Choosing The Optometry School For You

The OptomCAS for 2016 is about to open and with it comes figuring out where you’ll want to attend optometry school! The deciding process can be exciting and fun but also a little nerving and stressful. During the application process you’ll really want to do your research and be efficient in picking where to apply because applying to a lot programs can get costly.

So how do you choose?


Let’s take a look at some things to consider and questions to ask yourself when choosing the optometry school for you…





Location Location Location

Would you prefer a rural setting or a bustling city? Think about your time in undergrad, did that work for you or do you need a change of pace? A school visit is the wisest choice before finalizing your decision on location to get a real feel and glimpse into your future stay there. The importance of living in a cool city may take a back seat when keeping in mind the cost of living expense differences in locations too.


Tuition Costs

When thinking about tuition cost there are several factors to consider such as private vs public school or in-state vs out of state tuition, etc. Take a look at ASCO’s Profile of the 2013 Optometry Entering Class here keeping in mind of available aide and scholarships each program may offer (diligent research needed).


Program Specs

Be sure to take a look at program specifics like specializations and what kind of research opportunities are available to you. How important is class size to you? These all examples of things to look for when doing your homework on all the optometry schools you are considering!


The key to making your final decision will depend how you prioritize these topics of consideration.

So research and think it over carefully because these are very important next four years for you!