Events and Recruitment

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:

Thursday, August 20, 2020
12–1 p.m.*

Register today

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.*
    *All times are Eastern Standard

ASCO Optometry Virtual Fair

Attend the ASCO Virtual Fair to learn more about the Doctor of Optometry program.

You are invited to attend this unique virtual event where you can conveniently and effectively meet IUSO and other program's admissions representatives and interact with Doctor of Optometry Programs in a live online event.

  • Register to attend the free virtual fair to learn more about Optomety Programs
  • Save your valuable time by meeting school representatives in a live chat sessions online
  • Have your questions answered without ever leaving the comfort of your own computer
  • Only a One-Time Registration required to meet multiple schools
  • Option to upload your resume prior to the event (resume upload not required to participate)

Thursday, October 1

Register today

Please call 770 980-0088 or email for additonal information

Crafting a Successful Application

Behind every successful applicant is a successful application, and its creation begins long before the application is written. Within a sea of applications, even the strongest students need to make a compelling case for admission. While the quantitative data is the cornerstone for a strong application, the numbers cannot stand alone students still need a well-rounded presentation of their best selves.

This session will provide practical information about how to control the narrative of an application. Topics covered include an effective letter of recommendation, suggestions for sourcing additional recommenders, and content to be included in a personal statement. Also discussed will be tactics for teasing out traits that signal an applicant can handle the rigors of professional school and the role of extracurricular activities. After attending this webinar you should have a better understanding on how to craft as successful application and stand out in a crowded field of well-qualified applicants.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020
7–8 p.m. Eastern

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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]

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