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Welcome to Admissions!

Thank you for your interest in the University of Missouri St. Louis College of Optometry. Below you will find important information regarding our admissions process including important deadlines for admission consideration. If you have additional questions please contact the Office of Student Services.

July 1 OptomCAS application opens for 2014-15 cycle
July 15 UMSL-Optometry Supplemental Application opens 
January 5 Early deadline submission to be considered for Merit Scholarship
January 15 Last day to submit a complete OptomCAS application for verification.
January 30 Last day to take OAT and have scores released to UMSL College of Optometry
February 10 Last day to complete UMSL Supplemental Application
February 15

Last day UMSL will accept completed applications

*A completed application includes a complete, submitted, and verified OptomCAS, 
Supplemental application, and OAT scores.  In addition 3 letters of recommendations
**NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE TO THESE ESTABLISHED DEADLINES**

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.

The College of Optometry uses a “rolling” admissions process when admitting students. Students are encouraged to apply early for consideration of interview.  The admissions committee will review your application once it has been deemed complete.  A complete application includes:

  • OptomCAS application submitted and verified
    • Letters of recommendations received
    • All transcripts/grades reviewed and verified
  • Supplemental application
    • Paid and submitted
  • OAT scores released to the College of Optometry

Your application is reviewed on the following criteria:

  • Grade Point Average (GPA)
    • Science
    • Cumulative
    • Non Science
  • OAT Scores
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Extracurricular involvement
  • Personal Statement
  • Shadowing/Work Experience

The Admissions committee will review completed files and determine whether or not the applicant will be invited for an on-campus interview. 

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.