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 - 4/20/15
  1. Article/Video: KU School of Medicine student designs an app for JayDoc Clinic volunteers
  2. MCAT Registration Opening for July and August dates on Tuesday, 4/21, and September dates on Thursday, 4/23, register ASAP!
  3. Society for Biomaterials Recruitment & Information Meeting, Thursday, 4/23, at 5pm in the Olympian Room of the Burge Union
  4. Jayhawk Health Initiative’s Hoops for Health Basketball Tournament, Saturday, 4/25, at Ambler Rec Center, registration required
  5. Healthcare Education Fair in Kansas City, Saturday, 4/25, registration required
  6. Navy Medical School Scholarships
  7. Volunteer Clinical Research Opportunity: National Alliance of Research Associate Programs (NARAP)
  8. Enrollment Information
  9. KU Medical Center Heart Transplant Pioneer William A. Reed, MD, Book Event, Thursday, 4/30, at 4pm at the Jayhawk Ink Lounge on the 2nd floor of the Kansas Union
  10. Pre-Optometry Club Meeting, Thursday, 4/30, at 7:30pm in the Regionalist Room of the Kansas Union
  11. Premedical Society Nurse Appreciation Pizza Party, Monday, 5/4, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital
  12. Pre-Optometry Club Meeting, Wednesday, 5/6, at 7pm in Governors Room of the Kansas Union
  13. KU School of Medicine Primary Care Workshops, Tuesday, 5/19, in Wichita, application required
  14. Sophomores - KU Scholars in Rural Health Program, applications due by 6/10
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