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Below is a rough timeline for preparing your application.
The year that you apply
Make a list of your activities outside of class.
- hours, dates, locations, contacts
- what your role was, what you learned
Identify possible letter writers.
Study for the Optometry Admissions Test. Optometry schools require the Optometry Admissions Test (OAT).
Write personal statement. For tips on writing your application essay, check out our Personal Statement page.
Request letters of recommendation Optometry schools require between 2-4 letters of recommendation. They prefer at least one letter from an optometrist. For tips on how to build relationships with faculty, visit our Letters of Recommendation page.
Summer that you apply
Complete the centralized application. Optometry schools use a centralized application called OptomCAS. The OptomCAS costs $125 for the first program and $45 for each additional school. The application opens in early July and includes:
- Biographical Information
- Coursework & Transcripts
- Personal Statement
- Work & Volunteer Experiences
- Letters of Recommendation
Complete school-specific supplemental application. Some, but not all, optometry programs have a supplemental application. Interview Some, but not all, optometry programs have finalist interview. For help preparing, visit our Interview Preparation page.