Admission to optometry school is based on the following criteria:
1. Grade point average. A "B" (3.0) average is considered minimum.
2. Optometry Admission Test (OAT). This is given throughout the country twice a year,
usually in February and October. As now administered, the exam includes six areas: verbal
ability, quantitative ability, biology, chemistry, physics, and reading comprehension.
(Application forms for the OAT may be obtained from the Career Counseling Office or from
the Optometry Admission Testing Program, 211 East Chicago Ave., Suite 1846, Chicago, IL
60611-2678, (312) 440-2693)
3. Letter of recommendation from the Premedical Professions Advisory Committee
normally are expected.
4. Optometry school interview. Personality and motivation are important.
Extracurricular activities, particularly volunteer work (e.g. with an optometrist), are
When applying to optometry school, it would be wise to avoid state-supported schools
unless you are a resident of that state or a state which has a reciprocal arrangement.
Optometry colleges are actively recruiting minority students and women.
Details on admission requirements and other information can be obtained from the
individual colleges of optometry or from the web sites of the American Academy of Optometry , the American Optometric Association , or the Association of
Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO).
The University of Hartford has an articulation agreement with the New
England College of Optometry in Boston which allows qualified students to apply at the
end of their sophomore year for matriculation in their senior year. This accelerated
program allows students to complete the fourth year B.S. degree requirements during the
first year of optometry school, thus allowing for completion of the B.S. and O.D. (Doctor
of Optometry) in a seven year period. Students who are interested in this option should
inform their advisor of their plans upon entry to the University as the curriculum will
need to be altered to accommodate all prerequisite science courses during the three years
of undergraduate study and the OAT will need to be taken earlier as well. Students who are
interested in early consideration at NEWENCO should have a minimum 3.0 GPA.