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Graduation and attrition rates in our Optometry Doctoral program

Waterloo’s School of Optometry & Vision Science offers an accredited, professional, 4 year Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree. The School is the only provider of English-language instruction for optometry in Canada (the only French-language school is the École d'Optométrie, Université de Montréal).

Our students enjoy a leading university that attracts award-winning professors along with some of the best and brightest students from around the world. Licensed ODs make up the body of expert faculty and clinic supervisors who provide an optimum mix of theoretical study and practical training. Standards for students and for teaching are set very high, but our graduation/attrition rates suggest that our students excel in this environment, as can be seen in the following table of recent graduations:

Year of graduation 2015 2016 2017 2018
Year of entrance to program 2011 2012 2013 2014
Graduated in 4 years 87 83 88 88
Graduated in 5 years or 2 4 1 0
Graduated at any time 99%


98% 98%
Attrition for academic reasons 0 2 1 0
Attrition for other reasons 1 3 1 1
Completed all curricular requirements but did not meet other graduation requirements 0 0 0 0
Still enrolled or on a leave of absence 1 0 0 2