Optometry School - Timeline

It is important to create a timeline for yourself when applying to optometry school but perhaps more importantly, your timeline should be flexible. Course scheduling, extra-curricular activities, deadline changes, etc. all contribute to the need of having flexibility in your timeline.

For specific application deadline dates, you should always check the OptomCAS Deadlines or the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO). It is always a good idea to apply before an institution’s deadline to help you avoid delays, allow for timely processing and improve your chances of being admitted to schools using rolling admissions.

Here is a timeline that you should consider prior to and while applying to optometry school.


Prior to Applying

  • Open an Interfolio account to store the letters written for you.
  • Gather Letters of Recommendation.
  • Continue with your volunteer, work, or research activities.
  • Prepare for the OAT. Register and choose from several dates but it is recommended you not take it later than each school's OptomCAS deadline.
  • Attend various health professional school workshops, graduate school fairs, etc.
  • Consult OptomCAS for each school's prerequisites.
  • Order and collect official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities that you have attended.

June - August of the Application Cycle

  • Should be taking the OAT or waiting for the release of your score from an earlier test. Taking earlier test dates can help avoid delays in your application.
  • Confirm deadline dates for OptomCAS and optometry schools.
  • OptomCAS application is available at the end of June. Begin to fill out an application. Contact OptomCAS directly for specific questions.
  • Have letters of recommendation sent to OptomCAS. OptomCAS accepts up to 4 letters.
  • OptomCAS verifies primary application.
  • Continue to work, volunteer, etc.

August - December of the Application Cycle

December - April of the Application Cycle

  • Continue sending in applications according to institutional deadlines.
  • Complete each school's supplemental applications by their specific deadline.
  • Schools send out interview invitations and begin interviewing.
  • Admission decisions are made and applicants are informed.

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