During the 2014-2015 application cycle, 2,729 people applied to attend the 21 U.S. schools and colleges of optometry, an increase of 4.8% compared with the same period last year. A total of 13,255 applications were submitted through the Optometry Centralized Application Service (OptomCAS), and applicants applied to an average of 4.86 programs each. A full report on the 2014-2015 application cycle will be available at the end of the year.
The current (2015-2016) application cycle, the seventh for OptomCAS, launched on July 1. The service enables applicants to schools and colleges of optometry to use a single web-based application and one set of materials to apply to multiple institutions. All 21 ASCO member schools and colleges participate in OptomCAS.