Fact Sheet

Founded in 1971, the State University of New York College of Optometry is a public, fully accredited, four-year professional college of optometry and vision science. Located in New York City, the College is a leader in the education of optometrists, research in vision science and comprehensive patient care. Here's the College at a glance:

Students and Admissions

Degrees awarded: OD, PhD, MS/OD and OD/PhD

Enrollment: 330

Applicants (OD class entering in 2017): 582 applicants; 88 enrolled

Students from New York State:  approximately 42%

Female/male ratio: approximately 75%/25%

Typical GPA of entering OD classes: average of 3.51

Graduate Students: 12 PhD, 18 OD/MS, 6 Post-Doctoral Fellows

Alumni: 2,515


Faculty: 103 PhDs and ODs

Full-time faculty: 58

Part-time faculty: 45


Grants: 36

External grants: $3.9 million

Clinical Education

Typical number of patient encounters by a student over four years: 1,500

National Board pass rates:  95% passed Part I (2013), 99% passed Part II (2012) and 92% passed Part III (2013) on first attempt

International affiliation: Wenzhou Medical University, Wenzhou, China; LV Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, India

Residency Programs

Residents: 37

Residency areas: Cornea and Contact Lenses; Family Practice; Low Vision Rehabilitation; Ocular Disease; Pediatrics; Primary Eye Care; Acquired Brain Injury; Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation

Patient Care

The University Eye Center (UEC) is one of the largest optometric outpatient facilities in the nation offering both primary and specialized vision-care services.

Patient visits on-site:  73,225

Patients referred from area physicians, optometrists and healthcare providers: 10,395

In addition to primary care, the following specialized vision services are offered:

  • Contact Lenses
  • Dry Eye Services
  • Glaucoma Institute
  • Head Trauma Rehabilitation
  • Laser Eye Surgery
  • Learning Disabilities Unit
  • Low Vision Services/Rehabilitation
  • Ocular Disease and Special Testing
  • Pediatrics, Children with Special Needs and Infant Vision Clinic
  • Social Work Services
  • University Eyewear Center
  • Vision Therapy/Rehabilitation
  • Sports Vision

Community outreach:  Indigent Patient Fund; Homebound Program; Bowery Mission; partnerships with psychiatric centers, hospitals and diagnostic and treatment centers affiliated with the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation.

Optometric Center of New York (OCNY)

Founded in 1956, the OCNY is the nonprofit allied and endowing foundation of the College.

Volunteer trustees: 22

Assets: $8.6 million

Scholarship money awarded in 2013- 2014: $247,000


In-state tuition:  $21,890 (OD Program)

Out-of-state tuition: $40,880

Annual operating budget: $31,590,949

Payroll: $24 million 


All classrooms, library, research laboratories and patient care clinics of the College are located in a 298,000 square foot, 18-story building on 42nd Street in Midtown Manhattan.

Last updated: November 2013

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