Professional Optometry Degree Program (OD)
Early Admit Process
Students are encouraged to complete a bachelor's degree prior to entering the School of Optometry. Some exceptional students, however, can enter the optometry program after three years of undergraduate work, which can decrease the total years of university study to seven. Early decision is also available for these students. These students should have a minimum GPA of 3.6.
Admission to the School of Optometry under this process (after three years of undergraduate work) is conditional upon the following:
- Maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.6.
- Obtaining a score of at least 320 on the Quantitative and Total Science sections of the Optometry Admission Test, with no section score below 300. Students should plan to take the OAT for the first time in the spring of their second year of college. Students who do not achieve this level in the spring of their second year can take the test again.
- Completing all the prerequisite courses for admission to the School of Optometry as outlined in this bulletin.
If a student who is conditionally admitted under an early admission plan for acceptance after three years of undergraduate study fails to meet the above conditions but meets the conditions for acceptance after four years, the student will be accepted after four years.
The School of Optometry will make an effort to accept no more than 50 percent of the class through the Early Decision program.