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Education Is an Investment in Your Future


You have chosen to apply to one of the nation's leading optometry schools—alma mater to 14 American Optometric Association Presidents with almost 100 years of graduating the best clinicians in the field. Congratulations!

The Admissions Office provides outstanding service throughout the admissions process, prompt and courteous responses to your questions, and detailed literature that provides facts—not just fluff. We truly are committed to recruiting and retaining the best optometry school applicants in the world. 

Take some time to learn about our admissions process and how you can become a stronger applicant.

Apply to Optometry School at SCO

SCO’s application process operates within OptomCAS, a centralized service that begins accepting applications on June 30. Because of our rolling admissions infrastructure, SCO encourages interested students to apply early.

There are numerous, detailed steps to follow when applying to SCO. Before receiving consideration, the following must be submitted:

  • OptomCAS Application and All Supporting Documents

  • SCO’s Supplemental Application 

  • Optometry Admission Test (OAT) Scores

For detailed information on each step of the process, please visit our How to Apply page.

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Review our Academic Information

Enrollment at Southern College of Optometry requires at least 90 semester hours -- or 135 quarter hours -- at an accredited undergraduate institution. At least 30 semester hours must have been earned at a four-year college or university.

Additionally, candidates are required to complete all prerequisite courses before enrolling. Note that you can apply before all prerequisite courses are completed; those courses simply need to be completed before enrollment.

If your prerequisite courses include classes taken online—or credits via AP/CLEP courses—we encourage you to contact the Admissions Office to further discuss your course history. We do accept specific online and AP/CLEP courses with official documentation but may recommend or require additional coursework.

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Become a Competitive Optometry School Applicant

Prospective SCO students submit applications on a rolling basis during the application cycle, so it is critical to provide a detailed, competitive application in order to be considered for admission to the program.

When our team reviews applications, we want to see how your experiences, education and knowledge stand apart from others in the highly competitive pool of candidates. In addition to providing all relevant and required documentation, the following factors may affect your candidacy:

  • Early Application
  • Optometric Experience
  • OAT Preparation
  • Professional Etiquette
  • Undergraduate Academic Performance

Note that the items listed above are not the only considerations for admission. SCO examines the entire scope of each prospective student’s application in order to best understand the strength and well-roundedness of each candidate.

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