Applying to Optometry Schools

If you plan to enter optometry school immediately after your senior year, you should begin the application process in your junior year! 

1. Application Meeting. In the spring of your junior year, call 785-864-2834, and schedule an application meeting with Paul Crosby to talk through the entire process.

2. Optometry Admission Test (OAT). Most people take the OAT in late May, immediately after their junior year. If needed, you can retake after 90 days.

3. Optometry Central Application Service (OptomCAS)The OptomCAS application will be available in July. You will have your recommendation letters and transcripts sent to OptomCAS. Different optometry schools have different deadlines. It would be ideal to complete this stage of the application by July 15th.

4. Supplemental Applications. Some optometry schools will let you complete their supplemental applications independently from when you submit your OptomCAS application; Others will want to review your OptomCAS information before inviting you to complete their supplemental. It would be ideal to complete these by August 1st, so you can be considered for August interviews.

5. Interviews. In the summer and fall of the senior year, optometry schools will invite you for interviews. You can call 785-864-2834 to schedule a practice interview with the premedical advisor.

For more information, see Applicant FAQ.

Premedical Slideshow

Premedical News - 10/20/14
  1. Weekly Article/Video: Dr. Ferguson's TED Talk about Oral Health - "An Opportunity to Improve Wellness, Prevention, Quality of Life and Overall Health"
  2. Conference: The Affordable Care Act in Kansas: Impacts on People, Business, and Providers, Thursday, 10/23, in Kansas Union, registration required
  3. Freshman-Sophomore Premedicine Basics Sessions, 10/22, 11/5, 11/19 and 12/3, from 11:00-12:00 in 358 Strong Hall, call 785-864-2834 to rsvp
  4. Open House Programs at AT Still University Dental and DO-Medical Schools in nearby Kirksville, MO, Tuesday, 11/4, and Tuesday, 11/18
  5. Pre-Dental Club Meeting, Wednesday, 11/5 at 7:30 pm in 2049 Malott
  6. State Pre-Dental Consortium at WSU, Saturday, 11/15, 9-4, registration required
  7. KU School of Medicine Open House, Friday, 1/9/15, 2:30-5:00 in Kansas City, registration required
  8. Primary Care Workshops, 1/24/15 (KC) and 5/19/15 (Wichita), registration required​
  9. KU School of Medicine Premedical Student Conference, Saturday, 2/21/15, at Emporia State University, registration required
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