Wednesday March 10, 2010
The Competitive Applicant
For 1998-99 the average GPA of applicants was 3.37 and the average OAT score was 330. Bear in mind that admission standards vary widely from school to school. Normally, your GPA, OAT scores, letters of recommendation and your optometry school interview will be the most important factors in a school’s decision to admit you. Other relevant considerations may be your interpersonal skills and your record of extracurricular, community, health-related, optometry-related or research-oriented work. Some schools suggest that you take electives in psychology, business, interpersonal communication or computer literacy. Organic chemistry labs are not required for your major or for admission to Ohio State. However, some optometry schools do require them, so you should check their web sites. Every applicant to professional school should have a backup plan. Investigate some of the alternatives, such as a career in orthoptics or graduate study in biology or public health.
Applications to The Ohio State University College of Optometry can be submitted as early as July 1 of the year before you plan to enroll. The College of Optometry requires three letters of evaluation, including one from an optometrist and one from a professor. OSU hosts an Annual Optometry Open House and Career Day in April. In 1998 the average GPA of students applying to OSU’s College of Optometry was 3.60. Their OAT scores averaged 353. For further information on OSU’s admissions procedures, visit the web site or call (614)292-2647.