SUNY Optometry considers the whole student during the admissions process. A high undergraduate GPA and high OAT scores are only two of the factors that we use to decide if a candidate is a good fit for us. The Admissions Committee also considers the quality of the candidate’s undergraduate institution, type of program pursued, progression of grades, extracurricular activities, leadership and community involvement, communication and interpersonal skills, letters of recommendation, personal interview and commitment to the profession. Only the applicants with the strongest credentials will be invited to the College for an interview.
Out-of-state and foreign residents are encouraged to apply. We do not discriminate against out-of-state residents for admission. Most out-of-state US citizens are eligible for in-state tuition after one year at SUNY Optometry.
If you have further questions after reading the admissions pages, you can contact our office for a telephone counseling session or to schedule an in-person advising session.
Applications can be submitted as early as July 1 (a year prior to entry), but no later than March 1 of the year the applicant plans to enroll. The Admissions Committee begins to make decisions early in the academic year (mid-August.) We strongly encourage submitting applications as early as possible.
OAT Scores Deadline
The deadline to take the OAT is February 28. However, we recommend that applicants take the OAT by the fall of the application year. OATs taken after the deadline will not be accepted.