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 6,805 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.
- 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.