Connect with SCCO Admissions + Student Ambassadors!
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!
JOIN US IN PERSON
Save the Date: SCCO's Optometry Open House
Saturday, April 1, 2023 | 8:30 am-2 pm | RSVP will be available soon
Join us in person or virtually for our annual Optometry Open House to learn more about the profession and our program! We’ll provide an overview of the profession and highlight the various subspecialties within optometry, Student Ambassadors will share about their schedules and life as grad school students, and Admissions Officers will cover the admissions timeline and tips for being a competitive applicant. Guests will also have the opportunity to mingle with faculty, alumni, admissions officers, and Student Ambassadors during a self-guided campus tour with hands-on labs and more! You’re welcome to attend solo, with a pre-optometry club, or bring loved ones!
Friday Main Campus Tours
One Friday per month through May 2023 | See RSVP for exact dates
Join us one Friday a month to tour the MBKU main campus. Check out the lecture halls, labs, Student Union, and more with a Student Ambassador, then wrap up your visit with Admissions officers providing an application process overview and Q&A. Loved ones are welcome to attend as well! We look forward to hosting you soon! Click here to RSVP.
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Get To Know SCCO Events
Looking for a presentation for your pre-optometry or pre-health club to join to learn more about SCCO? You're in the right place! We're keeping these virtual sessions "PowerPoint lite" as Admissions Officers and Student Ambassadors co-host the events to share stories and real-life examples and even provide virtual tours as we broadcast live from campus. Whether you're coordinating a watch party or viewing solo, we look forward to giving you a glimpse into your future as an optometry student at MBKU!
March 21, 2023 | 5:30-7:00 pm PT | Get to Know SCCO + Student Ambassador Q&A: Learn More About Our Program and the Admissions Process, then Connect with Current Students (Perfect for Pre-Optometry Clubs to join as a group). RSVP will be available soon!
Live Events with Admissions Officers, Current Students and Faculty Members
February 15, 2023 | 5:30-6:30 pm PT | How to Be A Competitive Applicant Later in the Cycle + Q&A with Admissions Officers. Nervous about applying late in the cycle? Not sure if you should wait until next year? Join admissions officers to discuss your chances of getting in and what you can do to make yourself a competitive applicant for this cycle or next. Click here to RSVP.
Specialty Spotlight Series - Save the Dates!
Join 4th year student, Maeve McDonnell and 6 different faculty members for our Specialty Spotlight Series. They'll take you inside the University Eye Center at Ketchum Health for an in-depth look at the six specialties listed below to share about typical patient demographics, demonstrate equipment and technology utilized, as well as provide an overview of what a “day in the life” of an Optometrist who practices in this specialty might look like. This is a great way to learn more about optometry’s scope of practice! Click here to register for sessions.
February 22, 2023 | 6-7pm PT | Cornea Contact Lens
March 2, 2023 | 6-7pm PT | Comanaging with Opthalmology
March 9, 2023 | 6-7pm PT | Primary Care and Ocular Disease
March 14, 2023 | 6-7pm PT | Low Vision Rehabilitation
March 23, 2023 | 6-7pm PT | Pediatrics
March 30, 2023 | 6-7pm PT | Vision Therapy
Zoom Drop In Hours
Student Ambassadors | Tuesdays | 6-7 pm PT | Want to chat with a current student? No RSVP is required. Click here to drop in and chat during the scheduled time! Can't make this time? Click here to find Student Ambassador contact info, reach out to anyone you'd like, and set up a time to connect!
Admissions Officers | Wednesdays | 12-1 pm PT | Question for an admissions officer? No RSVP is required. Click here to drop in and chat during the scheduled time! Can't make this time? Send us your question at ODadmissions@ketchum.edu, and we'll reply, or send your availability for a phone/ Zoom call and set up a time to connect!
ON-DEMAND EVENTS AND RESOURCES
SCCO's Optometry Admissions Workshop (2022)
This event, hosted in person and virtually on July 23, 2022, was specifically designed for those preparing to enter optometry school in the next 1-2 years. Get tips and timeline advice from admissions officers, take notes while faculty members share what they look for during the interview, observe a slit lamp demo and Vision Therapy presentation taught by a faculty member and the Dean, and hear career options and engaging stories from an Alumni Panel.
Recording of Virtual Spring Admissions Open House (2021)
The Spring Admissions Open House is geared toward those who want to learn more about the profession, the admissions process, and SCCO's program. This live, virtual event was held in April 2021 and included a welcome from the Dean, presentations from admissions advisors, Q&A with students and faculty, and more!
Read Articles Written by Student Ambassadors or Watch Interviews with Current Students + Faculty Members
Want to connect with a current student? Check out these Zoom interviews and blog articles with Student Ambassadors, and feel free to reach out to anyone you'd like. Spend some time getting to know a few 1st Year Faculty members and get tips on how to thrive in your first year in optometry school!