Applications for September 2020 entry are now closed.  Applications for September 2021 admission will be available mid-July 2020.

Application process

The first step of a formal application to the Optometry program is to apply online using the University of Waterloo/Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) application. The address for the site is below; however, please read the following material first.

All applicants to the Doctor of Optometry (OD) program will first apply on-line.

You will apply on-line in the year before you wish to enter the Optometry program.

For entry to the program in September of a given year, the on-line application and payment must be submitted before the application deadline in the preceding year, however, apply early. Dates for the current year are posted on the important dates page.

In the academic background section, you need to enter the date of your undergraduate degree.  December 2019 is the latest date you can enter (even if you will be in school for January 2020).  So enter December 2019.

In the section for transcripts, only universities in Ontario can be ordered here.  If you attend(ed) university outside Ontario, you must order the transcript from your school. Please see our section on transcripts for more information.

The online system will collect

  • Program Choice: September 2020 entry in to Optometry
  • Personal Information: Basic identification, citizenship, OAT status etc.
  • Postal and E-mail Addresses
  • Post-secondary Academic Background
  • Transcripts: If you are attending an Ontario university:
    • You must use the on-line system to request your current university transcripts. There is an extra fee.
    • See the transcripts requirements page for more details.

Application fee

The non-refundable application fee, $215, is paid when completing the on-line application. If applicable, there is an extra fee for requesting Ontario university transcripts.

After you submit online

Once you have submitted the on-line application and the fee, within a week you will receive an email from the OUAC. This email will confirm your on-line application.

Then within two weeks you will receive an email from Waterloo regarding the second step with your Waterloo ID# and information on how to access and complete the Admission Information Form (AIF).  The AIF form is where you will indicate the names and emails of your references.