For applications for September 2023 admission, the OAT must be taken from August 31, 2020 to August 31, 2022 (inclusive).  Book your test early so you'll be able to meet this deadline.

If you are planning an application for a future year, use this page as a guideline only. We cannot guarantee dates until they are posted.

The application deadlines for September 2023 admission are as follows:

Deadline Description
July 13 to early October 2022*

Applications for September 2023 admission will be available July 13, 2022.

August 31, 2020 to August 31, 2022

Deadline by which the OAT must be written. Scores do not have to be received at the School by this date; however, this is the last day to write the OAT for September 2023 admission. 


All applicants must take the CASPer (Computer-based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics) and Snapshot test and both must be completed 2022.  It can only be taken once per year.  Applicants for September 2023 admission must take the CASPer in 2022.  You must have applied to OUAC and then received your Waterloo ID#, to apply and take CASPer and Snapshot.  The specific dates for Optometry will be released late June 2022.  

CASPer Snapshot is required.  Please go to the Non-academic requirements for specific information.


1) Deadline by which the Admission Information Form (AIF) must be uploaded online.

2) Deadline by which your interim transcripts must be uploaded online and by which your official transcripts must be received by the Registrar's Office. 

NOTE: You must have met the online application deadline of early October to be able to meet this required date.

November 30, 2022

Deadline by which the two confidential assessment forms must be uploaded online. 

December 9, 2022

Deadline by which Meet & Greet selection will be completed. All applicants will receive an email. Unfortunately, if not invited for the Meet & Greet, students are no longer considered for admission.

January 14, 2023 Meet & Greet  (in-person at Waterloo)

We reserve the right to make adjustments to the in-person admissions events if such are necessary and advised by the health authorities.

January 31, 2023 Deadline by which all final fall (September to December) 2022 transcripts must be received at the Registrar's Office, Needles Hall, if you were granted a Meet & Greet.
End of March, 2022 All admission decisions will be e-mailed.
May 7, 2023 Deadline by which all winter 2023 courses must be completed.
June 25, 2023 For those admitted, deadline by which all final winter (January to April) 2023 transcripts must be received at the Registrar's Office, Needles Hall.
September 2023 Start of school year.

Note: You must have all your undergraduate prerequisite courses completed, with grades appearing on your official transcripts by the June 2023       deadline. Courses completed between the end of May and the beginning of September will not be considered by the Admissions Committee.  For September 2023 admission, you can't take courses in the spring 2023.  Applicants who have not completed all the prerequisites will not be admitted. There are no exceptions. There are no conditional offers of admission.