Admission Criteria and Interview Dates
Please note that Pacific University College of Optometry requires a short supplemental application in addition to the universal OptomCAS application.
Your application for admission to Pacific University College of Optometry will not be complete until we receive both the OptomCAS application and your Pacific University Supplemental Application.
Enrollment is limited and admission is selective. The Optometry Admissions Committee strongly encourages early application. In making admission decisions, the Optometry Admissions Committee considers many factors:
- Strength and breadth of academic record.
- Optometry Admission Test scores. The Admissions Committee strongly encourages applicants to take the OAT early. The OAT must be taken by February 1, 2014.
- Essay responses.
- Applicants are required to have a minimum of 30 hours of unpaid observation with an optometrist prior to application. We encourage the observation be completed within a diversity of optometry settings.
- Strength of letters of evaluation: one must be from an optometrist and one must be from a professor
- Content of application forms and the care with which they have been prepared.
- Extracurricular and community activities.
- Demonstrated English proficiency is required of all applicants whose first language is not English. For information on the English Proficiency Policy, please download it here. The deadline to take the TOEFL exam for candidates requiring the test to meet the English proficiency requirement is January 8, 2014.
Based on the criteria listed above, selected applicants are invited for the on-campus personal interview. The interview is required and is a contributing factor in the admissions decision. It allows the selection committee to assess essential skills and traits which may not be reflected in the application. Students admitted into the optometry program at Pacific University must satisfactorily complete a criminal background check prior to the start of classes in the first semester of the program.
Immunization Requirements for Admitted Students
Optometry students must be properly immunized in order to protect the health of themselves as well as their patients. Students will have contact with patients starting in the first year, therefore it is important to be current on all required immunizations. Some immunizations require multiple doses, and some require a titer to test for immunity; getting a head start on this process will make things easier as you start the program. Click here for more information regarding required immunizations.
2013-2014 Interview Days:
Friday, September 20, 2013
Friday, October 18, 2013
Friday, November 1, 2013
Friday, November 15, 2013
Friday, December 6, 2013
Friday, January 10, 2014
Friday, January 17, 2014
Friday, February 7, 2014
Friday, February 21, 2014
Friday, March 7, 2014
Friday, April 4, 2014
In the interview, consideration is given to knowledge of the profession, motivation toward a career in optometry, ability to think clearly and logically, poise, self-confidence, warmth and verbal expression of ideas. The interview is approximately 45 minutes with two representatives from the College of Optometry.