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Frequently Asked Optometry School Requirements Questions

General Admissions

  • 1.  What is involved in the application process?

    UIWRSO will immediately begin processing admission applications in the order that they are received.  For an applicant to receive full consideration, the following must be submitted:

    - Completed centralized OptomCAS application (with UIWRSO as a Designated School recipient)

    - Official Optometry Admission Test (OAT) scores released directly to UIWRSO

    Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended and letters of recommendation should be sent directly to OptomCAS for centralized processing.

    The Admissions Committee will review all completed applications and will extend invitations for on-campus interviews to those candidates with competitive applications. 

  • 2.  What is the admission criteria?

    Our admission policy is competitive in order to select those applicants who have the potential for academic success and who will be a credit to the optometric profession as well as the global community. Eligible applicants will be evaluated on the following criteria:

    • Successful completion of prerequisite coursework (minimum of 90 semester hours)
    • A recommended minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale
    • A recommended minimum overall Optometry Admission Test score of 300
    • Letters of recommendation
    • On-campus interview conducted by a member of the Admissions Committee
    • Extracurricular and community service activities
    • Communication skills
    • Interest in and understanding of the optometric profession
  • 3.  What are the deadlines for applying?

    Candidates applying for the 2018 academic year must submit an OptomCAS application no later than May 1, 2018. The deadline for supporting documentation including the OAT scores is June 1, 2017.

    However, please remember applications will be processed as they are received and offers of acceptance for qualified applicants will be made on a rolling basis, therefore applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible during the application period.  Qualified individuals will be admitted on a continual basis until the class is filled OR until the deadline date.

     

  • 4.  Is there an application fee?

    There is no fee for the RSO Supplemental Form for Admission

  • 5.  Do I need to have a bachelor's degree before applying to the School of Optometry?

    A bachelor's degree is not required, but it is preferred for applicants to UIWRSO.  All applicants must complete a minimum of 90 semester hours of college coursework from an accredited college or university prior to application.

  • 6.  Do I need to be a science or biology major to apply to UIWRSO?

    No, the UIWRSO encourages students from all academic backgrounds to apply.

  • 7. What is the expected class size?

    Class size is projected to be approximately 68 students.

  • 8.  Does UIWRSO have a rolling admission?

    Applications will be processed as they are received and offers of acceptance for qualified applicants will be made on a rolling basis, therefore applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible during the application period.  Qualified individuals will be admitted on a continual basis until the class is filled.

  • 9.  Do you have a quota for accepting students from Texas?

    The UIWRSO accepts both domestic and international students without state residency restrictions.

  • 10.  Do you accept transfer applicants from other optometry schools?

    The UIWRSO endorses the concept that student continuity at a single institution for the duration of the professional degree program, is often in the best interest of the student.  Currently UIWRSO does not accept transfer students including those with advanced standing.

  • 11.  How many shadowing hours do I need?

    The UIWRSO does not require a certain amount of shadowing hours.  However, it is recommended that students are exposed to the day-to-day routine of an optometrist and develop a diverse knowledge of the profession at every opportunity.

  • 12. Do you accept letters of recommendation by a committee?

    Yes, according to the OptomCAS FAQ's, if the Committee Letter of Recommendation is a compilation from several individuals and contains one Recommendation Request Form and one letter, it will be considered as one LOR.

Prerequisites 

 

OAT and GPA

 

 Admissions Interviews

  • 24.  What is the admission interview like?

    Only those applicants with the strongest credentials will be invited to UIWRSO for an interview.  On the day of the interview, candidates will be personally interviewed by a member of the Admissions Committee where the candidate's professionalism, motivation, initiative, communication, and interpersonal skills will be evaluated.  Candidates will receive information regarding financial aid, housing, student services and student life. Campus and clinic tours are also part of the interview experience.

  • 25.  How can I best prepare for the interview process?

    Candidates will be expected to be on time and to dress professionally for their interview.  Be prepared to discuss your academic background, any achievements or experiences related to your academic preparation, your motivation and interest in optometry as a profession, and your future professional goals.  Most importantly, be yourself since the Admissions Committee would like to see a true picture of you as a student and as a future optometrist.

  • 26.  How soon will I know if I have been accepted?

    Those students selected for on-campus interviews will be notified of their admission status after all required information has been received.

  • 27.  What is the deadline for the admissions committee to invite a student for an interview?

    There is no official deadline for the admissions committee to interview students due to the nature of rolling admissions.  We will discontinue admissions interviews once the class has been filled.

 

 International Students

 Financial Aid

  • 31.  What is tuition?

    Please refer to the tuition and fee section.

  • 32.  How do I apply for financial aid?

    Students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and any other documentation required by the Financial Aid representative by the appropriate deadline. Students are awarded and packaged financial aid for tuition, fees, books, room, board, transportation, and personal expenses.  Upon admission and enrollment to UIWRSO, students will meet with the Director of Admissions and Student Services to review their financial needs and determine their financial packaging.

  • 33.  Does UIWRSO offer Scholarships?

    UIWRSO offers both institutional merit-based scholarships and external scholarships. Please visit the Scholarships and Grants page for additional information.

 Student Life

  • 34.  Is there housing available?

    University on-campus housing options will be made accessible to Optometry students, based upon availability.  Importantly, information on apartments and other housing options located in close proximity to the UIWRSO campus will also be available to students.

  • 35.  Is there a dress code?

    Yes, UIWRSO Professional Dress Code and Conduct Policy is to promote the development of professional maturity and to maintain the atmosphere of professionalism required of a healthcare facility.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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