Prepare for Optometry School Admission: OD in Optometry

Application Due - Differs by program. Summer between your junior and senior years, submit your Optometry Central Application Service (OptomCAS).

Don't wait for application deadlines - Apply Early!

The OptomCAS application will be available in July - be aware of differing school application deadlines within the system.

Special Application Requirements:

  • Register for the OAT. Optometry Admission Test. This test is computerized so schedule it for a time that suits your preparation and application cycle needs.
    • Most student take this test in late May, immediately after their junior year. If needed, you can retake after 90 days.
  • Recommendation letters and transcripts send to OptomCAS by July 15th - this is to account for differing school application deadlines!
  • Complete supplemental applications ideally by August 1st for consideration in August interviews.
    • Some schools let you submit your supplemental applications independently from OptomCAS. Others, will use your OptomCAS application to invite you to fill out a supplemental.
  • Resume will be required.
  • Most schools begin their interview process in the summer and fall of your senior year.
  • Observation and work with Optometrists and patients is important.
  • Strong candidates also must demonstrate a committment to social service. Volunteering is always great!
  • Research projects are encouraged.
  • Keep a log about your hours, activities and thoughts about the Optometry profession for your application and interview.

Connect with Alumni in your PreHealth path!

KU Mentoring program - KU Alumni

One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
—ALA
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times
KU Today