With 21 out of 21 schools in the U.S. 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.
- At the schools and colleges of optometry in the United States (including Puerto Rico), there were a total of 6,555 optometry students enrolled during the 2012-2013 academic year.
- For the 2012-2013 academic year, 64.5% of the student body was female and 35.5% was male. In addition, the student body was 56.0% White, 29.4% Asian, 4.5% Hispanic or Latino, 3.0% African American, 0.5% American Indian or Alaskan Native, 0.3% Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian, and 6.3% 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.
- In 2012, there were a total of 1,404 students who received O.D. degrees through both regular and special programs at the schools and colleges of optometry in the United States (including Puerto Rico) – a 5.4% decrease from the 1,332 the previous year. There were 1,383 optometry students who received O.D. degrees through only regular O.D. programs – a 5.7% increase over 2011.
- Of the optometry students receiving O.D. degrees through both regular and special programs in 2012, 64.5% were female and 35.5% were male. In addition, 57.3% were White, 27.8% were Asian, 4.3% were Hispanic or Latino, 2.9% were African American, 0.3% were American Indian or Alaskan Native, 0.1% Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian, and 7.1% were Other.