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Ohio State University College of Optometry

338 West Tenth Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43210
Phone: 614-292-2647 or 866-678-644
Email: optometry@osu.edu

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The Ohio State University College of Optometry in Columbus is one of the oldest optometry schools in the United States, and has trained and educated numerous outstanding optometrists, educators, and researchers. The college offers a Doctor of Optometry, Masters of Vision Science which can be obtained at the same time as the D.O., and a PhD in Vision Science. It is one of the few accredited optometry schools to offer a PhD in the optometry field. The college of optometry also offers residency programs through VA medical facilities and a few in Ocular Disease, including one at the Cincinnati Eye Institute.

Research is one of the big attributes of the Ohio State University College of Optometry, and E. F. Wildermuth Optometric Research Clinic is continually doing research on vision related studies. This also gives students the option to go into research through continuing education.


The tuition for the 2011-2012 academic year was estimated at $21,366 for the first three quarters for residents. Non-residents pay an additional $9,687 per quarter for the first year for a total of $50,427. Please check the school for updated and accurate tuition and fees. The good news for non-residents applying for the program is that they attain residency after one full year of residence in Ohio.

Education Requirements

The Ohio State University College of Optometry does not require applicants to have a Bachelors degree, but does require applicants to have at least 135 quarter hours of credits in pre-optometry courses. These courses include Biology, Microbiology, Chemistry, Physics, and other basic courses. The College of Optometry also offers a Prerequisite Evaluation form to help prospective students ensure that their courses at other institutions meet the college’s standards for the Doctor of Optometry program.

Admissions Checklist

  • School of Optometry Application- OptomCAS
  • Essay/Personal Statement
  • Official academic transcripts
  • OAT Scores
  • 3 letters of recommendation - at least one from an optometrist and one from a professor
  • 10 hours of observation of at least two different optometric practice settings

2011 Entering Class Profile

  • Total Applications: 612
  • # of Residents Applied: 91
  • # of Non-residents Applied:521
  • Number of Applicants Accepted: 95
  • # of Residents Accepted: 54
  • # of Non-residents Accepted:41
  • Number of Students Enrolled: 64
  • # of Enrolled with Bachelors degree: 57
  • # of Males Enrolled: 17
  • # of Females Enrolled: 47
  • # of States Represented: 14
  • Overall Average GPA: 3.60
  • Average OAT AA Score: 331
  • Average OAT Total Science Score: 329
  • Residents 1st Year Tuition and Fees: $22785
  • Non-residents 1st Year Tuition and Fees: $51840
  • Offers Advanced Standing: No

Affiliated Optometric Residency

icon Louis B. Stokes VA Residency in Ocular Disease - Cleveland, OH

icon Cincinnati Eye Institute Residency in Ocular Disease - Cincinnati, OH

icon Erdey Searcy Eye Group Residency in Ocular Disease - Columbus, OH

icon Columbus Chillicothe VA Residency in Ocular Disease - Columbus, OH

icon Ohio Eye Alliance Residency in Ocular Disease - Alliance, OH

icon Eye Center of Toledo Residency in Ocular Disease - Toledo, OH

icon Cincinnati VA Residency in Primary Care - Cincinnati, OH

icon Dayton VA Residency in Primary Care - Dayton, OH


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