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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Premedical News - 1/26/15
  1. Health Navigator Volunteer Opportunity at Watkins Health Center
  2. Juniors – Please call 785-864-2834 (M-F, 8-5) to schedule an Application Meeting
  3. Altius is Now Hiring MCAT Tutors
  4. AAMC Information Session, Thursday, 1/29, Online, registration required
  5. Parker B. Francis Family Foundation Summer Research Fellowships, application deadline is Monday, 2/2
  6. PhiDE Premedical Fraternity Spring Recruitment, Tuesday, 2/3, Wednesday, 2/4, and Thursday, 2/5, at 7pm in the Malott Room on the 6th floor of the Kansas Union
  7. Pre-Dental Club Meeting, Wednesday, 2/4, 7pm in 2049 Malott
  8. MedLife KU's deadline to register for Riobamba, Ecuador (March 14-22nd) has been extended through Friday, 2/6!
  9. ATSU-MOSDOH PreDental Workshop, Saturday, 2/14, registration required
  10. KU School of Medicine Premedical Student Conference, Saturday, 2/21, at Emporia State University, registration required (not available yet)
  11. Creighton University School of Dentistry’s SNDA Impressions Program, Saturday, 3/21, registration required
  12. UNMC College of Dentistry ASDA Pre-Dent Simulation Clinic, Saturday, 3/28, registration deadline is Sunday, 3/1
  13. Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP), apply early to match with preferred site, deadline is 3/1
  14. KU School of Medicine Health Careers Pathways Programs, applications due by 3/25
  15. KU School of Medicine Primary Care Workshops, 5/19 (Wichita), registration required
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