Selected Achievements

UAB SCHOOL OF OPTOMETRY
SELECTED ACHIEVEMENTS
 
  • Only optometry school with winner in the February 2013 National Eye Institute Audacious Goals challenge and there were only 10 winners chosen from nearly 500 entries worldwide
  • External research funding FY2013 compared to other schools of optometry:
    • #1 in annual funding = $14.0M
    • #3 in total project funding = $25.1M
    • #4 in NEI/NIH funding = $2.9M
  • Our graduates have a 100% pass rate on Parts I and II of the national board exams given by the National Board of Examiners in Optometry
  • Our pass rate for Part III of the national board exams given by the National Board of Examiners in Optometry in 2013 was 87.8% while the national average was 77.85%
  • First school to be conceived from its inception to be part of an academic medical center
  • #2 compared to all other schools with average GPA of 3.6 for 2013 entering class. For 2014 entering class, average GPA was also 3.6 but data from other schools not yet available
  • 6.61 applicants per seat in 2014
  • Alumni achievements include:
    • 3 have served as Dean of a school of optometry
    • At least 22 have been chosen as president of a state professional association other than Alabama
    • 28 have served as President of the Alabama Optometric Association
    • 1 astronaut who flew on space shuttle Columbia in 1992
    • 1 President of the American Academy of Optometry
    • 1 President of the American Optometric Association
    • 2 Presidents of the Southern Council of Optometrists
    • 1 Army General