Be visionary

Our students choose IU for the full spectrum of eye care and vision science.

Here, the research opportunities are as diverse as the patients we serve. From cataracts to diabetes, infants to senior citizens—we see it all, and it prepares us for the most rigorous careers in optometry.

We encourage you to visit before you apply. You’ll know it when you see it: a picturesque campus, a vibrant academic community, and the kind of city you’ll want to call home.

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The ideal optometry student

The ideal optometry student is passionate about changing lives—and saving them. They have given their time and energy to important causes, to support the underprivileged and the underserved through community service and outreach.

We look for students who are not only proficient in the sciences, but who have strong interpersonal and communication skills. We also look for students who have spent time exploring the field of optometry, preferably through job shadowing, and who have a realistic idea of what’s ahead.

Of course, we look at test scores and GPA. The higher the better. But without communication skills and a passion for the profession, these are just numbers on paper.

Our students see dozens of patients each semester, and we expect the highest level of patient care.

They are also involved in some of the most cutting-edge research happening in the field—the kind of research that requires not only intellect, but a vision.

Optometry recruitment events

Learn about upcoming optometry open houses, meetings either in-person or online group webinars. You can schedule a one-on-one virtual advising appointment or discover that the IU School of Optometry has summer camps for high school and college students.

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Current class profile (Class of 2025)

86students, from an applicant pool of 763

3.65undergraduate mean GPA

98.8%earned a bachelor’s degree prior to entering the school

25Indiana residents

61nonresidents, representing 23 states and two from Canada

29%of the entering class are a minority and 12.7% are underrepresented minorities.

60female students

26male students

22median age (ranging from 21 to 38)

Get the most for your money.

Tuition is more than a price tag—it’s an investment. Your tuition covers the cost of one of the nation’s best schools of optometry, more opportunities than you’ll find anywhere, and the reputation of an IU degree. There are plenty of ways to help pay for it, through scholarships, fellowships, grants, and student loans.

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How our students performed on the National Board of Examiners in Optometry exam (Class of 2020)

71.6% of students passed Part 1 on the first try

91.4% of students passed Part 2 on the first try

90.8% of students passed Part 3 on the first try

91.0% of students passed all three exams by graduation

Four optometry students study together.
Male and female cheerleaders run IU flags on the court at Assembly Hall.
A diverse group of students dip their feet in Showalter Fountain.

Choose a school that feels like home

You are sure to find your people here, with more than 750 student organizations available to you, on a campus that always feels alive with things to do.

If you’re new to town, you’re in for a treat. Bloomington is often named one of the nation’s best college towns, with dozens of restaurants, miles of outdoor trails, and entertainment any night of the week. It’s the perfect place for serious graduate students who want to build a future and have fun doing it.

See yourself here

Bring your vision into focus.