Applicant/Student Profile and Prerequisites

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Applicants

Profile of Applicants to OD Programs for Fall 2015 Entry

With 21 out of 22 (University of Pikeville, Kentucky College of Optometry will accept its first class in fall 2016) schools and colleges of optometry in the United 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 2015 Optometry Entering Class

  • At the schools and colleges of optometry in the United States and Puerto Rico, there were a total of 6,900 students enrolled in the full-time professional OD program during the 2015-2016 academic year, and another 109 enrolled in part-time, alternate and special programs leading to the OD degree.
  • For the 2015-2016 academic year, 67.1% of the full-time student body was female and 32.9% was male. In addition, the full-time student body was 54.2% White, 28.0% Asian, 5.6% Hispanic or Latino, 2.7% Black or African American, 0.6% American Indian or Alaskan Native, 0.2% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, 2.2% two or more races and 6.7% unknown.
  • The average GPA of the 2015 entering class was 3.43.
  • First year tuition and fees range from $17,556 to $55,184.

Graduates

  • In 2015, there were a total of 1,557 students who received OD degrees through both regular and special programs at the schools and colleges of optometry in the United States and Puerto Rico, a decrease of 0.8% over the number of 2014 graduates and a decrease of 0.6% over the number of 2013 graduates. There were 1,531 Doctor of Optometry students who received OD degrees through only regular OD programs – a 0.6% decrease from 2014 and a 0.9% decrease over 2013.
  • Of the Doctor of Optometry students receiving OD degrees through both regular and special programs in 2015, 65.6% were female and 34.4% were male. In addition, 54.8% were White, 29.5% were Asian, 4.6% were Hispanic or Latino, 3.5% were Black or African American, 0.4% were American Indian or Alaskan Native, 0.4% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, 1.7% were two or more races and 5.1% were Unknown.