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Graduation and Attrition Rates

Year Matriculated20182019 2020
  Class of 2022 Class of 2023  Class of 2024
Graduated in 4 years 37 88% 40 89% 54 90%
Graduated in 5 or more years 1 2.0% 1 2.2%  TBD TBD 
Graduated at any time 38 90% 41 91.2%  TBD TBD 
Still enrolled or on a leave of absence 0 0.0% 1 2.2%  4 7.0%
Attrition for Academic Reasons 2 5.0% 2 4.4%  0 0.0%
Attrition for Other Reasons 2 5.0% 1 2.2% 2 3.0%

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. Data for the NBEO Parts I, II and III are reported by academic year. The ultimate passage rate is reported for the graduating cohort by year of graduation.

Academic Year2020-20212021-20222022-20232023-2024
Part I Pass Rate Pass Rate Pass Rate Pass Rate
UAB 1st Time Takers 40 70% 40 63% 58 71% 54* 78%
National 1st Time Takers   78%   73%   63%     
Part II                
UAB 1st Time Takers 49 92% 39 97%  41 83% 59 91.5%
National 1st Time Takers   90%   86%    83%    
Part III                
UAB 1st Time Takers 39 77% 40 72.5% 39 90% 49** 88%
National 1st Time Takers   85%   81%        
                 
Graduating Cohort by Year as Defined by the NBEO (October 1 - September 30)   2021   2022   2023 2024  
UAB Ultimate Pass Rate   96%   93%   85% TBD  
National Ultimate Pass Rate   93%   88%    83.6    

*March 2024 only
**July 2023-March 2024