Graduation and Attrition Rates

YEAR INITIALLY MATRICULATED20132014201520162017
Class of 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Graduated in 4 years* 75% 91% 94% 94% 94%
Graduated in 5 or more years 16% 2% 0% 6% 6%
Graduated at any time 91% 93% 94% 100% 100%**
Attrition for Academic Reasons 7% 2% 4% 0% 0%
Attrition for Other Reasons 2% 5% 2% 0% 0%
Completed all curricular requirements but not met other graduation requirements 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Still enrolled or on a leave of absence 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
*includes students who completed all graduation requirements in the same calendar year as the end of their fourth year.
**expected to graduate

National Board Exam Passage Rates

The national board exams for optometry are administered by the National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO). The NBEO is an independent, non-profit organization whose mission is to protect the public by assessing the competence of practicing optometrists. NBEO examinations are widely accepted for optometric licensure in the United States.

The performance of UABSO students on all parts of this examination, with very rare exceptions, has been highly successful compared to the national average dating back more than twenty years. 

Graduating Class Year20192020 2021
Part I      
   UAB 1st Time Takers 81% 73%  70%
   National 1st Time Takers 77% 79%  80%
Part II      
   UAB 1st Time Takers 96% 94%  91%
   National 1st Time Takers 90% 90%  89%
Part III      
   UAB 1st Time Takers 77% 90%  81%
   National 1st Time Takers 84% 86%  80%
   UAB Ultimate Pass Rate 100% 97%  94%
   National Ultimate Pass Rate 93% 92%  93%