Dated: March 30, 2020

In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, SUNY Optometry is allowing the following alternatives to its admissions requirements:

  • Distant learning/online science course completion for the Spring 2020 term
  • P/F grades for any required course for the Spring 2020 term (this is contingent on the policy instituted at the respective undergraduate institution)
    • The conditions above apply to both traditional applicants and joint degree program applicants
    • These changes will continue to apply through all semester/quarters impacted by the pandemic, but will return to their original conditions upon normalizing.
  • We understand shadowing experiences are not possible during the COVID-19 outbreak. While we strongly encourage applicants to have extensive and varied shadowing experiences before applying, we will take this into consideration for applicants immediately impacted by this during the 2020-2021 application cycle.
  • There are no current changes to the application deadlines for the 2020-2021 application cycle.

Please feel free to contact our Admissions Office to inquire how we can further assist you in successfully applying throughout this pandemic at

The SUNY College of Optometry offers students an outstanding optometric education and clinical experience in one of the most vibrant cities in the world. Our Doctor of Optometry (OD) program, as well as our MS and PhD programs in Vision Science, are taught by outstanding faculty at our state-of-the-art campus in Midtown Manhattan. The University Eye Center, our on-campus patient-care facility, sees over 70,000 patient visits a year in multiple clinical services, including primary care, infant and pediatric care, vision rehabilitation, ocular disease and imaging, specialty contact lenses, traumatic brain injury and more.

For more information, contact the Admissions office at

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The SUNY College of Optometry is accredited by the Board of Regents of the State University of New York (State Education Department). The College is regionally accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Its professional program and its programs of residency education are accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education of the American Optometic Association.The College does not discriminate on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, race, national origin, age, disability, or residence in its admission policy.

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