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.

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  1. Weekly Article/Video: New KU Medical Center Health Education Building (to add up to 50 more seats in School of Medicine)
  2. Pre-PA Club Meeting, Thursday, Oct 1, at 6pm in 2047 Haworth
  3.  KU School of Medicine Open Houses, Fridays, 10/2/15 (KC) and 10/19/15 (Wichita), registration required
  4. Volunteer Opportunity - Lawrence Memorial Hospital Rock the Block to Kick Cancer Event, Friday, 10/2, 6-10pm
  5. Creighton University School of Medicine Open House, Saturday, 10/3, registration required
  6. Premedical Society Meeting, Monday, 10/5, at 6pm in 1005 Haworth
  7. AT Still in Kirksville, MO, Day in the Life of Student Programs for DO (Osteopathic Medicine) and DMD (Dental Medicine), 10/6, 10/20 and 11/17, registration required
  8. Missouri Pre-Dental Symposium, Saturday, 10/10, 9am, School of Dentistry, registration required
  9. School of Health Professions Mixer, Wednesday, 10/14, 1-3pm in the 3rd Floor Alcove of the Anschutz Library
  10. Jayhawk Health Initiative Executive Positions Available, apply by 5pm on 10/15
  11. KU School of Medicine Primary Care Workshop, Saturday, 10/24, at Salina Campus, application required
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