The Admissions Committee of the School of Optometry strives to admit students who will be successful both in the academic program and in the practice of optometry. Our goal each year is to bring in a class of approximately 65 students. We welcome your application!
Selection is based on holistic review of the entire application, including previous college-level academic achievement, standardized test scores, and qualitative factors such as biographical information, assessment of suitability for performing clinical work, letters of recommendation, interview performance, and life experience.
We conduct a rolling admissions process which runs from the beginning of the OptomCAS cycle to March 15, 2020 for Fall 2021 entrance. As completed applications are received, applicants will be contacted about invitations to interview. Applicants may expect to receive their admissions decision within three weeks of completing the interview process.
- Transcripts and application verified by OptomCAS
- Three individual Letters of recommendation received by OptomCAS
- Standardized test scores received by OptomCAS or the Admissions and Student Affairs Office
- UC Berkeley Supplemental Fee paid via the UC Berkeley Admissions Portal (Slate)
Note: For applicants who take their standardized test on March 15, we will need a copy of your unofficial scores. Admissions decisions will not be released until we receive your official score.
Invitations to Interview
Invitations to interview will be released on a monthly basis (see schedule below). The Admissions and Student Affairs Office will provide the applicant with available dates to participate in the interview process. All completed applications received by the deadlines indicated below will receive notification by the specified date. Applicants will have one week from the date of notification to accept the invitation to interview.
Interview Notification Dates
Apply by July 27, 2020
Interview Notification Date August 10, 2020
Apply by August 31, 2020
Interview Notification Date September 14, 2020
Apply by September 28, 2020
Interview Notification Date October 12, 2020
Apply by October 26, 2020
Interview Notification Date November 9, 2020
Apply by November 30, 2020
Interview Notification Date December 14, 2020
Apply by January 18, 2021
Interview Notification Date February 1, 2021
Apply by February 15, 2021
Interview Notification Date March 1, 2021
Apply by March 15. 2021
Interview Notification Date March 30, 2021
After You Receive an Offer of Admission
Students who have been admitted into an entering class are required to take certain steps to secure their seats in that class. The deadline to complete these steps will be provided by the Admissions and Student Affairs Office following their completed application and interview.
- Accept the offer.
- Pay deposit. Berkeley Optometry requires a non-refundable $750 enrollment deposit to secure your seat in the class of 2025. This $750 will be applied to your first semester of tuition.
- Complete background check. Berkeley Optometry requires a criminal background check (CBC) for all newly-admitted applicants prior to matriculation into the program. All admitted applicants are “Provisionally Accepted” until CBC results are obtained and cleared.</li
The Faculty believes that differences in educational philosophy and practice among the schools and colleges of optometry make the completion of a single uninterrupted curriculum in the best interests of both students and the profession. Accordingly, it is the policy of the Faculty to discourage optometry students from other institutions from seeking to transfer to Berkeley Optometry.
Admission of students to Berkeley Optometry's professional program is the responsibility of the Academic Senate Faculty (Faculty). The Faculty appreciates and endorses the value of continuity in an optometric professional program expressed in the revised Recommended Guidelines and Practices for the Admission of Transfer Students approved by the Board of Directors of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) in 2015.
After a student has accepted admission, disclosure of information from his or her student records is governed by the Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974. While FERPA does not pertain to applicants who have not accepted admission, it is Berkeley Optometry’s policy to not release applicant information to third parties (e.g., parents, pre-health advisors, spouses) unless there has been prior written consent from the applicant.
The US Department of Education has issued regulations requiring higher education programs that are intended to meet professional licensure and certification requirements to disclose to students whether the program meets licensure and certification requirements in individual states. The required disclosure is posted on the website of the Institutional Research and Academic Planning (IRAP) department at UC Office of the President at this URL as of July 1, 2020.
UC Berkeley Supplemental Fee
All graduate students applying to Berkeley need to pay a supplemental fee. Once you submit your OptomCas application, you will receive an email from UC Berkeley’s Graduate Division prompting you how to pay the fee. The fee is $66 for both domestic and international students.