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Opto-Camp at Berkeley Optometry

Excited by the idea of spending three days at UC Berkeley?
Interested in a career in the health professions?
Intrigued by the field of Optometry and want to learn more?
... then Opto-Camp is for you!

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July 11-15, 2016
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Open to all, the goal of Berkeley Optometry's Opto-Camp is to provide pre-health science/pre-optometry majors, especially those who are underrepresented in the profession and/or first-generation college students, with in-depth information about Optometry as a career track and to prepare attendees to be successful applicants to optometry school.


The objective of Berkeley Optometry's Opto-Camp is to present a five-day "in residence" experience that will provide participants with opportunities to learn about the profession of optometry and the process of becoming an optometrist.

Opto-Camp Schedule

arrowFor informational purposes only, you may view a sample agenda from 2014:
Sample Schedule June 2014 [PDF]
* Please note the format is changing to one five-day session in 2016.

Who Can Participate?

  • Preferential consideration will be given to those applicants who will be entering into their senior year of college in the fall of 2016, then to those who will be juniors, and then to those who will be sophomores.
  • We will also consider applications from those who have already completed their undergraduate studies.
  • Out-of-State prospective Opto-Campers are welcomed and encouraged to apply.
  • A declared, or anticipated, major in the Sciences is preferred, but not required.
  • Preferential consideration will be given to applicants who are the first in their family to pursue post-high school education.
  • Preferential consideration will also be given to applicants who have a 3.0, or higher, cumulative GPA.
  • Participation will be capped at 40 Opto-Campers.
  • We do not consider applications from high school students.

Berkeley Optometry


  • If selected, there is a $200 USD program fee to attend.
  • A limited number of scholarships are available. Instructions are listed under "How Do I Apply."
  • Opto-Camp participants need to cover their travel expenses to and from the UC Berkeley campus.

How Do I Apply?

The application consists of two parts: the online application and supplemental mailed-in materials. Please note that we prefer self-managed applications. This means that applicants should mail an official transcript from their primary institution, application fee and payment form in ONE envelope. The application is submitted online.

Application Materials

In order to deem your Opto-Camp application complete, the following must be submitted by the deadline of MONDAY, APRIL 25, 2016:
(Note: Opto-Camp admission decisions are made after the deadline; it is not based on rolling admissions)

  • Completed Student Profile, Family Profile, Short Answers, and Letter of Recommendation information (All Online).
  • Letter of Recommendation and form submitted online by the recommender
  • Your most recent college or university official transcript in a signed and sealed envelope
  • $20.00 US Dollars non-refundable application processing fee. Only pay by personal check or money order, made out to "UC Regents." Please do not include cash! Sorry, no application fee waivers!
  • Payment Information Form
  • If you wish to be considered for an Opto-Camp Scholarship, please complete the Opto-Camp Scholarship Form*** and submit your financial aid award letter from the undergraduate institution you currently attend. If you are not currently enrolled, please submit a copy of your and your parents', where applicable, income tax return(s) and W2(s) from 2015. In addition to documentation, please submit the scholarship form along with your mailed-in supplemental materials.

    *** If you cannot type the required response in the interactive Opto-Camp Scholarship Form when viewing the form inside your web browser, first download the form to your computer and then open it in Adobe Reader (free app) or Adobe Acrobat Pro in order to complete the form.

Mail everything to:

Berkeley Optometry Opto-Camp
Admissions and Student Affairs Office
380 Minor Hall
School of Optometry
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-2020

Videos, Photo Albums, "Class Pictures," Articles, and Testimonials

Opto-Camp 2006 Video Photo Album
Opto-Camp 2007 (June & July) Video Group Photos
Opto-Camp 2007 (June & July) - Article (PDF)*
Opto-Camp 2008 (June & July) - Group Photos
Opto-Camp 2008 (June) Video -
Opto-Camp 2008 (July) Video -
Opto-Camp 2009 (June & July) - Group Photos
Opto-Camp 2009 (June & July) - Testimonials
Opto-Camp 2010 (June & July) - Group Photos
Opto-Camp 2011 (July) - Group Photos
Opto-Camp 2012 (June & July) - Group Photos
Opto-Camp 2013 (June & July) - Group Photos
Opto-Camp 2014 (June & July) - Group Photos

* Article published in California Optometry, Sept/Oct 2007, vol. 34, no. 5, p. 36.


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