Wednesday March 10, 2010
We urge you apply to several schools. Optometry school web sites and Schools and Colleges of Optometry: Admission Requirements, a directory published by ASCO (Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry), provide information about each school’s application procedure and timetable, admissions criteria, average GPA and OAT scores. The directory is available for your use in the Pre-professional Advising Office.
Wherever else you may decide to apply, you should also apply to the public optometry college in your home state. State residents receive preference for admission to their state schools and pay much lower tuition. Conversely, before you apply to public schools outside your home state, remember that most of them accept relatively few out-of-state students and that tuition is high. If you are applying to schools outside of your state, private schools may be your safest bet.