Why choose pre-optometry at North Central College?
Admission to optometry schools is very competitive. Only one in three applicants is accepted. Your well-rounded liberal arts education and bachelor’s degree from North Central College can make the difference to gain admission to the school of your choice.
Optometrists must be good communicators to work with patients, and at North Central you’ll gain the writing and communications skills you’ll need to be prepared for graduate school and as a doctor of eye care. You’ll have opportunities to job shadow alumni who are doctors of optometry. You’ll personally get to know professors who will write letters of recommendation for you when you apply to graduate schools, and you’ll gain a solid understanding of biology, chemistry and other areas of study.
You can also:
- Conduct research on your own, with peers or a faculty member during North Central’s Summer Undergraduate Research Colloquium and present your findings at the Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research or the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.
- Pursue research interests anywhere in the world by applying for a Richter Independent Study Fellowship grant.
- Network with alumni and peers through North Central’s student-run Pre-Health Organization.
- Work with North Central's dedicated pre-health advisor.