Student Profile & Prerequisites

Applicants

With 21 out of 21 schools and colleges of optometry in the 50 states and Puerto Rico reporting for the OptomCAS application cycle 2012-2013 for admission to optometry school in Fall 2013:

  • There were 2,639 individuals who applied for admission to the schools and colleges of optometry in the United States (including Puerto Rico) with a total number of 13,210 applications processed. The average number of applications per applicant was 5.01.
  • The median age of applicants was 23 years old, with 67% female and 33% male.
  • The ethnicity breakdown for applicants was 51% White, 29% Asian, 7% Two or More Races, 5% 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 2012-2013 applicant pool, please review the OptomCAS Applicant Data Report – National Snapshot at www.optomcas.org.

Enrollment

  • 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 2013 entering class. For those schools reporting, the highest of these averages was 3.76 and the lowest was 3.14.
  • First Year tuition and fees range from $15,836 to $52,983.

Summaries

Profile of the 2013 Optometry Entering Class

Profile of Applicants to O.D. Programs for Fall 2013 Entry

School-Specific Prerequisites of our Member Schools and Colleges

Graduates

  • 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.