About Our Camp

Open to all, Opto-Camp is a two week program that provides participants with opportunities to learn about the profession of optometry and the process of becoming an optometrist. Opto-Camp is free! 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. Please also note that this year’s Opto-Camp will be virtual due to COVID-19.

Register (It’s Free!)

Registration for Summer 2021 is open now, and will close May 14, 2021. Decisions will be shared early June 2021.

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Camp Dates

Opto-Camp is a two week camp and will be held on the following dates:

Week 1: July 12-16
Panels, workshops, and group activities.

Week 2: July 19-23
1:1 Advising Appointments and Opto-Camp project competition.

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. Demonstrations using optometric equipment
  6. 1:1 Advising Appointments

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 fee to attend Opto-Camp Summer 2021.

How To Apply

Registration is open now and close May 14, 2021.

The application consists of the following: an online application, short answer questions, a letter of recommendation, and a transcript sent to optometry-admissions@berkeley.edu from your primary institution (either an official or unofficial will be accepted if your registrar is closed due to COVID-19 shelter in place orders). See below for details on the application parts.

After clicking the apply button, select Create an Account under First Time User
Use the pin sent to your email from gradadm@berkeley.edu to sign in

- Create a password
- Select Start an Application.
- Select Opto-Camp and Summer 2021 from the drop down options.
- Complete your Application.
- You are able to complete your application in more than one sitting, but you must finish the required fields and select Submit by May 14, 2021 for it to be reviewed.

Student profile information (contact information, DOB, GPA, etc.)
Emergency contact information
Parents education level
Household income
How did you hear about Opto-Camp at UC Berkeley's School of Optometry?

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?

What about the field of Optometry do you think makes it a great fit for you?

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 gradsys@berkeley.edu.

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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 94720.

Opto-Camp Videos

Andrea Huerta

Meet Opto-Camp alum and current 2nd Year Berkeley Optometry student Andrea.

Mahsa Masoudi

Mahsa is an Opto-Camp alum, former Opto-Camp counselor, and current 3rd Year student at Berkeley Optometry.

Aubrey Vetrone

4th Year Berkeley Optometry student Aubrey is an Opto-Camp alum and former Opto-Camp counselor.

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.