Standardized Test Now Optional
OD applicants, we understand that many of you have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, submission of standardized test scores will be optional for those applying for Fall 2022. We hope this new change will provide applicants with the opportunity to submit materials that they believe best illustrates their candidacy.
For students who do choose to submit test scores as a component of the application we do prefer the OAT although we will also gladly accept the MCAT, PCAT, DAT or GRE general exam. You will be able to indicate this within your OptomCAS application. Additionally, it is important to note that if you complete either an OAT or GRE exam that it will be visible to us for review once the scores are processed.
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 begins in June, at the start of the OptomCAS cycle. As completed applications are received, applicants will be contacted about invitations to interview. Applicants may expect to receive their admissions decision within four weeks of completing the interview process.
- Transcripts and application verified by OptomCAS
- Three individual Letters of recommendation received by OptomCAS
- UC Berkeley Supplemental Fee paid via the UC Berkeley Admissions Portal (Slate)
Note For Standardized Tests: If you would like your scores to be part of your application review, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible so that your application will be held for review. We hope this new change will provide applicants with the opportunity to submit materials that they believe best illustrate their candidacy.
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.Due to the holiday season, interviews for the December 2 cycle will be scheduled in early January.
Interview Notification Dates
Apply by August 15, 2022
Interview Notification Date August 19, 2022
Apply by September 30, 2022
Interview Notification Date October 12, 2022
Apply by December 2, 2022
Interview Notification Date December 18, 2022
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 2027. 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.
- All students are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
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.
How to Apply
On this page we’ll go over the basic requirements for admission to the OD program. You can also visit our Applicant Profile page to see GPA and test scores for our previous applicants.How to Apply Join Our Email List