Congratulations on your choice to pursue a career in the exciting and rewarding field of optometry! Admission to the Michigan College of Optometry (MCO), like many professional schools, is a competitive process. Many students will meet the minimum requirements, however, the Admissions Committee is charged with the responsibility of admitting students who can excel in the rigorous curriculum and contribute to the growth of the profession as students and as optometrists.
We hope this information will be helpful to you as you plan your career. If you have any further questions please contact the Michigan College of Optometry Office of Academic and Student Affairs at (231) 591-3703 or email@example.com. We are willing to assist you with questions about the admissions process. You may also refer to our website at www.ferris.edu/mco. Additionally, it may be helpful to request a meeting with one of our faculty members in order to learn more about our program and the admissions process.
The Michigan College of Optometry offers three admission options for traditional applicants. They are the following: 1) Regular Admissions Program 2) Early Admissions Program, and 3) 3+4 Admissions Program. Non-traditional applicants such as transfer students from other ASCO Optometry Schools or graduates of international optometry programs must go through a slightly different process. All of the programs are described on our MCO web site. Please read through each option to select the best fit for you. Please note that all candidates are encouraged to complete the application process as soon as possible in order to receive early consideration for acceptance.
While academics are very important for acceptance into the Michigan College of Optometry, the MCO is not simply looking for academic performance alone. Admission into the entering class is based equally on academic potential and clinical potential. Items such as the applicant’s Grade Point Average (GPA), available ACT/SAT scores, and OAT scores can demonstrate academic potential. Clinical potential can be evidenced by the following examples:
All applicants will be evaluated on the communication, writing and inter-personal skills that are necessary to practice optometry.
The MCO prefers to accept well-rounded applicants who have been involved in a variety of extracurricular activities while continuing to perform well academically. Following is a list of some suggested extracurricular activities; however, this is not an all-inclusive list. One should choose those activities that are best suited to one's personality and interests. If there are extenuating circumstances that preclude significant involvement in such activities, the Admissions Committee will be understanding of those situations.
All applicants need to be aware that the Admissions Committee views one's knowledge of the profession of optometry to be of vital importance. This is best achieved by visiting one or more optometrists on several occasions to observe patient care on a first-hand basis. Volunteering or working in an optometrist's office is a certain way to gain understanding of and appreciation for the profession.
Candidates may be invited to the campus to explore Big Rapids and to see what the MCO has to offer. During your visit, you will have plenty of opportunities to interact with the MCO family, including the staff, students, faculty, and administrators. Arrange your schedule so that you can spend a half of a day at the MCO. As part of the process, you will 1) meet with the Associate Dean, 2) receive a tour of the MCO provided by current students, and 3) have a 45 minute interview with three members of the Admissions Committee, and 4) have an interview and informational session with a MCO Student Ambassador.
Applicants are also encouraged to view the Entering Class Profile of the most recent entering class in order to gain an understanding about the qualifications of the applicants who were successful in securing admission to the Michigan College of Optometry. This can also be found on our website at www.ferris.edu/mco.
If additional questions arise which are not answered by this summary publication, please contact the Michigan College of Optometry Office of Academic and Student Affairs at (231) 591-3703 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.ferris.edu/mco. We would be happy to assist you with the admissions processes.
Secretary to the Associate Dean
Office of Academic & Student Affairs
Michigan College of Optometry
1124 S. State Street, MCO 231
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2738
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