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 and vision scientists, 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: 362

Applicants (OD class entering in 2018): 614 applicants; 98 enrolled

Students from New York State:  approximately 55%

Female/male ratio: approximately 70%/30%

Typical GPA of entering OD classes: average of 3.51

Graduate Students: 16 PhD, 19 OD/MS, 10 Post-Doctoral Fellows

Alumni: approximately 2,600


Faculty: 103 PhDs and ODs

Full-time faculty: 60

Part-time faculty: 43


The College conducts a robust program of basic, translational and clinical research

Grants in FY 2013-14: 45

Funding: approximately $3.1 million

Clinical Education

Typical number of patient encounters by an OD student over four years: approximately 1,500

National Board pass rates:  81% passed Part I (2014), 99% passed Part II (2013) 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 at the UEC in FY 2013-14:  68,458

Patients referred from area physicians, optometrists and health care providers in FY 2013-14: 11,273

The following services are offered at the UEC:

  • Primary Care, including pediatrics, children with special needs, infant and learning disabilities
  • Advanced Care, including specialized care for patients with cataracts, glaucoma, diabetes, macular degeneration and other ocular disease as well as specialty contact lens and special testing
  • Rehabilition, including individualzied care for pateints with visual disorders, low vision and head trauma
  • Social Work Services, including free support groups and other support services and referrals for long-term counseling
  • Eyewear Center, with a large slection of frames, designer eyewear and specialty lenses

Community outreach includes:  Indigent Patient Fund; Homebound Program; Bowery Mission and a various partnerships with 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: 20

Assets: $9.9 million


In-state tuition:  $24,080 (OD Program)

Out-of-state tuition: $43,740

Scholarship and grant money awarded during FY 2013- 2014: approximately $600,000

Annual operating budget: approximately $32 million

Payroll: approximately $27 million 


All classrooms, research facilities and the library are located in a 298,000 square-foot, 18-story building on 42nd Street in Midtown Manhattan. The University Eye Center is also locted in the building with some externship sites located around New York City and beyond.

Last updated: August 2014

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