Applicant/Student Profile and Prerequisites

SCO_ASCOphotos_0021

SCO_ASCOphotos_0014

Applicants

Profiles of Applicants to OD Programs

With 23 out of 23 schools and colleges of optometry in the United States and Puerto Rico reporting for the OptomCAS application cycle 2017-2018 for admission to optometry school in Fall 2018:

  • There were 2,527 individuals who applied for admission to the schools and colleges of optometry in the United States (including Puerto Rico) with a total number of 12,293 applications processed. The average number of applications per applicant was 4.86.
  • The median age of applicants was 22 years old, with 70% female and 29% male. Less than one percent did not report gender.
  • The ethnicity breakdown for applicants was 47% White, 30% Asian, 9% Spanish/Hispanic/Latino/Latina, 4% Black/African-American, 3% Two or More Races, and less than 1% American Indian/Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander. Six percent of applicants did not report a race.
  • The average overall cumulative GPA for all applicants was 3.34.

For a complete report of the 2017-2018 applicant pool, please review the OptomCAS Applicant Data Report – National Snapshot at www.optomcas.org.

Prerequisites

School-Specific Prerequisites of our Member Schools and Colleges

Enrollment

Profiles of the Entering Classes

  • At the schools and colleges of optometry in the United States and Puerto Rico, there were a total of 7,175 students enrolled in the full-time regular professional OD program during the 2018-2019 academic year, and another 161 enrolled in part-time, alternate and special programs leading to the OD degree.
  • For the 2018-2019 academic year, 68.2% of the full-time student body was female and 31.8% was male. In addition, the full-time student body was 51.4% White, 30.3% Asian, 6.6% Hispanic or Latino, 2.7% Black or African American, 0.5% American Indian or Alaskan Native, 0.3% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, 2.0% two or more races and 6.1% unknown.
  • The average GPA of the 2018 entering class was 3.41.
  • First year tuition and fees range from $18,381 to $55,007.

Graduates

  • In 2018, there were a total of 1,667 students who received OD degrees through both regular and special programs at the schools and colleges of optometry in the United States and Puerto Rico, an increase of 0.5% over the number of 2017 graduates and about the same as the number of 2016 graduates (1,666). The number of Doctor of Optometry students who received OD degrees through only regular OD programs was 1,640 for both 2018 and 2017, rising slightly from the number in 2016 (1,638).
  • Of the Doctor of Optometry students receiving OD degrees through both regular and special programs in 2018, 67.9% were female and 32.1% were male. In addition, 55.3% were White, 30.4% were Asian, 5.1% were Hispanic or Latino, 2.9% were Black or African American, 0.7% were American Indian or Alaskan Native, 0.1% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, 2.0% were two or more races and 3.4% were Unknown.
  • For graduates of both regular and special OD programs in 2018, the permanent residence of 91.8% was the U.S. or U.S. territories, 7.5% was Canada and 0.7% was other countries.