Summer Optometry Institute

Summer Optometry Institute (SOI)

UIW Rosenberg School of Optometry (UIWRSO) welcomes all Pre-Health and Pre-Optometry students, with special consideration offered to first generation and underrepresented minorities, to apply to the Summer Optometry Institute. This unique program will be hosted at UIWRSO June 16-19, 2020. We accept 10-15 students and anticipate a competitive applicant pool.

The SOI is a program designed to familiarize Pre-Health and Pre-Optometry students with the professional surroundings of optometry school. The special focus is on preparing and strengthening the student's application portfolio for admission, as well as developing the necessary skills to be successful in optometry school. Additional emphasis is placed on fostering mentorship opportunities that can contribute to student success in the health professions.

Program Objectives

  • Focus on career exploration within the field of Optometry to include optometric modes of practice, future trends in optometry, basic clinical skills development and clinical observation.
  • Provide overview of academic experience for students enrolling in an optometry program including course preparation, attending optometry class, and participating in interactive lab activities.
  • Offer pre-admissions workshops on OptomCAS preparation, interview skills, writing skills for personal statement and individualized counseling in preparation for the admissions process.

The Summer Optometry Institute is hosted at the UIW Rosenberg School of Optometry June 16-19, 2020. A total number of 10-15 students will be selected through a competitive application process. As an institution dedicated to creating opportunities for access to both health care and education, special consideration will be given to first generation and underrepresented minority applicants.

SOI Application 2020

SOI admissions criteria include:

  • Submission of a complete SOI Application by May 1, 2020
  • Required minimum of 45 credit hours completed
  • Recommended minimum GPA of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Provide a copy of unofficial transcripts from primary undergraduate institution
  • Submit a personal statement emphasizing applicant’s interest in an Optometry career

In anticipation of a competitive applicant pool, we encourage you to apply as soon as the application opens. However, please note selections will not be made until after the final deadline.

Applications must be submitted by Friday, May 1, 2020. You may submit your completed application and supplemental documentation by mail, fax, or email.

You can submit your electronic application by email to with the subject line, “Summer Optometry Institute 2020.”

You may fax your completed application with supplemental documentation to (210) 883-1191. Please include a cover sheet addressed to UIWRSO Summer Optometry Institute 2020.

You may also mail a hardcopy of your completed application to:

University of the Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry
Summer Optometry Institute
9725 Datapoint Drive, CPO 17
San Antonio, TX 78229

There is no application or registration costs. During the program, meals and housing will be provided. The only expense each participant will be responsible for includes travel arrangements to and from San Antonio.

Participants can either arrange for their own accommodations in the San Antonio area or utilize access to accommodations through UIWRSO. We typically house our SOI students in a hotel near the UIWRSO campus. Check-in for the hotel is Monday, June 15th, 2020. We will provide transportation to UIWRSO and back to  the hotel each day of the program, June 16 - 19, 2020. 

More information on housing will be shared once final participants have been selected.

Feedback From Previous Attendees

  • This program was outstanding and surpassed all my expectations. It greatly increased all my interest in UIWRSO. I'm very grateful.
  • The program exceeded my expectations and was extremely helpful.
  • Great experience, extremely beneficial to students considering optometry as a profession. The mock interviews were a great practice and allowed for feedback on a personal level.
  • This program was very fun and informative, I really enjoyed it. Thank you so much for putting it all together.
  • Everything was amazing! I enjoyed auditing the class and shadowing the students in clinic.
  • The program exceeded my expectations. I was blown away by the knowledge, information, and exposure that was put into SOI for us. I feel like I belong here! This place feels like home.