussed here: optometryadmissions.com.
     
  5. Check Us Out on YouTube: MBKU has a series on YouTube. Video themes range from Student Life to Admissions Tips. YouTube keyword Search “MBKU.” http://www.youtube.com/user/janeannmunroe#g/u
     
  6. Visit the Campus: The Spring Admissions Open House and Summer Admissions Workshops are excellent ways to get involved with our community. We also offer summer tours. If these options do not work for you or you would prefer an individual tour during the school year, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to set something up!
     
  7. Explore Our Website: You’re already on the website, but here are a few other key places to explore and learn more about our program and community:


About Applying

  1. What do I need to do in order to apply?
    Please see the “Applicant Planning” PDF located here: http://www.optometryadmissions.com/faqs.
     
  2. What is “Rolling Admissions?"
    Please see the “Rolling Admissions Explained” PDF located here: http://www.optometryadmissions.com/faqs.
     
  3. Do I need my bachelor’s degree to apply to MBKU?
    Yes.  You must have completed your degree before you begin classes at MBKU; however, you may apply while you are still finishing courses.
     
  4. Does it matter what school I graduate from or what major I choose?
    Please see the “Best Major and College” PDF located here: http://www.optometryadmissions.com/faqs.
     
  5. Is there a minimum GPA or OAT score?
    Please see the “Competitive Applicant Profile” PDF located here: http://www.optometryadmissions.com/faqs.
     
  6. How can I make myself a competitive applicant?
    Please see the “Competitive Applicant Profile” PDF located here: http://www.optometryadmissions.com/faqs.
     
  7. How should I study for the OAT?
    Please see our OAT test taking tips located on our blog: http://optometryadmissions.com/category/oat/.
     
  8. When should I take the OAT?
    You may take the OAT anytime, but because MBKU is on rolling admissions, the sooner you submit your application with OAT scores the better your chances are of getting an interview. Please see the “Timeline Strategy for Taking OAT” PDF located here: http://www.optometryadmissions.com/faqs.
     
  9. Do OAT exam results expire?
    Yes.  The OAT must be taken within two years of the opening date for any admissions cycle. OptomCAS determines the opening date for each admissions cycle. It generally falls on July 1 of each year.
     
  10. Can I get an advanced copy of the “Supplemental Application” essay questions for MBKU?
    Please see the “Essay Questions” PDF located here: http://www.optometryadmissions.com/faqs.
     
  11. Do prerequisite courses expire?
    No.
     
  12. Does MBKU require a high school transcript?
    No.
     
  13. Does MBKU accept AP credit?
    Yes. Click here for more information.
     
  14. Can I take prerequisite courses online?
    Yes, as long as the school is regionally accredited and the courses do not require a lab. Labs must be completed in a classroom setting. Virtual labs are not acceptable. For more information about accreditation and acceptable online options, please see the “Online Course Policy” PDF located here: http://www.optometryadmissions.com/faqs.
     
  15. Can I take prerequisite courses at a community college?
    Yes, as long as the school is properly accredited.  Please see the “Taking Courses at Community College” PDF located here: http://www.optometryadmissions.com/faqs.
     
  16. Who should I ask to write my Letters of Recommendation (LORs)?
    SCCO requires three LORs. One MUST be from and Optometrist. Two additional suggested sources are a faculty member and a personal professional reference such as an employer—someone who has known you over a long period of time. These are suggestions for a balanced LOR portfolio. Please see the “LOR Sources" PDF located here: http://www.optometryadmissions.com/faqs.
     
  17. What should I do if I’m not sure if my course satisfies the prerequisite requirement?
    First, check our list of Articulation Agreements to see if your school is there.  For more information about prerequisite course approval, please see the “Prerequisite Course Approval and Accreditation” PDF located here: http://www.optometryadmissions.com/faqs.
     
  18. Do all of my prerequisite courses need to be completed before I submit my application to OptomCAS?
    No. In order to submit your application, you do not need to have completed your degree, or your prerequisite courses, you just need to be on track to do so.  Prerequisites must be completed before you begin classes at MBKU mid-August.
     
  19. When does the application cycle begin & end for MBKU?
    MBKU’s cycle runs from July 1st to March 15th.
     
  20. How do I apply?
    MBKU only accepts applications through OptomCAS. To fill out an application, go to www.optomcas.org.
     
  21. How long after I submit my application to OptomCAS will I hear from MBKU?
    Around 4-5 weeks. After you hit “submit”, your application goes to OptomCAS. It takes them about 3 weeks to verify the information and send it to the various schools. Once we receive your application from OptomCAS, you will get an email requesting that you pay the supplemental fee. Once you pay the fee, MBKU’s review process will begin and usually takes about a week. If you have not heard from MBKU a week after paying your supplemental application fee, you may contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to request an update on your status.
     
  22. What is an Early Decision applicant?
    Early Decision is a term used to describe an applicant who applies to optometry school after their sophomore year in undergrad which is one year earlier than would a traditional applicant.  With more and more students deciding on careers in high school and even middle school, Early Decision is becoming a more favorable option. Being accepted as an Early Decision applicant affords many benefits.  For more information about Early Decision, please see the “Early Decision Qualification” PDF located here: http://www.optometryadmissions.com/faqs.
     

Admissions & Interview Day

  1. Does MBKU do phone interviews?
    No. MBKU conducts interviews in person, on campus only.
     
  2. What is the interview day like?
    Your interview day will be about 5 hours long on a Saturday in either a morning or afternoon time slot. It will consist of a 40 minute interview with a faculty member, a Financial Aid briefing, a missing coursework review with the Assistant Dean of Admissions and brief meeting with the Director of Admissions. You will learn more about the Academic Program and Clinical Program during a plenary session, as well as hear from a Student Panel.   You will also be treated to lunch with first year Student Ambassadors to learn more about community at MBKU. For more detailed information about the interview day, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and request the FAQ “The Interview: The Second Qualifying Round.”
     
