Chicago College of Optometry

Downers Grove, IL Campus

Application Process and Deadlines

Chicago College of Optometry

Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early in the cycle. Applications are considered on a first come first served basis only until all seats are filled.

  1. OptomCAS Application
    Applicants are required to submit online applications and application fees to OptomCAS by April 1, 2019. In addition to the online application and application fees, an applicant must forward to OptomCAS official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended by the April 1st date. OptomCAS will begin the verification process as official transcripts are received, however an application will not be considered complete until all official transcripts are received.
    Students must apply for admission via OptomCAS at or Please refer to the OptomCAS application instructions for specific details about completing the OptomCAS application, required documents, and processing times. OptomCAS applications are available starting Summer 2018 for applicants seeking admission in August of the following year. Due to the large number of applicants and the limited number of seats available, students are strongly encouraged to complete their OptomCAS application early in the cycle. CCO will consider completed applications on a first-come, first-served basis until all seats are filled.
  2. Optometry Admission Test (OAT)
    Applicants must arrange for scores from the OAT to be sent directly to Midwestern University. Only test scores received directly from the testing agency will be accepted. OAT scores must be earned no more than 5 years prior to the planned enrollment year. This examination includes questions on biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, quantitative reasoning and reading comprehension. The test can be taken at numerous centers in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. An examinee may take the examination up to four times during the year. Additional information on the OAT may be found at or in writing to:

    Optometry Admission Testing Program
    211 East Chicago Avenue, Suite 600
    Chicago, Illinois 60611-2637

  3. Letters of Recommendation
    Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation from professionals to OptomCAS ( One letter must be from a practicing optometrist. The other letter must be from a prehealth advisor, a professor, an employer, or an extracurricular activity advisor. Letters of recommendation from relatives, personal and/or family friends are not acceptable.
  4. Completed Application
    All application materials, including the OptomCAS application, OAT scores (as reported to Midwestern University), and two letters of recommendation (as submitted to OptomCAS) must be received by the Office of Admissions on or before May 1, 2019. Only completed applications received by the Office of Admissions on or before the deadline date will be reviewed for potential entrance into the program.

    Please Note: Applicants are responsible for tracking the receipt of their application materials and verifying the status of their applications on the University website. The Office of Admissions will send qualified applicants instructions for checking the status of their application materials online.

Applicants are responsible for notifying the Office of Admissions of any changes in their mailing address or e-mail address.

Midwestern University
Office of Admissions
555 31st Street Downers Grove, IL 60515
630/515-7200 or 800/458-6253