About Our Camp

Open to all, Opto-Camp is a five-day “in-residence” program that provides participants with opportunities to learn about the profession of optometry and the process of becoming an optometrist. A goal of Opto-Camp is to provide in-depth information about Optometry as a career track to those who are underrepresented in the profession and/or first-generation college students.

Important Dates

The application period for Opto-Camp 2019 is March 4th, 2019 to May 17th, 2019
Opto-Camp dates for 2019 are July 15-19

Activities

  1. Opportunities to network and learn from OD alumni, current students and faculty
  2. Workshops on applying and interviewing for admissions
  3. Participating in a live eye exam simulation
  4. Learn about the fundamentals of vision health
  5. Hands-on demonstrations using optometric equipment
  6. Excursion to San Francisco

Eligibility

  • Interest in Optometry.
  • Enrolled in, or have completed undergraduate studies.
  • U.S. citizens, Permanent Residents, and international applicants are welcome to apply!

Costs

  • Thanks to the support of VSP (Vision Service Plan), there is no application Fee.
  • If selected, there is a $200 fee to attend.
  • Program fee covers housing and most meals during the 5-day program. Participants are responsible for travel to and from UC Berkeley.

Financial Assistance

If you wish to be considered for an Opto-Camp scholarship, please complete the scholarship section of our online application. You will be asked to provide your financial award letter from the undergraduate institution you currently attend or documentation that demonstrates need.

How To Apply

APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 17th , 2019
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The application consists of the following: an online application, short answer questions, a letter of recommendation, and an official transcript from your primary institution, which must be in an unopened, signed sealed envelope and sent to the following address listed under Contact Us at the bottom of this page. See below for details on the application parts.

Student profile information (contact information, DOB, GPA, etc.)
Emergency contact information
Parents education level
Household income
What sort of experiences (personal, academic or extracurricular) have you had related to the field of Optometry and/or any other Health Professions?

Please list and describe your involvement in school clubs and/or athletics and/or community service activities.

Why would you like to attend Opto-Camp?

Tell us about a quality, trait, or characteristic that makes you unique?

Recommender name and job title
Recommender phone number
Recommender email

When you submit your application, an email will be sent directly to your recommender with instructions on how to provide your letter of recommendation. Please make sure your letter writer knows to expect an email from optometry-admissions@berkeley.edu.

Financial aid award letter from the undergraduate institution you currently attend (for upload).

Question: The Opto-Camp scholarship is intended to help support those students who are economically disadvantaged to attend this program. Please explain why you should be considered.

FAQs

Q: I am in high school; can I attend the program?
A: We do not consider applications from high school students.

Q: Is there a GPA requirement?
A: While we do not have a minimum GPA requirement, preferential consideration will be given to applicants who have a 3.0, or higher cumulative
GPA.

Q: Is there a specific major I need to have?
A: A declared, or anticipated, major in the Sciences is preferred, but not required.

Q: What if I can only attend some of the days?
A: Participants are required to attend the program in its entirety.

Q: Do I have to be currently enrolled in undergrad to apply?
A: You do not currently need to be enrolled in undergraduate studies. Applicants must have completed, or be enrolled in, undergraduate studies at a four-year institution or community college.

Q: Do I have to be applying this cycle?
A: Applicants do not need to be in the process of applying to optometry programs. Opto-Camp is a great experience for both individuals who are applying and individuals who are exploring optometry as a career.

Q: Is this a guarantee to get into UC Berkeley School of Optometry?
A: Attending Opto-Camp does not guarantee admission into UC Berkeley School of Optometry, however it provides a number of advantages in putting forward a competitive application.

Q: Is housing provided on Sunday before the program or Friday after the program?
A: Housing is only provided during the program, Monday through Thursday nights. Applicants are responsible for accommodating their own housing if they plan on staying in the bay area before or after the program.

Q: Is parking provided?
A: As parking is limited in the Berkeley area, we are unable to provide parking.

Q: If I don’t get in this year, can I apply again?
A: Applicants are welcome and encouraged to reapply!

Q: Who should write my letter of recommendation?
A: The strongest letters of recommendation come from people who know you well and have been in a position to oversee your work. Letters from individuals in the optometric field, while helpful, are not required. We recommend receiving a letter of recommendation from an Optometrist, supervisor in either an employment or volunteer setting, life science professor, or pre-health advisor.

Q: Where do I send my official transcript?
A: If you are sending an electronic transcript, please send it to optometry-admissions@berkeley.edu. If you are mailing a transcript, please mail it to Admissions and Student Affairs, 380 Minor Hall Berkeley, CA 92740.

Contact Us

Please contact us if you have any questions about Opto-Camp or about the application process. We are here to help!

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

optometry-admissions@berkeley.edu 510-642-9537

Our Sponsors

Opto-Camp is generously supported by our friends at VSP Vision Care, a vision care health insurance company operating in Australia, Canada, Ireland, the US, and the UK.