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 64 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


Important Note about Optometry Schools and Rankings

A word of caution to prospective applicants about unauthorized attempts to rank the U.S. schools and colleges of optometry: There is no officially accepted program or algorithm for ranking U.S. optometry programs. If there were, it would be endorsed and published by the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) — the official academic leadership organization that represents all accredited schools and colleges of optometry in the 50 states and Puerto Rico.

Applicants may encounter for-profit websites that claim to "rank" U.S. optometry programs. Please be aware that neither ASCO nor The Ohio State University College of Optometry contributes data to or in any way endorses these unofficial websites. As a result, the data they report are flawed and/or incomplete, and the comparisons they make are invalid. It is our strong belief that applicants should place absolutely no value on these unofficial rankings of optometry programs.

In gathering information for use in making legitimate comparisons among U.S. optometry programs, prospective applicants are urged to visit official websites for the individual schools and colleges, and for ASCO, where they will find valid information.