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For the second year in a row, SCO navigated the complexities of a pandemic while successfully welcoming new students to Orientation. With a vaccine available to this year’s entering class, new students were able to enjoy in-person events designed to help them acclimate.
Several different topics were highlighted during the two-day program, including the history of the college, an introduction to SCO’s Clinical Programs, Academic Support, and even debt management via The Hayes Center for Practice Excellence.
Allergan generously provided breakfast, with Alcon Partners offering lunch and remarks offered by the AOA’s current Young OD of the Year, Erick Henderson, OD ’17.
In addition to the statistics featured on the opposite page, here are some additional interesting facts about this year’s entering class:
The Class of 2025’s average GPA was 3.66, and the average OAT of 338 is the highest in SCO history.
Seventy percent of the class is female, and 28 percent represent minorities, also a new record high for an SCO class.
This year’s class represents 96 different undergraduate institutions, with The Ohio State University being represented by the most students, followed by Mississippi State University and the University of Arkansas.
Orientation concluded with the White Coat and Honor Code Ceremony. Each student wore his or her coat into the ceremony to help maintain physical distancing. Students were recognized individually as they signed the college’s honor code. A recording of the ceremony is available on SCO’s YouTube channel.