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Optometry School Facts and Figures

There are presently 23 Schools and Colleges of Optometry in the United States and Puerto Rico.  For the 2017 entering class, there were 2687 applicants (13,339 applications) for an average of 4.96 applications per applicant.  The average overall GPA for accepted applicants was 3.33.  The most selected major on the OptomCAS application was Biology.  67% of accepted applicants were female while 33% were male.

If you are a Kentucky resident, you should consider yourself fortunate.  In the Commonwealth, there is one college of optometry, University of Pikeville (private).  The University of Pikeville - Kentucky College of Optometry, admits approximately 90 students in their first year class.

Information about the Optometry Schools to which WKU students most often apply:


Univ. Pikeville

Southern College Indiana Univ. UAB Univ. MO-St. Louis Nova Southeastern
Avg. GPA 3.32  3.57  3.6  3.60  3.54  3.7
Avg. OAT
311  332  323  322  325  323
Apply/Enrolled 504/90  771/236  391/161  323/113  311/62  752/220

$39,600 (KY)

$32,613 (TN)

$27,980 (IN)

$27,548 (AL)

$25,253 (MO)

$32,613 (FL)

Application Fee

N/A  $50  $55  $75  $50  $50
Application Deadline April 15  March 1  January 15  March 1  January 15  April 1
% with Bachelor's Degree N/A  99%  88%  N/A  98%  89%


* Data are for the 2017 entering class and are from the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry

*The tuition and fees are based off the "in-state" tuition rate. Applicants are strongly encouraged to speak to each institution they are applying to about available schloraship and and financial aid opportunities.

 Click Here to Visit the Association of  Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) Web Site

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 Last Modified 12/5/18