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, 2024. 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 2023 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. Admission Test Score
    CCO prefers the OAT, but will accept the MCAT, DAT, PCAT, or GRE test scores as an alternative. Applicants must arrange for scores from the admission exam to be sent directly to Midwestern University. Only test scores received directly from the testing agency will be accepted. Any of these admission exam scores must be earned no more than five years prior to the planned enrollment year. Additional information on the OAT may be found at or in writing to:

    Optometry Admission Testing Program
    211 East Chicago Avenue
    Chicago, Illinois 60611

  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, admission test 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 April 30, 2024. 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 application materials and verifying the status on the University website. The Office of Admissions will send qualified applicants instructions for checking the status of application materials online.

Applicants are responsible for notifying the Office of Admissions of any changes in 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