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Biology - Optometry School Facts and Figures

There are presently 20 Schools and Colleges of Optometry in the United States and Puerto Rico.  For the 2009 entering class, there were 2,822 applicants (9,021 applications) for 1,666 spots in optometry schools or about 1.7 applicants per opening.   Compared to 2008, the number of applications was up 9.7% (owing to 3 new schools opening in 2009).  The State of Kentucky does not have a school or college of optometry, but has contracted with Southern College of Optometry in Memphis TN to take up to 8 KY residents, and the University of Alabama in Birmingham AL, and Indiana University in Bloomington, IN for 3 each.  Students awarded KY seats pay in-state residents tuition.

Information about the Optometry Schools to which WKU students most often apply:

 
School
Southern College
Indiana Univ.
UAB

Univ. MO-
St. Louis

Nova Southeastern
Avg. GPA*
3.45
3.48
3.52
3.39
3.37
Avg. OAT (AA/TS)*
330/330
317/319
324/327
314/311
320/326
Apply/Enrolled*
735 / 119
459/ 80
235/ 44
360/ 40
746/98
Tuition: Res/Non-Res
$18,569/ $24,369
$18,600/ $32,794
$18,681/ $47,499
$19,213/ $34,749
$20,691/ $26,515
Application Fee
$50
$55
$75
$50
$50
Application Deadline
March 1
February 1
December 31
Feb 15
April 1
 
% with Bachelor's Deg.
98
98
98
81
94

* Data are for the 2010 entering class and are from the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry

Click Here to Visit the Association of  Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) Web Site

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 Last Modified 9/24/14