How to Apply

Please read all OptomCAS instructions thoroughly and use this checklist as a guide to make the OptomCAS process as smooth as possible.

How to Prepare for the OptomCAS Process

Before you begin the OptomCAS process, there are several ways you can prepare:

OptomCAS Application

  • Read all OptomCAS instructions carefully and thoroughly
  • Create your OptomCAS application account
  • Use the OptomCAS Transcript Form to arrange for ALL of your official transcripts to be received by OptomCAS by the application deadline
  • Enter ALL your U.S. and Canadian (if Canadian transcript is in English) coursework on the application using personal copies of your transcripts (do not enter foreign courses)
  • Submit foreign transcripts to the appropriate evaluation agency
  • Contact and confirm your evaluators and complete the Letters of Evaluation section of the application. To avoid SPAM filters, please notify your evaluators that they will receive an email from
  • Designate your OAT scores to be sent to OptomCAS when taking the exam to be reviewed by those schools and colleges for which you plan to apply
  • Compose your personal essay to be sent to your designated schools and colleges of optometry
  • Submit the correct OptomCAS fees by the deadline as payment is required to process your application
  • Review your application for accuracy as you cannot edit many parts your application once it is submitted
  • Print your completed application for your personal records
  • Once coursework is verified, review your GPA breakdown available in the status bar of your application. If you have any questions on your GPA, you must contact customer support immediately.
  • As needed, submit a supplemental application and supplemental fee directly to the school or college of optometry by their deadline
  • Arrange for your fall transcripts to be sent to OptomCAS as soon as they are available