Admission to the 7-Year Optometry Program

This program is only open to entering freshmen (non-EOP).

  • Students using the SUNY Application or the Common Application must use curriculum code 0083 when applying.
  • A minimum overall high school average of 93 (3.6/4.0) is required.
  • A minimum SAT Critical Reading + Mathematics score of 1300 (old SAT) is required.


  • A minimum ACT score of 29 is required.
  • A minimum score of 670 (prior to March 2016/)/700 (March 2016 and after) on the SAT mathematics section is required.
  • Applicants must submit an essay which describes how they became interested in optometry and what they hope to accomplish in this professional field.
  • After acceptance to New Paltz, applicants with these minimum requirements will be asked to participate in the program entrance interview at SUNY College of Optometry in New York City.
  • Completed applications must be received (not postmarked) by the Office of Undergraduate Admission by January 15.


Notice to Persons Who Have Prior Felony Convictions

State University of New York Board of Trustees policy prohibits SUNY New Paltz admission applications from inquiring into an applicant's prior criminal history.  However, after acceptance, the College shall inquire if the student previously has been convicted of a felony if such an individual seeks:

  • On-campus housing,
  • Participation in clinical or field experiences,
  • Participation in internships/cooperative experiences,
  • Participation in study abroad programs.

The information required to be disclosed under SUNY Board of Trustees policy regarding such felony convictions shall be reviewed by a standing campus committee consistent with the legal standards articulated in New York State Corrections Law.

Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of certain academic programs and/or meet the licensure requirements for certain professions.  Specific SUNY New Paltz majors may pose challenges in obtaining field experiences, internships, or licensing for individuals with prior felony convictions.  These programs include, but are not limited to:

  • Accounting
  • Adolescence (Secondary) Education
  • Art Education
  • Early Childhood & Childhood Education
  • Communication Disorders
  • Counseling
  • Music Therapy
  • Psychology
  • Human Services
  • Pre-Health Professions

Individuals with prior criminal histories are advised to seek advice and guidance from the chairperson of the academic department regarding the impact of a criminal record on meeting the requirements of the major/professional licensure or certification prior to declaring the major.