College of Optometry

Applying to the College


Applying to the College

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Welcome to Admissions!

The College of Optometry accepts OptomCAS applications from July 15 until January 15 at 5 P.M. Applications will not be accepted after this date. No exceptions will be made to this deadline.

We use a "rolling" admissions policy, which means the college sends out acceptance letters during the application period until the class is filled. We currently admit between 44-46 students each application cycle.

January 5 is our early deadline to potentially quality for merit scholarships. We recommend you apply before the January 5 deadline (close of business, all application materials must be submitted to OptomCAS. This also includes our supplemental application to our university).

January 15 is the last day you can submit your centralized application to OptomCAS. We do not accept paper copies. (A submitted application means you have paid the required application fee.) This deadline is in place to allow three to four week processing of your application by OptomCAS.

February 10 is the last day to submit with payment the supplemental application with payment.

February 15 is the final deadline that ALL completed applications* will be accepted that were submitted to OptomCAS by the January 15th deadline. *A completed application includes: Completed OptomCAS received by January 15th. Supplemental Application submitted by February 10 and OAT scores authorized for release by January 30th.  

NOTE: Due to OptomCAS verification process, the deadline for submission for the OptomCAS application is January 15th. Verification can take up to 3 to 4 weeks. In addition, we do not accept paper copies of documents including, but not limited to: OptomCAS applications, supplemental application, transcripts or letters of recommendations.  All materials must be submitted through electronic form to OptomCAS excluding the supplemental application which must be completed online.

Two Step Process

The Centralized Application Service for all Schools and Colleges of Optometry requires that you apply through the centralized service. The "Application" link to the left will direct you to a page from which you can find the Optometry Centralized Application Service (OptomCAS) portal and our supplemental application. You will be able to get to the supplemental application from the OptomCAS portal without having to return to our website, but both links are provided here for your easy access. A supplemental application and fee is required. Please note the $50.00 supplemental application fee is non-refundable.

NOTE: We can only accept payment of your supplemental application fee on-line. Please be prepared to enter your checking or saving account information or a credit card, before beginning your application. DO NOT SEND CASH, CHECKS, MONEY ORDERS or CREDIT CARD INFORMATION TO OUR CAMPUS. If you are not prepared to enter your payment at this time, please stop and come back at a later time.

Review of Your Application

The admissions committee has the responsibility to review and evaluate all applications and select the best-qualified applicants. The committee will consider your overall grade point average, the grade point you achieved in the sciences, your grade trends during college, and your scores on all sections of the Optometry Admission Test. Your application will also be evaluated on less quantitative measures such as extracurricular activities and interests, related or unrelated work experiences, written narrative and letters of recommendation.

If the committee feels you are a competitive applicant, you will be invited for an on-campus interview. This is also an opportunity for you to tour the campus, see St. Louis, meet with current students, and have your questions answered about our program, financial aid and housing.

Thank you for considering the College of Optometry at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. If you have questions, please don't hesitate to call the Student Services Office at 888-EYE-UMSL (393-8675) or email Student Services.