Your Optometry School Application Package
After having decided where and when to apply, your next step is to obtain application forms from the various schools that you've selected. Call the admissions offices around July and have them put you on their mailing lists. Also check the school's Web site. Many have downloadable applications. Once the applications begin arriving, you'll notice one thing quickly: No two applications are exactly alike. But despite their differences, most follow a general pattern with variations on the same kinds of questions.
Optometry admissions committees want to see the real you.
When it comes to applying to optometry school, think of yourself as "the product." Your application is your marketing document. Marketing yourself doesn't mean that you should lie or even embellish the facts. It simply means that you need to make a lucid and convincing presentation. Everything on your application should contribute to an overall picture of yourself that clearly demonstrates that you belong in the class and will make a solid contribution to the learning of your peers. Sell yourself.
Your application should be as clear as possible, typed or very neatly printed. Use your full name on everything, even the little cards and other trappings that schools often request.
Five Top Tips For Your Optometry School Application
- Photocopy all applications and keep a comprehensive file on each school that records all of your interactions with that school in it.
- Follow all rules set forth by the application. If you have questions or are tempted to "break a rule," be sure to call the admissions office and ask for advice.
- Put your name and social security number on any additional pages.
- Make certain the presentation of your application is both neat and professional looking.
- Have someone proofread your essay(s) and application. A single mistake can cast doubt on your application.