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Selection Process


The OCAT Program admits a new class of up to 28 students each Summer Semester.  The deadline for application materials and requirements to be completed and submitted for the Summer 2015 admission is March 1, 2015.   Qualified applicants will be ranked on a point scale.  Points are assigned based on grade point average (GPA), observation experience, writing sample and completion of open enrollment courses. The 28 candidates with the highest points will be accepted. 

Students who are enrolled in BSCI 11010 during the Spring 2015 semester may be provisionally accepted, pending successful completion (C or better grade) of the course by the end of the Spring 2015 semester.  Provisionally accepted students who do not earn a C or higher in BSCI 11010 at the conclusion of the spring semester will not be eligible to start the program in the summer.

Applicants will be notified by e-mail of either acceptance or rejection by March 31, 2015, with reason for rejection provided.  Information regarding the selection results will not be given over the phone.  There is no waiting list, but students who continue to take program open enrollment courses listed in the OTA curriculum list may have a stronger, more competitive application the following year.  Students may only apply to the OCAT program two times.

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