How to Apply
The admissions cycle runs from July 1st through March 15th of any given year.
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. SCCO is pleased to be a participating OptomCAS school as we strive to make the application process more efficient and convenient for you.
The 12-13 Admissions Cycle has concluded.... Congratulations to all who applied!
The deadline to submit your application for the current admissions cycle concluded on March 15th. The next admissions cycle will begin Monday, July 1, 2013, for fall of 2014.
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 parents too. Click here for more information.
What does SCCO look for in a competitive applicant? Click here for advice.
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.
Request your High School Transcripts be sent to SCCO. Make arrangements with your high school to have them sent directly to:
Southern California College of Optometry
Office of Student Affairs
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.
Submit the supplemental application fee of $75.00. You will be contacted via email with instructions to pay this fee once your application is received by SCCO.
Request your OAT scores be sent to SCCO. This is performed on the OAT website and you must take the exam by the March 1st deadline.
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.
It takes two to three weeks before SCCO receives your verified application from OptomCAS. Since SCCO uses rolling admissions, it is best to apply early. You do not need to have taken the OAT to apply. OAT scores will be reported directly to SCCO from ASCO (OAT test administrator).
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 SCCO.
New for the 2012-13 admissions cycle will be a mandatory criminal background check. To read more information, click here.