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    Admission Events

    Various admissions events geared toward different interest levels are offered throughout the year.

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    Admission Events

    Various admissions events geared toward different interest levels are offered throughout the year.

Events, Tours, Advising Sessions & Presentations

Connect with SCCO Admissions + Student Ambassadors In Person or Virtually!

We love connecting with prospective students and have a variety of ways to do so in person and virtually. Group events and presentations offer a great opportunity for prospective students at all levels of interest to explore the optometry profession, SCCO's program, MBKU's campus, student life, and more. We look forward to connecting with you soon!

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During the Application Cycle which runs from July 1 through March 15 admissions officers schedule monthly drop in sessions to help candidates who have questions about their application. For the Fall 2024-25 cycle, we will be hosting these drop in sessions from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm PST on the following dates (click the date to join):


Date Time
Tuesday, August 20, 2024 11:00 am to 1:00 pm PST
Tuesday, September 17, 2024 11:00 am to 1:00 pm PST
Tuesday, October 15, 2024 11:00 am to 1:00 pm PST
Tuesday, November 5, 2024 11:00 am to 1:00 pm PST
Tuesday, January 21, 2025 11:00 am to 1:00 pm PST
Tuesday, February 11, 2025 11:00 am to 1:00 pm PST
Tuesday, March 11, 2025 11:00 am to 1:00 pm PST

If you are unable to join these sessions and would like to connect with Admissions for a one-on-one virtual appointment, please click here to register

Past 2024 Webinars: Missed our previous webinars hosted in 2024? We've got you covered! All event recordings can be found here on our SCCO Video page.


Mistakes to Avoid in your Optometry School Application | Wed, August 7, 2024 | Noon-12:30pm PT

As Admissions Officers, one of the most common questions we get (or sense) from prospective students is "What mistakes do people make on their application that cause them to not get into optometry school?" In this webinar, we'll cover what SCCO looks for in competitive applicants and the most common mistakes people make in their application that hold them back from getting an interview invitation. We'll also share tips on things you can do throughout your application to help you stand out! Click here to RSVP.


How EYE Prepared for my Interview  |  Wed, September 11, 2024  |  5:30-6:30pm PT

SCCO's Admissions Officers and Student Ambassadors co-host to share more about SCCO's interview process, how to prepare for your 1-on-1 interview with a faculty member, and what to expect on your interview day at SCCO! Click here to RSVP.


How EYE Studied for the OAT | Wed, September 25, 2024 | 5:30-6:30pm PT

Student Ambassadors share practical tips on how they studied for (and crushed) the Optometry Admissions Test (OAT). They'll share resources they found helpful, how they mapped out their study plan, tips for managing stress and anxiety surrounding the process and more! Click here to RSVP.


Tips for Applying to Grad School while Juggling A Busy Life | Wed, October 9, 2024 | 5:30-6:30pm PT

Feeling overwhelmed by the thought of adding grad school applications to your busy schedule? Whether you're an undergrad balancing classes or a professional managing work and other responsibilities, our Student Ambassadors understand your challenges. Join current optometry students as they share their experiences of juggling classes, clubs, family obligations, jobs, application preparations, OAT prep, interviews, and more. They did it, and you can too! Click here to RSVP.


Get to Know SCCO  |  Wed, October 23, 2024  |  5:30-7:00pm PT

Learn more about our program, the admissions process, what we look for in competitive applicants, and timeline tips for those considering applying this time of the year. then Connect with Current Students. The perfect event for pre-optometry clubs to host a watch party, or for individuals who aren’t involved in a club to join our community for support! Click here to RSVP.


Overcoming Imposter Syndrome during the Admissions Process  |  Wed, November 6, 2024  |  5:30-6:30pm PT

We all have those nagging thoughts in the back of our minds that threaten to hold us back from pursuing our dreams. No matter how hard we try or how much we achieve, it just never seems like enough as we compare ourselves to others. Join Admissions Officers and Student Ambassadors as we discuss how to focus on our strengths, stop comparing ourselves to others, and how to handle Imposter Syndrome during the Admissions Process. Click here to RSVP.


