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

E-Newsletter Summary
  1. Weekly Article/Video: Howard Jacob - Genomics and Personalized Medicine
  2. Premedical Society Meeting, Monday, 2/1, at 6pm in 1005 Haworth
  3. Delta Epsilon Mu (DEM) Info Night, Monday, 2/1, at 6 or 7:30pm in Courtside Room of Burge Union; and Game Night, Tuesday, 2/2, 8-9:30pm in Ellsworth 3rd Floor Lobby
  4. Phi Delta Epsilon (PhiDE) International Medical Fraternity Recruitment Events, Tuesday, 2/2, at 7pm in Woodruff; Wednesday, 2/3, at 5pm in Parlors Room and Thursday, 2/4, at 5pm in Malott Room
  5. Emergency Blood Drive, Wednesday, 2/3, 10am-4pm, Kansas Room, Kansas Union
  6. Minority Association of Premedical Students (MAPS) Brown Bag Lunch with Dr. Aaron Saguil, Thursday, 2/4, at 12pm in the Divine 9 Room of the Kansas Union
  7. Peer and Residential Peer Advisor Job Opportunity
  8. Registration for the June-September MCAT dates will open on Wednesday, 2/10
  9. Practice Interviews & Information Program at A.T. Still College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, MO, Saturday, 2/13, registration required
  10. KU School of Medicine Open House, Friday, 2/19 (KC), Friday, 3/19 (KC), and Thursday, 3/24/16 (Wichita), registration required
  11. Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP), apply early to match with preferred site, deadline is 3/1
  12. Paid College Summer Internships at the US Army Institute for Surgical Research, application deadline 3/4
  13. KU School of Medicine State Premedical Student Conference, Saturday, 4/16/16
  14. KU School of Medicine Primary Care Workshops, Wednesday, 6/1/16 (Wichita), and Monday, 10/24/16 (Salina), application required
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