Events and Recruitment

Events and recruitment

IU School of Optometry is pleased to host a wide variety of informational events and other sessions designed to provide prospective students and their families with more information about IUSO, optometry and the process of becoming a successful applicant.

From online one-on-one virtual adivsing appointments, group webinars to visits to more than 75 campus locations and online presentations each year to special high school and undergraduate events and pre-optometry club meetings, IUSO works hard to provide you with information you need in order to determine if optometry and IUSO can become part of your family.

Learn about all the exciting academic opportunities you could experience when you become a student at IU School of Optometry and how living in Bloomington is like a dream.

Upcoming events

Please either scroll down the page or jump to a particular event of interest for additional information.

Discover IU School of Optometry from the comfort of your own home.

Due to the COVID-19 situation, we have temporarily transitioned all recruitment travel to online presentations. We’d love to get to know you and help you learn more about Indiana University School of Optometry, so please tune in to one of the following Zoom recruitment presentations:

If you’d like to register for one of the IUSO student recruitment presentations, or cannot attend but would love to learn more about our optometry programs, please register with Nikolas Jones, Associate Director of Recruitment.


Upcoming IUSO student recruitment presentations:

TBA

Previous student recruitment presentations:

  • Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 7 p.m.*
  • Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 12 p.m.*
  • Monday, April 27, 2020 at 10:30 a.m.*
  • Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 7 p.m.*
  • Monday, June 15, 2020 at 12 p.m.*
  • Thursday, August 20, 2020 at 12 p.m.*
    *All times are Eastern Standard

Choosing your optometry school

Cindy Vance, Director of Student Administration, will draw on her 30 years of experience at IU and share what is critical for students to look for when applying and interviewing at Optometry Schools.

Choosing the school were you will pursue your Doctor of Optometry will be a defining moment in your life. You’ve worked hard in your pre-requisite courses, taken a standardized test, and interviewed with schools, but how do you choose what optometry school is best for you? This webinar will guide you through the process of evaluating optometry schools and teasing out the traits that are important to look for as you move through the process. It will guide you in devising a plan you can follow as you begin the journey of interviewing and choosing your optometry school. Join us to discuss variables that will impact your experience as an optometry student and should be factored into your decision.

Monday, November 9, 2020
7–8 p.m. Eastern

Register today

See for yourself how IUSO feels like family

Two optometry students, an IUSO clinical faculty member and an alum sit down to describe what makes the IU School of Optometry feel like family, YouTube video.

Description of the video:

[Music]

[Words appear], Dr. Don Lyon, Clinical Professor

[Dr. Lyon] People ask me why I’m here, why I’m at the school? And honestly I’m at school because of the students

[Video: Dr. Lyon speaks in an interview style, sitting in a conference room in front of a wall of windows inside the Atwater Eye Care Center. In the distance you can see the main School of Optometry building]

[IU School of Optometry student Claudia Hernandez speaks in voice over] I have committed myself to stay in Texas…

[Video: A group of optometry students are sitting around a conference room table talking to each other with laptops out]

[Hernandez continues to speak in voice over] until I came to IU and came to admissions day.

[Video: Images of, Admission Day Welcome Posters]

[IU School of Optometry student Adam Kluck speaks in voice over] The students at the admissions day that I got…

[Video: A pair of female applicants are standing in front of a check-in table for an Admissions Day]

[Kluck continues speaking in voice over] in talking to I’m actually roommates with the guy I was sitting next to at admission day. So I just had a really good feel.

[Voice over cuts to Hernandez who also is speaking in voice over] and it really made me feel like I was going to be part of a family…

[Video: shows Cindy Vance, Director of Student Administration is shaking hands with applicants and Dr. Kim Kohne, Assistant Dean of Students is also present. The video cuts to a group of business professional dressed applicants sitting in tiered style chairs]

[Hernandez continues speaking in voice over] so I decided to come to IU

[Video: and aerial shot of the main School of Optometry building with a wooded landscape is shown]

[Words appear:] Dr. Brandy Deckard, Alumni:]

[Dr. Deckard] The dynamic at Indiana University School of Optometry is such that it’s a family. Everyone is always working together. You are always working with classmates.

[Video: Dr. Deckard is shown sitting at the same location as Dr. Lyon was, in front of a wall of windows in the Atwater Eye Care Center]

[Dr. Deckard speaks in voice over] You never feel like you’re by yourself.

[Video: cuts to a full class of optometry students sitting in auditorium style room]

[Hernandez speaks in voice over] A lot of people don’t have easy access to go home.

[Video: cuts to two female students sitting and talking together on bench in front of a large glass window]

[Hernandez continues speaking in voice over] And so, a lot of our professors welcome us into their home. And usually provide us with a meal, and stories,

[Video: Dr. Lyon is shown lecturing to the previous classroom of students]

[Words appear:] Claudia Hernandez, Third Year Student

[Hernandez speaking] and it just kinda reminds you that they were in our shoes at one point too and they really understand.

