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.
The application cycle begins July 1st of the year prior, and ends March 1st of the year the applicant intends to enroll. (I.e.: July 1, 2015-March 1, 2016 for August 2016 enrollment)
Applications are processed on a first come, first serve basis. The Admissions Committee begins making decisions early in the application process (mid-September). We strongly encourage submitting applications as early in the process as possible.
Admissions Materials & Resources
Contact our General Office of Student Affairs for a telephone counseling session or to schedule an in-person admissions consultation.