International Applicants and Those With Foreign Credentials

Except applicants attending English-language Canadian universities.

In addition to the application materials required of all incoming students, you will need to have your high school and college records evaluated by World Education Services, Inc. More information is available at World Education Services.

If English is your second language, you will be required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if you've been in the United States for fewer than three years or if the  Admissions Committee requires it of you. A score of 550 or greater is required. More information is available at the Education Training Service.

Graduates of foreign colleges of medicine, dentistry, osteopathy or veterinary medicine can be considered for admissions by meeting all regular admissions requirements, but will not be considered for Advanced Standing. Exemption from individual courses shall be determined by the Dean of Academic Affairs in conjunction with department chairpersons and the course instructor.

Foreign Optometric Programs of Study

Graduates of international colleges of optometry seeking advanced standing must apply through OptomCAS; submit two letters of recommendation; detailed syllabi of all post-secondary courses taken; submit Part 1 of the NBEO (or the OAT); and all other regular admission requirements. The advanced standing application is processed separately from the regular first year admissions process. In its deliberations, the Admissions Committee considers, among others, the following factors:

  • Whether the candidate would have qualified as a first year applicant.
  • Performance in their completed optometry program.
  • Compatibility of the foreign optometric curriculum with the SUNY College of Optometry's course of study.

Based upon a recommendation from the Dean's Council, a decision on admission, program design and requirements for the program completion is made by the Admission Committee