[Video: Hernandez in shown speaking in the same location as previous speakers]

[Dr. Deckard speaking in voice over] The thing that I probably miss most, is the faculty that you grow relationships with and getting to be with these people and can kinda pick each other’s brain throughout the day. It’s nice to have a group of people that you can do that with.

[Dr. Lyon now speaks in voice over] I and my other colleagues are providing them the tools they need…

[Video: A scene of an optometry student entering an School of Optometry faculty’s office and they appear to be discussing patient care]

[Dr. Lyon continues speaking in voice over]...to go out, across the country…

[Video: the viewer is now shown being in the very back of the full classroom, and all eyes are on Dr. Lyon teaching the class]

[Dr. Lyon continues speaking in voice over] …across the world. They examine patients, from all the way from infancy…

[Video: Scene changes to Dr. Lyon performing eye exams on patients in Rwanda]

[Dr. Lyon continues speaking in voice over]…to our senior citizens.

[Video: cuts to an older bearded gentleman who is also having an eye exam performed on him]

[Hernandez] I went to El Salvador in March with an IU alum and some classmates…

[Video: Hernandez is once again in the conference room in a classic interview style]

[Hernandez now speaking in voice over]…and we did over 1,100 eye exams…

[Video: A drone style shot is shown going across a large pond with a mountain and trees in the horizon]

[Hernandez continues speaking in voice over] and that really just goes to show that optometry can do more than provide for yourself. You can reach out to many other people and help them as well

[Video: an aerial shot showing a small community in El Salvador and then cuts to a young women assisting an elderly women, followed by a young man looking at a man’s eyes with an ophthalmic instrument.]

[Dr. Lyon speaking in voice over] We want every student that who comes into this school to do what they want to do.

[Video: A pair of eye glasses are sitting on an eye chart and then cuts to Dr. Lyon in the conference room]

[Dr. Lyon] Whether that be, open up a practice cold, join a group practice, do research or be an academic.

[Video: Dr. Lyon is shown speaking in the conference room setting]

[Dr. Deckard speaking in voice over] Everyone here wants you to succeed. They want you to do well, they want everyone to be a good reflection on what Indiana University is.

[Kluck now speaks in voice over] What sets IUSO apart, you have a great family atmosphere.

[Video: An adult male is shown having an eye exam performed on him and a few different tests are shown]

[Kluck continues speaking in voice over] You’re in a city with lots of things to do.

[Video: a crane shot is used to show the buildings of downtown Bloomington and then the trees off in the distance]

[Kluck] It’s affordable to do those things and to live here.

[Words appear] Adam Kluck, Third Year Student

[Video: Adam Kluck now sitting the conference room setting]

[Dr. Deckard speaks in voice over] Bloomington is a great city.

[Video: An aerial shot is shown of the Indiana University Bloomington campus and then cuts to a small crimson colored large free-standing clock]

[Dr. Deckard continues speaking in voice over] You going to see all four seasons. Great community to work with. Safe community

[Video: A beautiful sunset over the waters of Lake Monroe is shown followed by people sitting on a stone embankment fishing]

[Hernandez speaking in voice over] When I think of the IU school of optometry…

[Video: the camera is moving down a tree lined street as the IU Auditorium is getting closer and closer and student activity is buzzing]

[Hernandez]…the words that come in my mind are;—historic

[Video: Hernandez is speaking the conference room setting]

[Dr. Deckard] —Professional

[Video: Dr. Deckard is speaking the conference room setting]

[Dr. Lyon] —Exemplary

[Video: Dr. Lyon is speaking the conference room setting]

[Kluck] —Fun

[Video: Kluck is speaking the conference room setting]

[Dr. Lyon] —Caring

[Video: Dr. Lyon is speaking the conference room setting]

[Hernandez] —Welcoming

[Video: Hernandez is speaking the conference room setting]

[Kluck]—Challenging

[Video: Kluck is speaking the conference room setting]

[Dr. Lyon] —Family

[Video: Dr. Lyon is speaking the conference room setting]

[Dr. Deckard]—Family

[Video: Dr. Deckard is speaking the conference room setting]

[Hernandez]—Family

[Video: Hernandez is speaking the conference room setting]

[Kluck] —Family

[Video: Kluck is speaking the conference room setting]

[Logo and words appear]:

School of Optometry logo

Optometry.iu.edu

[Music Ends]

[End of Transcript]

Contact the Office of Student Administration

For Doctor of Optometry program admission questions or to schedule an advising appointment, please contact:

Office of Student Administration
Indiana University School of Optometry
800 E. Atwater Avenue
Second Floor
Bloomington, IN 47405

Please note: The Office of Student Administration will be closed for the Thanksgiving break beginning on Monday, November 23 and will reopen on Monday, November 30. Have a great and safe Thanksgiving!

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