Effective immediately, the submission of test scores from the Optometry Admission Test (OAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) will be optional at the Indiana University School of Optometry for students applying for Fall 2021 enrollment into the Doctor of Optometry program. IU School of Optometry Dean Joseph A. Bonanno, OD, PhD, FAAO, believes this puts the power in the hands of the student, so they may choose how to best tell their academic story.
Recently, many colleges and universities, including Indiana University, have made admissions tests optional. This is a national trend. At IUSO, we have found that admission test scores are becoming a weaker predictor of future academic success. Using a holistic evaluation approach, applicants will still get a rigorous review of their applications.
“We believe the shift to test-optional will provide greater access to our program, for the betterment of IUSO, the optometric profession, and patients nationally,” said Dr. Bonanno.
IUSO will make the GRE and OAT admission tests optional for Doctor of Optometry program applicants for the next three years. After that period, IUSO administration will evaluate as to whether the applicant pool has changed or there has been any effect on academic progress.
IUSO prides itself on developing personal bonds with its students and caring for the individual as they pursue their degree. “As the school recruits new students and reviews their applications, we believe we can look beyond the test score and identify academically-qualified, hard-working, passionate individuals who will strive for excellence in our program,” said Dr. Bonanno. “We’re prepared to push our holistic application review process even further to identify the next bright minds for optometry.”
Joseph A. Bonanno, OD, PhD
Dean and Professor, IU School of Optometry