KYCO Student Performance

The Kentucky College of Optometry graduated its first class in 2020. As we gather this data we will publish it for review on this page.


First Time Board Pass Rates

 NBEO Part 1NBEO Part 2NBEO Part 3Ultimate Pass Rate
Class of 202053.3%72.1%70.27%91.89%
Class of 202164.81%79.63%57.41%81.48%
Class of 2022

Applicants and New First-Year Matriculates

Class of202020212022202320242025
KYCO
Applications
Accepted
New First-Year Matriculates
-
412
222
65
-
504
180
60
-
461
212
63
-
460
177
62
-
456
122
59
-
551
218
60
National
OptomCAS Applications
New First-Year Matriculates
-
2,812
1,913
-
2,687
1,843
-
2,527
1,846
-
2,472
1,862
-
2,563
1,888
-
2,684
1,860

Source: ASCO Annual Student Data Reports.

Note:         
(1) National applications figures represent unduplicated applications that may be sent to multiple optometry schools and come from OptomCAS Data Reports.


Applicants and Matriculates by Ethnic Groups and Gender

Class of202020212022202320242025
Applications
White, non-Hispanic
Asian
Hispanic/Latino
Black, non-Hispanic
Other and Unknown
Multi-ethnic
Percent Minority
Women
Percent
-
218
106
31
27
30
--
44.7%
138
33.5%
-
270
117
39
25
56
--
43.0%
323
64.1%
-
248
112
32
25
44
--
42.9%
317
68.7%
-
265
118
29
22
26
--
40.4%
317
68.9%
-
270
121
27
30
8
--
39.7%
300
65.4%
-
321
129
43
35
23
--
39.9%
354
64.2%
New First-Year Matriculates
White, non-Hispanic
Asian
Hispanic/Latino
Black, non-Hispanic
Other and Unknown
Percent Minority
Women
Percent
-
56
2
4
2
1
13.8%
38
58.5%
-
45
6
3
4
2
25.0%
34
56.7%
-
48
7
3
1
4
18.6%
41
65.1%
-
50
4
3
4
1
18.0%
47
75.8%
-
48
5
2
2
2
17.0%
35
59.3%
-
50
2
3
2
3
15.0%
41
68.3%

Source: ASCO Annual Student Data Reports

Notes: (1) Applicant data comes from the OptomCAS data Files, (20) Percent minority removes unknown applicants/matriculates from denominator


Grade Point Averages and OAT Scores of New First-Year Matriculates

Class of202020212022202320242025
Grade Point Averages
Science mean gpa
Non-Science mean gpa
Mean cum GPA
-
3.05
3.47
3.26
-
3.10
3.54
3.31
-
3.00
3.51
3.23
-
3.09
--
3.31
-
3.12
--
3.33
-
3.28
--
3.44
OAT Scores
Academic Average mean
Total Science mean
Natural Sciences:
Biology
General Chemistry
Organic Chemistry
Reading Comprehension
Physics
Quantitative Reasoning
-
300
285
-
297
299
284
336
272
301
-
305
290
-
307
308
290
340
274
309
-
301
287
-
297
303
288
325
275
312
-
296
279
-
294
292
276
327
266
310
-
298
280
-
296
290
282
324
271
312
-
301
285
-
298
300
287
335
271
308

Sources: ASCO Annual Student Data Reports and OptomCAS data files.

Note:          (1) In the OAT, scores range from 200 to 400 with a mean of 300.


Entering Class Origin

Class of202020212022202320242025
N656063625960
Highest Degree:
Bachelor’s
Master’s
-
91%
5%
-
90%
5%
-
97%
2%
-
92%
3%
-
94%
5%
-
87%
3%
Most Prevalent Schools: (N)
University of Pikeville
University of Kentucky
Morehead State University
East Tennessee State University
Eastern Kentucky University
Western Kentucky University
University of VA’s College at Wise
Marshall University
North Carolina State University
University of Louisville
-
4
2
0
0
2
2
1
1
2
0
-
3
3
1
1
1
2
2
0
1
0
-
1
5
3
2
1
0
1
3
2
1
-
3
2
1
2
2
2
0
1
-
3
-
4
0
4
3
2
0
1
0
0
0
-
1
3
1
0
0
2
0
1
0
0

Sources: ASCO Annual Student Data Reports and OptomCAS data files.

