Optometry, OD

Optometry School, OD

Below is a list of resources for students who are interested in applying to optometry school. This is not an exhaustive list of resources and it is recommended you meet with the Center frequently to discuss your overall progress.


Optometry School Resources

Career Overview Overview provided by the Occupational Outlook Handbook.
Fact Sheet The optometry school fact sheet gives a basic outline of the requirements for optometry school, including the national statistics for those admitted as well as suggestions for how to become a successful applicant.
Colleges, OD This link, provided by the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO), lists the contact information for U.S. Optometry Programs.
OAT This links to the Optometry Admissions Test.
OptomCAS The Optometry Centralized Application Service will launch in July 2009 for applications for academic year 2010-11.
AOA The American Optometric Association maintains helpful information about the profession.
Shadowing Lists This list is not an exhaustive list of potential places to shadow. It is highly recommend that you contact optometrists early in your career to see about shadowing them and/or regularly volunteering in a clinical setting.
Volunteer Information The GVSU Community Service Learning Center organizes one-day and on-going service and volunteer events for GVSU students. Stop by their office at 1110B Kirkhof Center or visit their website for more information. Look under Community Partner Program & Events for one-day and on-going opportunities.
Optometry Admission Requirements
2012-2013 Handbook
A great resource for prospective students, applicants and those interested in information about the optometry profession.



OD Application Information/Materials

Application Process Sheet An overview of the application process. This form serves only as a guideline to the application process, it is up to you as the applicant to make sure you are meeting any deadlines or requirements outlined by the application and testing services, as well as individual school requirements. Application Checklist for those who have started the process.
File and Application Waiver The File Waiver form is used to open up your application file in the CLAS Academic Advising Center. The Application Waiver gives us permission to anonymously use portions of your application as examples to future students. You may print the document to the left and bring it in to the Center, or click here for a Microsoft Word version of the document. With this option you will be able fill out the document electronically and email it to the pre-professional advisor.
Student Information Sheet As we prepare to write your Advisor's Cover Letter, this informational sheet provides additional information for us to more completely represent you to the chiropractic school admissions committee. You may print the document to the left and bring it in to the Center, or you can fill out the document electronically and email it to the pre-professional advisor.
Letter of Recommendation Form It is strongly recommended that you provide a copy of this form to those individuals who will be submitting a letter of recommendation for you. Please remember to fill out the top portion of the form before you give it to your letter writers.
Writing Personal Statements Information to get you started on your personal statement. It is also recommended that you visit the Writing Center (120 LOH) for additional help with the personal statement.