Applicant/Student Profile and Prerequisites

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Applicants

Profiles of Applicants to OD Programs

With 22 out of 23 (Chicago College of Optometry will accept its first class in the fall of 2017) schools and colleges of optometry in the United States and Puerto Rico reporting for the OptomCAS application cycle 2015-2016 for admission to optometry school in Fall 2016:

  • There were 2,812 individuals who applied for admission to the schools and colleges of optometry in the United States (including Puerto Rico) with a total number of 13,620 applications processed. The average number of applications per applicant was 4,84.
  • The median age of applicants was 22 years old, with 70% female and 30% male.
  • The ethnicity breakdown for applicants was 45% White, 32% 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. Seven percent of applicants did not report a race.
  • The average overall cumulative GPA for all applicants was 3.32.

For a complete report of the 2015-2016 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 7,024 students enrolled in the full-time regular professional OD program during the 2016-2017 academic year, and another 126 enrolled in part-time, alternate and special programs leading to the OD degree.
  • For the 2016-2017 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 52.2% White, 29.7% Asian, 6.2% Hispanic or Latino, 2.8% Black or African American, 0.6% American Indian or Alaskan Native, 0.2% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, 2.1% two or more races and 6.2% unknown.
  • The average GPA of the 2017 entering class was 3.44.
  • First year tuition and fees range from $18,525 to $55,184.

Graduates

  • In 2016, there were a total of 1,666 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 7.0% over the number of 2015 graduates and an increase of 6.2% over the number of 2014 graduates. There were 1,638 Doctor of Optometry students who received OD degrees through only regular OD programs – a 6.9% increase from 2015 and a 8.1% increase over 2014.
  • Of the Doctor of Optometry students receiving OD degrees through both regular and special programs in 2016, 65.5% were female and 34.5% were male. In addition, 56.2% were White, 27.4% were Asian, 6.2% were Hispanic or Latino, 2.9% were Black or African American, 0.6% were American Indian or Alaskan Native, 0.3% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, 1.7% were two or more races and 4.6% were Unknown.