Currently, KYCO has matriculated students from 38 U.S. States with the highest number coming from the Commonwealth of Kentucky. 


Additional Characteristics of New First-Year Matriculates

Class of202020212022202320242025
New First-Year Matriculates656063625960
Share from Central/South Central Appalachian Region.
Share from Rural America
(non-Cent’l/So Cent’l Appalachia).
Total Share Meeting KYCO Mission:
31%
-
25
56%
33%
-
28
61%
24%
-
41
65%
21%
-
40
61%
32%
-
32
64%
20%
-
65
85%
First Generation College Student
First person in family to go to professional school
KYCO was first choice of optometry schools
13%
49%
75%
22%
53%
68%
26%
65%
81%
21%
--
--
25%
57%
73%
32%
65%
80%

Sources: OptomCAS data files and KYCO Survey of First Year Students.

Notes:       
(1) The Central Appalachian Region includes the states of Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia; the South Central Appalachian Region includes the states of North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.


Attrition Rate

 2016
2017
2017
2018
2018
2019
2019
2020
2020
2021
First-Year Students (N)
Dismissed/Withdrew academic failure
Dismissed/Withdrew disciplinary reasons
Withdrew Personal Reasons
Transferred to another optometry school
First-Year Attrition Rate
65
0
-
0
0
1.5%
60
3
0
0
0
5.0%
63
1
1
0
0
1.6%
65
2
0
2
0
6.2%
63
2
0
1
0
4.8%
Second-Year Students (N)
Dismissed/Withdrew academic failure
Dismissed/Withdrew disciplinary reasons
Withdrew Personal Reasons
Transferred to another optometry school
Second-Year Attrition Rate
-64
0
0
1
0
1.6%
58
1
1
2
0
5.2%
62
0
1
1
0
3.2%
59
1
0
1
0
3.4%
Third-Year Students (N)
Dismissed/Withdrew academic failure
Dismissed/Withdrew disciplinary reasons
Withdrew Personal Reasons
Third-Year Attrition Rate
---
-
0
-
-
62
0
1
1
1.6%
51
0
0
1
2.0%
58
0
0
0
0.0%
Fourth-Year Students (N)
Dismissed/Withdrew academic failure
Failure to pass NBOE (per policy)
Fourth-Year Attrition Rate
---61
0
14
23.0%
51
0
7
13.7%
ANNUAL ATTRITION RATE1.5%3.2%2.7%8.8%5.2%

Source: ASCO Annual Student Data Report.

Note:    
(1) ASCO does not count students with approved leaves of absence as part of the attrition calculation.


Graduation Profile

 2015-20162016-20172017-20182018-20192019-20202020-2021
First Professional Degree
Optometry [51.1701]
Women
Ethnic Minority
NANANANA-
36
64%
14%
-
55
51%
13%
Location after Graduation
Located in Appalachia
Located in Rural Area
Located in a Health Shortage Area - Vision Difficulty – county
-
32%
44%

15%
-
45%
52%

15%

Sources: KY Council on Postsecondary Education Degrees and Other Formal Awards Conferred and Graduate Office of Student Affairs


Career Placement

Plans after Graduation

 201620172018201920202021
N | %N | %N | %N | %N | %N | %
Accepted into Residency Program
Primary Eye Care/Ocular Disease
Primary Eye Care/Low Vision Rehabilitation
Ocular Disease/Refractive & Ocular Surgery-Stipend
Ocular Disease/Co-Management
Pediatric Optometry
N | 19%
4 |
1 |
1 |
1 |
1 |
N | 9%
4 |
0 |
0|
1 |
0|
Accepted a Position22 | 61%26 | 47%
In Negotiation for a Position5 | 14%7 | 13%
Not Yet Secured a Position2 | 6%15 | 27%
Other/Unknown0 | 0%2 | 4%
TotalNANANANA36 | 100%55| 100%

Source: KYCO Office of Assessment