How to Apply

Doctor of Optometry

Indiana University School of Optometry, IUSO, application period for students entering with or without a bachelor’s degree begins on July 1 and ends on January 15. Students can apply to the Doctor of Optometry, O.D. program before finishing their bachelor’s degree.

O.D. Program Application Requirements
1. OptomCAS Application

Please submit your OptomCAS application between July 1 and January 15 to apply for admission to the IUSO O.D. program.

2. University Graduate School Supplemental Application

All candidates should complete the University Graduate School supplemental application after submitting the OptomCAS application. All supplemental application material including the departmental questions and OAT official score report must be received no later than February 28.

On the University Graduate School supplemental application, you do not need to complete the personal statement. You also do not need to send additional letters of recommendation, writing samples or provide transcripts directly to Indiana University School of Optometry.

Supplemental Application Fee

The University Graduate School supplemental application fee is $55.00 and is nonrefundable. All applicants who apply online MUST pay the fee using a credit card. The supplemental application is deemed complete when you receive a confirmation from the system after payment is submitted.

3. IUSO Departmental Questions

There are two ways to complete the IUSO departmental questions:

    1. Accessing the departmental information tab within the University Graduate School supplemental application, under the departmental questions section.
    2. Direct: IUSO Departmental Questions

Please complete the short essay and prerequisites worksheet. There is no confirmation notification after submitting the IUSO departmental questions and you may submit updated versions at any time.

4. 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 or (312) 440-2693

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

5. 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.

Contacting Admissions


Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns regarding your application.

Office of Student Administration
IU School of Optometry
800 E. Atwater Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47405-3680
Phone: (812)-855-1917
Fax: 812-855-4389
Email: iubopt@indiana.edu

Transfer admissions are permitted but not encouraged.