Resources for Applicants and Advisors

Students seeking to make a real difference will find no better career than optometry. Only one degree qualifies you to become an optometrist: the Doctor of Optometry (OD), a four-year, doctoral-level degree. While concentrating primarily on structure, function and disorders of the eye, students in a professional OD program will also take courses in human anatomy, biochemistry and physiology, among others, to prepare for their role as primary-care doctors protecting patients’ overall health and wellness.

Schools and Colleges of Optometry
Optometry Programs Admissions Directory
Optometry Admission Test

Student Profile and Prerequisites
Pre-Optometry Clubs
Financing Your Optometric Education
Functional Guidelines
2022 Matriculating Optometry Student Survey Report

Become a Future Eye Doctor
Optomery Career Guide
ASCO’s Blog: Eye on Optometry
Be a Doctor of Optometry Video on ASCO’s YouTube Channel
Doctors of Optometry Changing Lives Daily Video on ASCO’s YouTube Channel

Rankings of Optometry Schools and Colleges

The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) does not rank or endorse any ranking of the accredited schools and colleges of optometry in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. In addition, ASCO does not provide information and data to any entity claiming to rank the schools and colleges of optometry or participate in any other way with such entities.

Optometry school and college applicants are urged to make their own determinations regarding the suitability of a school or college including visiting the schools and colleges’ official websites and gathering information regarding applicant profiles, class size, prerequisite courses, NBEO pass rates, faculty-student ratios, pre-clinical and clinical training and other information.

Accurate data which is provided by the schools and colleges can be found on the Data & Surveys webpage.

National Board Pass Rates, by Institution 2021-2022, 2020-2021, 2019-2020, 2018-2019, 2017-2018 and 2016-2017