The 6 Things SCCO Looks for in Competitive Applicants  |  Wed, December 4, 2024 | 5:30-6:30pm PT

Admissions Officers share the 6 things SCCO looks for in Competitive Applicants, and Student Ambassadors share things they did to help stand out throughout the admissions process (some of the things they did will surprise you, and hopefully encourage you to think outside the box when applying to grad school!) Click here to RSVP.



Join us on select Fridays this summer to tour Marshall B. Ketchum University and learn more about our Optometry, PA and Pharmacy programs! Option for those interested in Optometry to also tour the University Eye Center at Ketchum Health and see where our students spend their time in clinic.

Click here to RSVP for tours in July.

To join us in August or beyond, click here to RSVP.

Can't make it in person? Don't worry we have you covered with our Virtual SCCO Campus Tour Video Here!

Looking for a great place to shadow? We'd love to host you at the University Eye Center at Ketchum Health in Anaheim! Experience clinic life, observe patient care, and chat with current students for a few hours as you shadow 3rd and 4th-year optometric interns and meet faculty. Click here to submit your request.



The Optometry Admissions Workshop is specifically designed for those preparing to enter optometry school in the next 1-2 years. Get tips and timeline advice from admissions officers, hear what SCCO looks for in competitive applicants and how to highlight your strengths in your application, learn about SCCO's program, hear presentations about Optometry Legislation, Interview Day Tips & attire and more! Click here to RSVP for the in person or virtual experience.

Join us for a dynamic virtual event designed to empower pre-optometry club leaders! In this FREE workshop, led by SCCO Admissions Officers and Student Ambassadors, you'll gain invaluable insights and practical strategies to build and lead a thriving pre-optometry club on your campus. From leadership structure to recruitment tactics, meeting planning to professional development, you'll learn everything you need to start the academic year off strong with your club members. Click here for details and to RSVP.

Saturday, January 25, 2025 | 9am - Noon PT

This event is designed for students who are still exploring health care professions. The event will include:

  • A presentation about our fully integrated model of Interprofessional Education at MBKU
  • Brief Overviews of each Program and Profession at MBKU (Optometry, Pharmacy, and PA)
  • Time to meet Admissions Officers and discuss the application timeline and tips for being a competitive applicant for the 3 programs
  • Hands-on labs led by Faculty and Student Ambassadors
  • Campus Tours

RSVP coming soon!

Saturday, February 1, 2025 | 3-6pm PT.

This event was created for students, by students! SCCO's Student Ambassadors created this event to let prospective and admitted students walk in their shoes to get an idea of what it's like to be an optometry student at MBKU. Current students will give presentations to share a "week at a glance" regarding schedules, extra curricular activities, support services, and more. We’ll also have campus tours, hands-on demos, and teach guests some basic service skills you can use during vision screenings! Students already admitted to the incoming class are encouraged to stay after the event for a hosted dinner to get to know classmates and upperclassmen. RSVP coming soon!

Saturday, April 26, 2025 | 8:30am-2:00pm PT

The Optometry Open House is geared toward those who want to learn more about the profession, the admissions process, and SCCO's program. It's perfect for anyone exploring professions, pre-optometry clubs to attend as a group, or for individuals who would like to bring a guest or come solo. The Open House will be held in person and virtually and will include presentations from the admissions team, current students, and faculty. RSVP coming soon!


Watch past webinar recordings, event recordings, and more on our SCCO Video Page.

Watch video interviews with faculty members, read encouraging articles written by Student Ambassadors, learn more about OAT prep, shadowing, Student Life, and more by visiting

Read Student Ambassador bios, hear their tips for prospective students, and find contact information so you can reach out anytime!