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For specific application deadline dates, you should always check the OptomCAS Deadlines

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

Prior to Applying

  • Gather Letters of Recommendation and open an Interfolio account to store the letters
  • Continue with your volunteer, work, or research activities.
  • Prepare for the OAT (Optometry Admission Test). Register and choose from several dates, but it is recommended you take it no later than each school’s OptomCAS deadline.
  • 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.
  • 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.