  3. How should I prepare for the interview?
    Please see the “Interview Etiquette and Importance of Appearance” and "Overcoming the Nervous Interview” PDFs located here: http://www.optometryadmissions.com/faqs.
     
  4. What is the Alternate List?
    Please see the “Alternate List Explained” PDF located here: http://www.optometryadmissions.com/faqs.
     
  5. How does MBKU view Re-applicants?
    Please see the “Reapplying” PDF located here: http://www.optometryadmissions.com/faqs.


Accepted Students

  1. What does the curriculum look like at MBKU?
    MBKU’s curriculum is broken down by year, and can be found on our website by clicking here.
     
  2. How early will I get to see patients?
    MBKU's Enhancement Program is where 1st year students work with upperclassmen in an observation capacity.  Students see their very first patient in the University Eye Center in the 2nd quarter of their second year.
     
  3. What are SCCO’s pass rates for the National Board of Examiners in Optometry Boards (NBEO Boards)?
    SCCO’s students score well above the national average on the NBEO Exams.  For information on how SCCO’s students score on the NBEO Exams, please see the “Reapplying” PDF located here: http://www.optometryadmissions.com/faqs.
     
  4. How does SCCO prepare students for the NBEO Board Exams?
    Third year students take NBEO exams in their second quarter. SCCO provides a little more than three weeks of study time to prepare for these exams. During these three weeks, students have no lectures; however, they still must complete their patient care responsibilities in clinic. SCCO students can opt to take a NBEO exam preparation course offered by KMK Educational Services. Visit their website at http://www.kmkedu.com for more information.
     
  5. How does MBKU prepare students for getting a job after graduation?
    MBKU emphasizes the importance of understanding the business of practicing optometry.  To date, MBKU has more practice management curriculum hours in its program than any other school. Students are required to take several practice management courses, and are encouraged to join the Private Practice Club on campus. We also have the Practice Management Center available for all SCCO Alumni.
     
  6. Can you please tell me more about the clinical program?
    • To check out the University Eye Center's website, go to www.sccoeyecare.com.
    • Fourth-year MBKU students perform four three-month rotations –- one on campus at the University Eye Center and the other three at one of over 80 outreach clinical sites. Students decide on which sites they want based on their specific interests, allowing them to tailor the last year of their education to meet their needs.  MBKU's clinical sites span the United States, and we also have sites in Japan.  MBKU's clinical facilities have been very successful in supplying the necessary patient base and as a result, an intern will see upwards of 1,800 patients before graduation. MBKU’s Outreach Program is world-renown.
       
  7. What kinds of research opportunities are available to MBKU students?
    Marshall B. Ketchum University has a strong track record of research, including that undertaken by faculty and students. Research projects at MBKU represent a broad spectrum of disciplines within vision research. These include the areas of pediatric optometry and binocular vision, cornea and contact lenses, ocular disease, rehabilitative vision and professional curriculum development. Click here for more information.
     
  8. What percentage of students complete a residency program after graduation?
    The number varies each year, but typically around 1/3 of our students go on to residency programs.
     
  9. What residencies does MBKU have to offer?
    Click here for more information.
     
  10. Does MBKU require optometric instrumentation to be purchased from MBKU?
    MBKU’s Campus Store collaborates with faculty members and vendors to provide our students with the best equipment at the most affordable cost. Students are automatically billed each quarter for the instrumentation and materials needed for that quarter, then provided with the materials. An engraving machine is available free of charge to students in the Campus Store to personalize equipment.
     
  11. What are the library hours and what resources are available?
    MBKU has four full-time library staff members who are available to assist students. For more information regarding hours of operation and resources, click here to visit the library’s website.
     
  12. Is there a recreational area or fitness facility on campus?
    Yes. MBKU’s fitness center and locker rooms are located next to the parking structure, and access is included in tuition. They feature cardio equipment, free weights, weights machines, and flat screen TVs. The men’s and women’s locker rooms have lockers, restrooms, and showers. If you prefer to exercise outdoors, there are many hiking and biking trailheads near campus, and a recreational park just up the street.  For a small fee, students may also use the Cal State Fullerton fitness center which includes a rock climbing gym, indoor jogging track, racquetball courts, cycling classes, pool, and access to intramural sports teams.


Around MBKU

  1. Is Fullerton a safe area?
    Yes. MBKU is located in a suburban neighborhood. Our 7 acre campus borders Cal State Fullerton, a fire station, apartments/condos/homes, and a greenbelt with a stream. It is not uncommon to see our students or Cal State students walking home from campus late at night. As an extra measure to ensure that our students feel safe anytime, we have Security Guards on campus 24/7 who constantly monitor the grounds. 
     
  2. Are there fun things to do in the Fullerton area?
    See for yourself - click here.
     
  3. Where do MBKU students live?
    Over half of our students live within a mile of campus in the many apartments, condos and homes surrounding the campus. MBKU has a housing list that we are happy to provide for you upon request to get a better idea of cost of living in Southern California. Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for the Housing List.
     
  4. Do I need a car if I come to MBKU or is there public transportation?
    MBKU is located in an affordable, safe, residential area where pedestrian traffic is common. Within a mile of campus there are a few grocery stores, pharmacies, countless places to eat, and a few department stores. Everything you need is within walking distance, but to get to the beach, mountains, Los Angeles, etc. you will need a car or know someone who has one.