• 3.6 GPA of incoming OD classes is among nation’s highest
  • Our UAB School of Optometry graduates have achieved a 100% pass rate on Parts I and II of the national board exams given by the National Board of Examiners in Optometry
  • 53% of UABSO’s 2015 graduating class entered a competitive residency, a rate significantly higher than the national average of 20%
  • Dual-degree programs such as the OD/MS, OD/PhD, and OD/MBA add tremendous value to our UABSO student experience
  • UABSO ranks 6th in NEI funding and 3rd in total research funding.  In 2015, UABSO received over $7.7 million in federal research funding, $850 thousand in industry funding, and $446 thousand in private research funding for a total of more than $8.9 million in research funding
  • Clinical and research faculty continue to boast expertise in ocular surface biology, retinal physiology, dry eye, and neuroscience, spanning both basic and clinical science applications
  • The UAB School of Optometry represents one of only three schools of optometry with a Vision Science Research Center that is funded by the NIH’s National Eye Institute through a core grant 
  • UABSO was the only optometry school with a winner in the February 2013 National Eye Institute Audacious Goals challenge, with only 10 winners chosen from almost 500 entries worldwide
  • The UAB Vision Science Research Center is now in its 33rd year of consecutive funding from the National Eye Institute
  • The UAB School of Optometry faculty has authored more textbooks (30) than any other school or college of optometry faculty
  • First optometry school to be conceived from its inception to be part of an academic medical center
  • In 1978, the UAB School of Optometry was the first to establish optometric residency programs within a school of optometry
  • In 2014, the UAB School of Optometry received a total of 291 applications for 45 seats, an average of 6.47 applicants per seat
  • 25,000 patients are seen annually by the UAB School of Optometry’s students and faculty in the low vision, pediatric, contact lens, and primary care clinics, and community outreach programs
  • Alumni achievements include:
    • 3 have served as Dean of a school of optometry
    • 6 are current and/or former faculty members who have been inducted into the National Optometry Hall of Fame
    • 31 have served as President of the Alabama Optometric Association and 29 have been chosen as president of a state professional association other than Alabama's
    • 1 astronaut who flew on space shuttle Columbia in 1992, becoming the first and only optometrist to become an astronaut
    • 1 President of the American Academy of Optometry
    • 1 President of the American Optometric Association
    • 2 Presidents of the Southern Council of Optometrists
    • 1 has served as a United States Army General

·         53% of UABSO’s 2015 graduating class entered a competitive residency, a rate significantly higher than the national average of 20%

·         Dual-degree programs such as the OD/MS, OD/PhD, and OD/MBA add tremendous value to our UABSO student experience

·         UABSO ranks 6th in NEI funding and 3rd in total research funding.  In 2015, UABSO received over $9.7 million in federal research funding and $850 thousand in industry funding