How to Apply

Doctor of Optometry

Application Components

The regular application period for students entering with or without a bachelor’s degree begins on July 1 and ends on January 15. Interviewing begins in October and continues through April. We follow a rolling admissions process, and the selection process is usually completed by the end of May.

To apply for admission to the Doctor of Optometry program, submit your OptomCAS application between July 1 and January 15.

Letters of Recommendation

We require three letters of recommendation to be sent directly to OptomCAS. The recommendation letters can be written by any number of individuals that can provide an overall honest assessment of your abilities and character such as: college professors, supervisors, clergy, optometrists, etc... We prefer to have at least one of the three recommendation letters from an optometrist that you worked/job shadowed for an extended period of time. If you have only worked/job shadowed with an optometrist for only a few days, we would prefer to have a letter of recommendation from a college professor.

Committee letters of recommendation will be considered as one of the three required recommendation letters.

Optometry Admission Test (OAT)

All candidates must take the Optometry Admission Test (OAT) and provide an official score report by February 28, the supplemental application deadline. OAT scores are valid for only three (3) years and may be taken as many times as desired.

If you did not receive an OAT brochure with the application, you may request one from:

Optometry Admission Testing Program
211 E. Chicago Avenue, Suite. 1846
Chicago, IL 60611-2678
(312) 440-2693(312) 440-2693

It is preferred that students take the Optometry Admission Test (OAT) by November 30.


All candidates should complete the supplemental application through the University Graduate School after submitting the OptomCAS application.

On the Supplemental Application, you do not need to complete the personal statement (There is a personal statement that must be completed in the required Departmental Questions section, which is located under the "Departmental Information" tab.) You also do not need to send additional letters of recommendation or provide transcripts directly to Indiana University School of Optometry.

Supplemental Application Fee

The IU supplemental application fee is $55.00 and is nonrefundable. All applicants who apply online MUST pay the fee using a credit card.

All supplemental application material including the departmental questions and OAT official score report must be received no later than February 28.