How to Apply

Doctor of Optometry

Completion of the Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree offered by the School of Optometry requires fulfillment of a bachelor’s degree, including all preoptometry requirements and satisfactory completion of the four-year professional curriculum. Transfer admissions are permitted but not encouraged.

Students can apply to the Doctor of Optometry program before finishing their bachelor’s degree.

The selection process

We encourage all qualified persons of all gender, racial, and ethnic groups to apply.

  • Applications are due January 15 of the year of entry.
  • Applicants do not need to have completed all of the preoptometry requirements to apply for admission. Requirements must be completed by the time the applicant enters.
  • All application materials, including OAT scores, supplemental application, and departmental questions must be received by February 28 of the year of entry.

Applicant evaluation

Academics: college grades and the OAT test scores are considered. Each section of the OAT is evaluated separately. College grades carry slightly more weight.

Personal attributes: applicants are evaluated on character recommendations, accounts of participation in extracurricular activities, work experience, recognitions received, and the application narrative.

International students

Students who are not residents of the United States should follow specific application procedures for international students.

Student immunization information

All students entering the School of Optometry must meet the immunization requirements of the university and Indiana Code 20-12-71. IUSO students will not be allowed to enroll in classes until immunization requirements have been fulfilled.

Read the Student Immunization Policy

Indiana state law and Indiana University policy require students to document immunizations in English. Please download, complete, and return the School of Optometry Student Immunization Form to the Student Administration Office, OPT room 310, prior to the start of your first semester. Call 812-855-1917 if you have questions.

For those students who have a medical condition that precludes receiving vaccines, please download the Medical Contraindication Statement. Complete and return the form to the Student Administration Office, OPT room 310, prior to the start of your first semester. Call 812-855-1917 if you have questions.

Contact Admissions

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