Prospective Students

Like any endeavor worth pursuing in life, it takes careful preparation to become an optometrist.

Prospective optometry students are encouraged to explore the admissions process by reviewing each of the steps outlined on this site, including the admissions overview, how to become a competitive applicant, deadlines for submitting an application, the Optometry Admissions Test (OAT) and other pertinent information you will need.

Prospective students are also encouraged to learn all they can about optometry in advance of applying to attend Southern College of Optometry. Talking or visiting with your local optometrist is a good idea; some optometrists may allow you to job shadow them to learn more about optometry. Your level of exposure and interest in optometry will be important in the admissions process. Above all, the Student Services staff at SCO can assist you with questions you have as you prepare to start your first step on the road to becoming an optometrist.