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The SCO Admissions Office remains open during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are happy to answer any questions you may have. It’s best to send an email to [email protected], and we will respond as soon as possible. If your situation is unique or complex, please include your phone number in your email, and we will call you personally.
Due to COVID-19 disruptions, we are now accepting Pass/Fail grades for prerequisites taken during Winter, Spring and Summer 2020. We prefer a letter grade if the student has a choice, but Pass/Fail or Credit/No Credit will be accepted. Once the situation regarding COVID-19 stabilizes, we will evaluate our policy for the Fall 2020 term.
At this time, we have made no changes to our deadlines for Fall 2021 candidates. OptomCAS is set to open the application cycle on June 30, 2020, and we will accept supplemental applications as soon as the candidate has an OptomCAS ID. Should this change, we will update our website immediately.
Please note that the Optometry Admission Test (OAT) will be administered again beginning in May 2020. Prometric Testing Centers will reduce capacity by 50 percent through June to allow for more distance between test-takers.
The only way for appointments to be scheduled or rescheduled is through Prometric’s website. The most recent information regarding the OAT will be posted here.
For current updates regarding all optometry admissions processes, the best site to check is the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry. Stay safe!
You have chosen to apply to one of the nation's leading optometry schools—alma mater to 14 American Optometric Association Presidents with more than 80 years of graduating the best clinicians in the field.
The Admissions Office provides outstanding service throughout the admissions process, prompt and courteous responses to your questions and detailed literature that provides facts—not just fluff. We truly are committed to recruiting and retaining the best optometry school applicants.
Take time to learn about our admissions process and how you can become a stronger applicant.
SCO’s application process operates within OptomCAS, a centralized service that begins accepting applications June 30. Because of our rolling admissions infrastructure, SCO encourages interested students to apply early.
Applying to our optometry school requires numerous detailed steps in order to maintain structure and organization throughout the process. Before receiving consideration, the following must be submitted to SCO:
For detailed information on each step of the process, please visit our How to Apply page.
Enrollment at Southern College of Optometry requires at least 90 semester hours or 135 quarter hours at an accredited undergraduate institution. At least 30 semester hours must have been earned at a four-year college or university.
Additionally, candidates are required to complete all prerequisite courses before enrolling at the school. Note that you can apply before all prerequisite courses are completed; those courses simply need to be completed before enrollment.
If your prerequisite courses include classes taken online—or credits via AP/CLEP courses—we encourage you to contact the Admissions Office to further discuss your course history. We do accept specific online and AP/CLEP courses with official documentation but may recommend or require additional coursework.
For more information on academic information, prerequisite courses and more, please visit below.
Prospective SCO students submit applications on a rolling basis during the application cycle, so the importance of providing a detailed, competitive application is critical in order to be considered for admission to the program.
When our team reviews applications, we want to see how your experiences, education and knowledge stand apart from others in the highly competitive pool of candidates. In addition to providing all relevant and required documentation, the following factors may affect your candidacy:
Note that the items listed above are not the only considerations for admission. SCO examines the entire scope of each prospective student’s application in order to best understand the strength and well-roundedness of each candidate.
For more information, visit our Become a Competitive Applicant page.