With 21 out of 21 schools and colleges of optometry in the 50 states and Puerto Rico reporting for the OptomCAS application cycle 2013-2014 for admission to optometry school in Fall 2014:
- There were 2,604 individuals who applied for admission to the schools and colleges of optometry in the United States (including Puerto Rico) with a total number of 13,164 applications processed. The average number of applications per applicant was 5.06.
- The median age of applicants was 23 years old, with 69% female and 31% male.
- The ethnicity breakdown for applicants was 50% White, 30% Asian, 8% Two or More Races, 4% Black/African-American, 3% Spanish/Hispanic/Latino/Latina, and less than 1% American Indian/Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander. Four percent of applicants did not report a race.
- The average overall cumulative GPA for all applicants was 3.31.
For a complete report of the 2013-2014 applicant pool, please review the OptomCAS Applicant Data Report – National Snapshot at www.optomcas.org.
- At the schools and colleges of optometry in the 50 states and Puerto Rico, there were a total of 6,676 optometry students enrolled during the 2013-2014 academic year.
- For the 2013-2014 academic year, 65.4% of the student body was female and 34.6% was male. In addition, the student body was 55.9% White, 28.8% Asian, 4.5% Hispanic or Latino, 3.1% African American, 0.6% American Indian or Alaskan Native, 0.4% Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian, and 6.7% Other.
- Each school averaged the grade point averages of their fall 2014 entering class. The highest of these averages was 3.61 and the lowest was 3.08.
- First Year tuition and fees range from $16,626 to $54,460.
- In 2013, there were a total of 1,567 students who received O.D. degrees through both regular and special programs at the schools and colleges of optometry in the 50 states and Puerto Rico – an 11.6% increase from the 1,404 the previous year. There were 1,545 optometry students who received O.D. degrees through only regular O.D. programs – a 11.7% increase over 2012.
- Of the optometry students receiving O.D. degrees through both regular and special programs in 2013, 63.9% were female and 36.1% were male. In addition, 56.3% were White, 29.2% were Asian, 5.2% were Hispanic or Latino, 2.6% were African American, 0.3% were American Indian or Alaskan Native, 0.2% Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian, and 6.2% were Other.