The percentage of women entering traditional four-year programs at North American schools and colleges of optometry for the fall of 2021 is 70 percent, just slightly lower than the 2021 starting class where 71 percent of incoming students identified as female**. This was also the fourth year in the past seven years where the percentage has been equal to or higher than 70 percent.
Only one college—University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Optometry—had fewer than 50 percent females in its entering class of first-year students this fall.
Two schools—University of California, Berkeley, School of Optometry, and State University of New York College of Optometry—had more than 80 percent females, 84 percent and 82 percent, respectively.
See below for a full breakdown of the women in this incoming class, which will be the class of 2026.
|LOGO||SCHOOL||Total # in 2022||# of women||% of women|
|Illinois College of Optometry||110||77||70%|
|Indiana University School of Optometry||84||61||73%|
|Inter American University of Puerto Rico School of Optometry||55||34||62%|
|MCPHS University School of Optometry||58||45||78%|
|Michigan College of Optometry, Ferris State University||38||25||66%|
|Midwestern University Arizona College of Optometry||63||45||71%|
|Midwestern University Chicago College of Optometry||68||51||75%|
|New England College of Optometry||130||99||76%|
|Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry||28||15||54%|
|Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry||105||62||59%|
|The Ohio State University College of Optometry||69||44||64%|
|Pacific University College of Optometry||98||65||66%|
|Salus University Pennsylvania College of Optometry||147||112||76%|
|Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University||103||72||70%|
|Southern College of Optometry||133||89||67%|
|State University of New York College of Optometry||100||84||84%|
|University of Alabama at Birmingham College of Optometry||48||30||63%|
|University of California, Berkeley, School of Optometry||68||56||82%|
|University of Houston College of Optometry||97||66||68%|
|University of the Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry||70||48||69%|
|University of Missouri, St. Louis, College of Optometry||43||30||70%|
|University of Montreal College of Optometry||44||31||70%|
|University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Optometry||63||30||48%|
|University of Waterloo School of Optometry||91||67||74%|
|Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Optometry||78||58||74%|
|Total #||2022 # of Women||2022 % Women|
**Women In Optometry is reporting the numbers of students who identified themselves as women. Some students chose not to specify a male/female gender, and while they are reflected in the total, they are not counted in the “women” column.
Click here for a look at last year’s breakdown and report.
Click here to view first-year female enrollment numbers in the past 15 years.