Applying to the College

Applying to the College

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Welcome to Optometry 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 2020-21 cycle

July 1

UMSL-Optometry Supplemental Application opens
(The 2019-20 cycle is closed) 

January 15

Early deadline submission to be considered for Merit Scholarship

April 1

Last day to complete UMSL Supplemental Application

April 1

Last day UMSL accepts completed and verified applications

Please note that the verification of a completed OptomCAS application can take up to four weeks. The deadline for submission for the OptomCAS application is March 15th. 

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 in electronic form to OptomCAS excluding the supplemental application which must be completed online.

A completed application includes a complete, submitted, and verified OptomCAS, Supplemental Application, OAT scores, and three letters of recommendation.

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 (888-393-8675) or email Student Services.