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List of Top Optometry Schools in the U.S.

The United States has 18 Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) programs that are fully accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education of the American Optometric Association. Many optometry schools also offer vision science programs that lead to a Master of Science (M.S.) or a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.).

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Top Accredited Doctor of Optometry Programs

1. University of California - Berkeley

The University of California - Berkeley, commonly referred to as Berkeley, was ranked first in 2011 among the top public colleges in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Faculty honors at Berkeley include four Pulitzer Prize winners, 32 MacArthur Fellows and 21 Nobel laureates, eight of which are current faculty members.

Students of the 4-year O.D. program spend 440 hours in laboratory training before participating in field clinics during the last two years. The University Eye Center offers on-campus training clinics in geriatrics, binocular vision and primary care, among others. Training in off-campus and community outreach clinics is also available. The school's graduate program leading to an M.S. or a Ph.D. in Vision Science offers instruction in molecular genetics, neurobiology and infectious diseases.

Contact Information

  • Address: 107 S. Indiana Ave., Bloomington, IN 47405-7000
  • Phone Number: (510) 642-6000

2. University of Alabama at Birmingham

Students from throughout the U.S. and 109 countries are enrolled in over 130 degree programs at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). U.S. News & World Report ranked UAB 151st in its 2011 list of top universities in the nation. The School of Optometry offers an O.D. program that combines a foundation in vision science with professional training in clinical optometry. Students can take advantage of the many resources available from the UAB Academic Health Sciences Center during their four years of full time study. The school also offers a graduate vision science program that aims to produce graduates who will contribute to innovation in vision science research and teaching.

Contact Information

  • Address: 1530 Third Ave. S., Birmingham, AL 35294
  • Phone Number: (205) 934-4011

List of U.S. Colleges with Optometry Schools

School Name Total Student Enrollment Address Phone Number
Ohio State University 55,014 190 N. Oval Mall, Columbus, OH 43210 (614) 292-6446
Indiana University - Bloomington 42,347 107 S. Indiana Ave., Bloomington, IN 47405-7000 (812) 855-4848
University of Houston 37,000 4800 Calhoun Rd., Houston, TX 77004 (713) 743-1000
University of California - Berkeley 35,830 Berkeley, CA 94720 (510) 642-6000
Nova Southeastern University 29,153 3301 College Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314 (954) 262-7300
University of Alabama at Birmingham 16,874 1530 Third Ave. S., Birmingham, AL 35294 (205) 934-4011
University of Missouri - St Louis 16,534 One University Blvd., Saint Louis, MO 63121 (314) 516-5000
Ferris State University 13,865 1201 South State St., Big Rapids, MI 49307 (231) 591-2000
Northeastern State University 9,239 600 N. Grand Ave., Tahlequah, OK 74464 (918) 456-5511
University of the Incarnate Word 6,756 4301 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 829-6000
Pacific University 3,198 2043 College Way, Forest Grove, OR 97116 (877) 722-8648
Salus University 1,166 8360 Old York Rd., Elkins Park, PA 19027 (215) 780-1400
Illinois College of Optometry 628 3241 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60616 (312) 949-7400
Southern College of Optometry 484 1245 Madison Ave., Memphis, TN 38104 (901) 722-3200
New England College of Optometry 467 424 Beacon St., Boston, MA 02115 (617) 266-2030
Southern California College of Optometry 394 2575 Yorba Linda Blvd., Fullerton, CA 92831 (714) 870-7226
SUNY College of Optometry 301 33 W. 42nd St., New York, NY 10036 (212) 938-4000
Inter American University of Puerto Rico - School of Optometry 213 500 John Will Harris Ave., Bayamon, PR 00957 (787) 765-1915
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