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3/4 Optometry with SUNY Optometry

Enrolling at Geneseo through our 3/4 Optometry Program with SUNY Optometry will allow you to receive your OD degree in an accelerated 7 years, rather than the typical 8 year period.

If you are accepted into this Program, you will major in Biology at Geneseo for 3 years, after which you will transfer to SUNY Optometry for 4 additional years of study. After your first year of studies at SUNY Optometry, Geneseo will award you a BS Degree in Biology – effectively giving you credit for your first year of study in Optometry toward your BS degree from Geneseo.

Students may apply as high school seniors or as a SUNY Geneseo rising Sophomore.

High School Senior Applicant
Requirements
  • SATs of at least 1360 with a Math score of at least 700 or 29 on the ACT
  • High school average of 93% or higher
  • Should be in the upper 10% of their high school class
  • Definite interest in the profession of optometry through exploration
  • Evidence of community involvement
  • Reasonable communication and interpersonal skills
  • Interview by a SUNY Optometry representative
To Apply

Simply complete either the preferred Common Application (www.commonapp.org) or the SUNY Application. The deadline for submission of all application materials to SUNY Geneseo is January 1st – therefore, we recommend you begin the application process 4-6 weeks prior to that date. It is important that you clearly indicate on your application that you wish to be considered for the 3/4 Optometry Program at Geneseo.

Admission decisions from Geneseo are rendered on March 1st. At that time, if you are admitted to Geneseo and meet the requirements set by SUNY Optometry to be further considered for the Program, detailed information will follow your offer of admission.

SUNY Geneseo Rising Sophomore Applicant
Requirements
  • Overall GPA of at least 3.3
  • Overall GPA of at least 3.3 in all math and science prerequisite courses with no individual grade below a C
  • Submit SAT or ACT scores
  • Definite interest in the profession of optometry through exploration
  • Evidence of community involvement
  • Reasonable communication and interpersonal skills
  • Interview by a SUNY Optometry representative
To Apply

Submit to SUNY Optometry's Office of Student Affairs:

  • Application
  • College transcripts (grades for freshman year must be reflected on transcript)
  • SAT/ACT scores
  • One letter of recommendation
  • One-page essay on the topic, "Why Optometry"

For more information about the program, please visit https://www.sunyopt.edu/education/admissions/od_program/joint_degree.  You may also contact Jennier Haines, PreHealth Advisor at Geneseo.  She can be reached at either 585-245-6467 or premed@geneseo.edu.

More information on applying to Geneseo (or contact the Admissions Office at 866-245-5211).