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.
- At the schools and colleges of optometry in the United States and Puerto Rico, there were a total of 7,124 students enrolled in the full-time regular professional OD program during the 2017-2018 academic year, and another 150 enrolled in part-time, alternate and special programs leading to the OD degree.
- For the 2017-2018 academic year, 67.8% of the full-time student body was female and 32.2% was male. In addition, the full-time student body was 52.2% White, 30.7% Asian, 6.4% Hispanic or Latino, 2.7% Black or African American, 0.5% American Indian or Alaskan Native, 0.2% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, 2.1% two or more races and 5.3% unknown.
- The average GPA of the 2018 entering class was 3.41.
- First year tuition and fees range from $18,381 to $55,007.
- In 2017, there were a total of 1,658 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, a decrease of 0.5% over the number of 2016 graduates and an increase of 6.5% over the number of 2015 graduates. There were 1,640 Doctor of Optometry students who received OD degrees through only regular OD programs – a 0.1% increase from 2016 and a 7.0% increase over 2015.
- Of the Doctor of Optometry students receiving OD degrees through both regular and special programs in 2017, 66.2% were female and 33.8% were male. In addition, 56.3% were White, 28.8% were Asian, 5.0% were Hispanic or Latino, 2.6% were Black or African American, 0.7% were American Indian or Alaskan Native, 0.2% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, 2.6% were two or more races and 3.8% were Unknown.