Applicant/Student Profile and Prerequisites

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Applicants

Profile of Applicants to O.D. Programs for Fall 2014 Entry

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.

Prerequisites

School-Specific Prerequisites of our Member Schools and Colleges

Enrollment

Profile of the 2014 Optometry Entering Class

  • At the schools and colleges of optometry in the 50 states and Puerto Rico, there were a total of 6,805 optometry students enrolled during the 2014-2015 academic year.
  • For the 2014-2015 academic year, 66.1% of the student body was female and 33.9% was male. In addition, the student body was 55.7% White, 29.1% Asian, 5.1% Hispanic or Latino, 3.1% African American, 0.6% American Indian or Alaskan Native, 0.4% Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian, and 5.9% 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.

Graduates

  • In 2014, there were a total of 1,569 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 increase of 0.1% over the number of 2013 graduates and an increase of 11.8% over the number of 2012 graduates. There were 1,541 optometry students who received O.D. degrees through only regular O.D. programs – a 0.3% decrease from 2013 and an 11.4% increase over 2012.
  • Of the optometry students receiving O.D. degrees through both regular and special programs in 2014, 64.6% were female and 35.4% were male. In addition, 56.1% were White, 30.1% were Asian, 3.4% were Hispanic or Latino, 2.4% were African American, 0.8% were American Indian or Alaskan Native, 0.2% Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian, and 7.1% were Other or Unknown.