Competitive Candidate Profile

We seek the leaders of tomorrow who will help to shape our program and who will contribute to the profession after graduation. Although there is no formula to ensure admittance to the College of Optometry, it is in your best interest to demonstrate to the admissions committee whichever of the following key attributes you possess.

We desire that each Doctor of Optometry student:

  • Is academically prepared to succeed in our rigorous professional programs
  • Is well rounded with diverse experiences
  • Demonstrates a high level of self-awareness and maturity
  • Has shown interest and involvement in the community
  • Has knowledge of and/or has experienced opportunities in health care settings
  • Has a good understanding of both the profession and WesternU
  • Demonstrates excellent verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • Demonstrates a commitment to compassionate health care
SHPEP students gain hands-on experience at the College of Optometry Clinical Procedures room

The following statistics for this year’s entering class (seated Fall 2018) will give you a sense of where you might fall within the applicant pool. For additional statistics on Western University of Health Sciences, please visit the Office of Institutional Research’s Academic Outcomes webpage.

Application Counts

Number of Applications 693
Number of Interviews Conducted 235
Number of Students Enrolled 86
Number of Males Enrolled 18
Number of Females Enrolled 68
Number of California Residents 67

Applicant Scores

Average Overall GPA 3.19
Average Prerequisite GPA 3.17
Average AA OAT 308
Average TS OAT 301