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!

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Selection Criteria

Selection is based on holistic review of the entire application, including previous college-level academic achievement, OAT scores, and qualitative factors such as biographical information, assessment of suitability for performing clinical work, letters of recommendation, interview performance, and life experience.

Application Deadline

December 2, 2019 at 8:59pm Pacific Time
Fall of 2020 application accepted July 2, 2019 – Dec 2, 2019

Our application deadline is December 2, however, we encourage applicants to apply early as we will release invitations to interview in batches throughout the application season. Applicants who apply early will get advance notice of their invitation to interview on our Interview Day on January 25, 2020.

All applicants in consideration for admission to UC Berkeley Optometry are interviewed on the same day in late January. Our Interview Day is a unique event that creates a uniform experience for all applicants and provides an immersive experience in the Berkeley Optometry community.

Applicants invited to Interview Day will visit Minor Hall, the home of the School of Optometry, and meet our faculty, students, and staff. Along with learning more about what makes Berkeley Optometry an exceptional OD program, applicants will meet other applicants who will be their future classmates and professional colleagues.

Invitations to interview will be released in four rounds. All complete applications received by each round deadline will receive notification by the specified date below. Applicants will have one week from the date of notification to accept the invitation to interview.

Round 1
Completed Application Deadline: Sept 9 (extension due to administrative delay)
Interview Day Invitation Notification: Sept 20

Round 2
Completed Application Deadline: Oct 2
Interview Day Invitation Notification: Oct 21

Round 3
Completed Application Deadline: Nov 2
Interview Day Invitation Notification: Nov 22

Round 4
Completed Application Deadline: Dec 2
Interview Day Invitation Notification: Dec 20*

*For applicants who take the OAT on December 2, decisions may be closer to the first week of January depending on when the scores are received and recorded into OptomCAS.

To be considered complete, an application must have:

  • 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 (final date to sit for exams is December 2, 2019)
  • UC Berkeley Supplemental Fee paid via the UC Berkeley Admissions Portal (Slate)

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 is typically mid-April and on the Monday following Berkeley Optometry’s Admit Day.

  1. Accept the offer.
  2. Pay deposit. Berkeley Optometry requires a non-refundable $750 enrollment deposit to secure your seat in the class of 2024. This $750 will be applied to your first semester of tuition.
  3. 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

Transfer Students

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.

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. However, the Faculty recognize that truly extraordinary circumstances may compel a student to request to transfer, even though doing so would result in a significant extension of the student's professional program beyond the usual 4 years. Optometry students who believe they are in such an extraordinary situation may contact the Admissions and Student Affairs Office for further information on the school’s procedures for reviewing applications for admission from transfer students.

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.

Disclosure

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.