Welcome Future Students

Welcome from Dean Karla Zadnik

On behalf of all of us at The Ohio State University College of Optometry, welcome! We want you to use our website to cultivate your interest in optometry in general and in Ohio State Optometry in particular.

Our goal is simple--admit the 68 best first-year optometry students in the country. We want the future leaders, the next generation of professors, and the most successful practitioners. If you have the abilities, experiences, drive, and dedication that make you want to excel at the most comprehensive health sciences center in the country, then our program is for you.

Explore our website and online materials. Learn more about The Buckeye Advantage and how you can become part of the Ohio State Optometry family.

Please let us know how we can best serve you!

Karla Zadnik, OD PhD
Dean and Glenn A. Fry Professor in Optometry and Physiological Optics


New Out-of-State Tuition Model

Our college’s goal is clearly delineated by Dean Zadnik’s above statement.  We are aware however, that the tuition burden experienced by out-of-state students makes attendance at The Ohio State University a difficult financial decision for them.  Therefore, the college has been working with the university to eliminate the financial uncertainty and the numerous steps necessary to establish residency in Ohio.

The Ohio State University Board of Trustees has officially approved the Non-Resident Tuition proposal for out-of-state optometry students.  After successful completion of the first year, which will incur the standard nonresident fee, out-of-state students will pay in-state tuition plus a $5.00 nonresident fee per semester for years 2-4 of the program.  This change will eliminate the work and stress associated with the process of establishing Ohio residency and establishes a more certain financial obligation over our four-year program.  This new fee structure will go into effect in autumn semester 2020 for our second, third, and fourth year students.  Students eligible for in-state residency for their first year according to the Ohio State Residency guidelines under dependent status, may still apply.

The Ohio State University College of Optometry is a nationally recognized program, and we believe this new tuition model will help us further our national representation and the reach of the Buckeye family!  


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