How to Apply

Admissions for Fall 2016

The 2015-16 admissions cycle has begun. Students applying for seats in SCCO’s class beginning fall of 2016 should apply during this cycle. Visit the OptomCAS online application to apply.

Here are some helpful tips regarding this year’s cycle:

  • The deadline for submitting your application through OptomCAS is March 15, 2016 at 9:00 p.m. PST.
  • High school transcripts are no longer an application requirement.
  • The last date to take the OAT and be eligible for the 2015-16 admissions cycle is March 1, 2016.
  • It takes three to four weeks before SCCO receives your verified application from OptomCAS, at which time you will then be prompted via email to pay SCCO’s application fee of $75.00.


General Admissions Information

All applications are submitted through a centralized application service known as OptomCAS. By utilizing a Centralized Application Service (CAS), prospective students will file one application that may be sent to multiple schools and colleges of optometry. MBKU is pleased to be a participating OptomCAS school as we strive to make the application process more efficient and convenient for you.

MBKU requires a supplemental application in addition to the centralized application. This supplemental application is included when completing the OptomCAS application and will be submitted as part of your centralized application; therefore, when you have completed the OptomCAS application you have also completed the supplemental application.

A completed application through OptomCAS includes letters of recommendation, personal statements, the supplemental application, and all undergraduate transcripts. Please be advised to thoroughly review and comply with the OptomCAS deadlines for submission of your undergrad transcripts.

The admissions cycle runs from July 1st through March 15th of any given year.

It takes 3-4 weeks before MBKU receives your verified application from OptomCAS. MBKU uses rolling admissions, so it is best to apply early.

You do not need to have taken the OAT to submit your application; however interviews will not be offered prior to receipt of OAT scores so applicants are advised to take the test before or soon after applying. The applicant must grant permission for SCCO/MBKU to access his or her OAT scores. Applicants will also self-report their OAT scores through OptomCAS. If you retake the OAT, you must follow the same steps again. The OAT must be taken by the March 1st deadline.

As you complete the OptomCAS application, it is not necessary to have completed all prerequisite requirements such as prerequisite coursework and the OAT. To be eligible to apply, you must be on track to take the OAT by March 1 and to finish all prerequisites by the end of summer term just prior to beginning fall classes here.

If you are provisionally accepted into the program, a criminal background check is required. For more information about the mandatory criminal background check, click here.

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