Updating Your OptomCAS Application (Academic Update)
After you submit, you can make limited changes to your application and materials. Review the changes allowed for coursework, transcripts, and other sections below.
Updating Your Coursework and Transcripts
What is Academic Update?
Academic Update allows you to update planned or in-progress coursework that you completed since your application was originally verified. Academic Update is an optional process; check with your programs to determine if they require it. During the Academic Update window, you can also enter new planned/in-progress coursework for the upcoming term(s).
Am I Eligible for Academic Update?
You are eligible for Academic Update if you have at least one program in the Verified status by February 3, 2023. You can find your application status under the Check Status tab. Updates are available within the following timeframe:
December 15, 2022 and February 3, 2023
You will receive an email when the Academic Update period is open and available.
What Happens When I Update My Coursework?
Academic Update helps ensure your programs have the most up-to-date information about your coursework. If you update your coursework during the Academic Update window, OptomCAS verifies your new courses, calculates updated OptomCAS GPAs, and sends this information to your programs.
Since updated coursework will be verified, you must arrange for your updated official transcripts to be sent directly to OptomCAS as soon as you receive an email confirmation from OptomCAS confirming that your Academic Update was successfully submitted. Do not request that transcripts be sent to OptomCAS beforehand; they will not qualify for Academic Update and will need to be resubmitted.
Once your new transcripts are received, your new coursework is placed in line to be verified. Verifications occur in chronological order and can take up to 10 business days to complete. You will receive an email when your Academic Update is verified.
Note that your application status will remain as Verified throughout the Academic Update process.
Which Courses Should I Update?
You can update any coursework you initially marked as in-progress or planned, as well as add courses that are planned for the next term. You cannot update terms that are already verified or add terms from previous years (e.g., you forgot to add a term from 2020). If you are updating coursework as a re-applicant, review Use an Existing OptomCAS Account to Re-apply.
Note that you can only update your grades once during the Academic Update period. For example, if you've listed fall coursework as in-progress or planned, wait until that term is completed and you’ve received your final grades before you submit your Academic Update. Be mindful of the Academic Update deadline and submit before it closes.
How Do I Complete the Academic Update Process?
Academic Update is a three-step process:
Update Your Coursework
- Ensure your application's status is Verified on the Check Status tab.
- Navigate to the Academic History section.
- Click Transcript Entry.
- Click Edit under the school you are updating.
- Click the blue pencil next to the term you are updating (if you need to add a new term, click Add Term).
- Change the In Progress/Planned box to Completed.
- Update your courses, credits, and grades.
- Click Save All.
Submit Your Application
Click Submit My Updates to send the updated information to your programs no later than 11:59 PM ET on February 3, 2023.
Send Your Updated, Official Transcripts to OptomCAS
We must receive your official transcripts by May 31, 2023. Arrange for your updated official transcripts to be sent directly to OptomCAS as soon as they are available.
Summer 2023 Coursework and Transcripts
If you plan to take coursework after OptomCAS closes on May 26, 2023, follow these guidelines for reporting summer coursework and transcripts:
- If you are accepted at a program, send an updated transcript directly to the program.
- If you choose to apply in the next cycle, report your summer coursework and grades in the new application and submit updated transcripts to OptomCAS.
Updating Other Application Sections
Once you submit your application, most sections are locked to prevent edits. Updates you can make include:
- Editing your contact information.
- Editing your profile information (username, password, etc.).
- Adding programs with deadlines that have not yet passed.
- Adding new recommendations (if you have not yet requested the maximum number of recommendations).
- Editing or deleting recommendations that remain incomplete.
- Adding new entries to certain areas of the Academic History, Supporting Information, and Program Materials sections (e.g., test scores, experiences, optional documents, etc.), where applicable (you are unable to edit or delete existing entries).
- Editing program materials for programs you have not yet submitted to.
- Adding optional documents to programs that you already submitted to (all other sections will be locked).
After making your updates, click Update my application to send the changes to your programs. If you have updates for other sections of your application, submit these updates directly to your programs.