University of Wisconsin–Madison

Application Process

We are here for support throughout your application. Please come in and talk with us about your plans to apply!

 

Application Timeline

Below is a rough timeline for preparing your application.  

 

Fall before you apply

Research Schools. For a list of optometry schools, visit ASCO.  For tips on choosing schools, visit our Selecting Schools page.

Make a list of your activities outside of class.

  • hours, dates, locations, contacts
  • what your role was, what you learned

Identify possible letter writers.

 

Spring before you apply

Study for the Optometry Admissions Test. Optometry schools require the Optometry Admissions Test (OAT). To hear how other students have prepared, visit our exam tips page.

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:

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.