How to Apply

The 14-15 Admissions Cycle has concluded 
Congratulations to all who applied!

The deadline to submit your application for the current admissions cycle concluded on March 15.  The next admissions cycle will begin July 1, 2015, for the class entering in the fall of 2016.

Strategizing for next season’s admissions cycle?  Learn more about the process by attending an Admissions Workshop. Two sessions  are offered this summer. There is a session for families too.

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Just getting started and want to learn more about the admissions process? Learn more about our Admissions Requirements  and read our FAQs .

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 can 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.

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.  Since MBKU uses rolling admissions, it is best to apply early. You do not need to have taken the OAT to apply.  Students must request that official OAT scores will be reported directly to SCCO/MBKU from ASCO (OAT test administrator) AND self-report their scores through OptomCAS. If you retake the OAT, you must follow the same steps again.

As you prepare to apply, keep in mind that you do not need to have completed all requirements for admission, such as Prerequisite Requirements and the OAT at the time of application. 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 at MBKU.

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.

Just getting started and want to learn more about the admissions process?   Click here for FAQs.

Questions about OptomCAS or the admissions process?  Email them to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


Steps for Application

  1. Submit the OptomCAS application. This includes letters of recommendation, personal statement, 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 OptomCAS online application service can be accessed at  MBKU requires a supplemental application in addition to the centralized application. This supplemental application is included in your 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.
  2. Request your High School Transcripts be sent to MBKU (not to OptomCAS). Make arrangements with your high school to have them sent directly to:

    Marshall B. Ketchum University
    SCCO Office of Admissions
    2575 Yorba Linda Blvd
    Fullerton, CA 92831

    If you are going to hand deliver your high school transcripts, please make sure that they are sealed and signed across the back flap.
  3. Submit the supplemental application fee of $75.00. It takes 3-4 weeks before MBKU receives your verified application from OptomCAS. After MBKU receives your application, you will be contacted via email with instructions to pay this fee once your application is received by MBKU.
  4. Submit your OAT scores to MBKU. You must request that the scores be sent to SCCO/MBKU when you sign up for the OAT. You must also self-report your scores through OptomCAS. The exam must be taken by the March 1st deadline.
  5. Take a deep breath…  You did it!  Now it's time to sit back, relax (we know it's hard, but try!), and wait for us to contact you!  If you receive an interview invitation, you will be instructed to call in and schedule your interview date.  Click this link for an overview of the interview day.