Current Students

Important Dates & Holidays



16-20 First Year Orientation Monday-Friday
23 All clinics, externships, classes and labs begin Monday
28-29 OPT IV Practice Management Class Weekend #1 Saturday and Sunday


6 Labor Day Holiday Monday
22-28 OPT I & OPT II Exam Week #1 Wednesday thru Tuesday
25-26 KMK NBEO Part One Prep Course Weekend #1 Saturday and Sunday
OCT 23-24 OPT IV Practice Management Class Weekend #2 Saturday and Sunday
NOV 2-5 OPT III & IV Classes and Clinics Cancelled for American Academy of Optometry Tuesday thru Friday (may not apply to all externship sites)
3-9 OPT I & OPT II Exam Week #2 Wednesday thru Tuesday
19-21 KMK NBEO Part One Prep Course Weekend #2 Friday evening thru Sunday
24-26 Thanksgiving Holiday Wednesday thru Friday (may not apply to all externship sites)
DEC 3 All externships, classes, labs, and clinics end Friday
6-15 Final Exams Monday thru Wednesday
7 or 9 NBEO Part II (PAM) Tuesday or Thursday (OPT IV students select one)
17 Deadline to submit all class and laboratory final grades Friday



4 MANDATORY OPT II Clinic Orientation Review Tuesday
5 All classes, labs, clinics, and externships begin Wednesday
17 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Monday
22-23 OPT IV Practice Management Class Saturday and Sunday
28 MANDATORY OPT I Inter-Professional Workshop with UH Colleges of Medicine & Pharmacy Friday


2-8 OPT I Exam Week #1 Wednesday thru Tuesday
26-27 OPT IV Practice Management Class Weekend #1 Saturday and Sunday
MAR 7-11 No OPT III classes or labs
OPT I & OPT II classes and labs operate as scheduled
All clinics operate as scheduled Monday thru Friday
14-18 UHCO Spring Break Monday thru Friday
23-29 OPT I Exam Week #2 Wednesday thru Tuesday
APR 20 Last day of OPT I & OPT II classes & labs
OPT II Spring Semester clinics end Wednesday
21 Available Make-up day for OPT I & OPT II classes & labs and OPT II Clinic Thursday
28 OPT III classes, labs, & clinics end Thursday
APR 25 - MAY 6 OPT I & OPT II Final Exams Monday thru Friday
28 OPT III classes, labs, & clinics end Thursday
29 OPT IV clinics and externships end Friday
APR 29 - MAY 6 OPT III Final Exams Friday thru Friday
MAY 1-5 ARVO Annual Meeting Sunday thru Thursday
2-5 OPT IV Make-up Clinic Monday thru Thursday (All Faculty Available)
9-11 OPT II & OPT III Make-up Clinic Monday thru Wednesday (All Faculty Available)
10 Deadline to submit all final grades Tuesday
TBD OPT IV “Out the Door” Program TBD
TBD Commencement TBD

UH News

January 25, 2022
UH College of Education Online Graduate Programs Rank Among Nation’s Best
By None:: University of Houston online degree programs in education – consistently ranked high among US programs – has been named No. 14 nationwide this year by US News & World Report. Among winning factors, the award cited high graduation rates and small classes.
January 25, 2022
International Relations Scholar: ‘World is Seeing a Rebalancing from the Post-Cold War Order’
By Sara Tubbs:: University of Houston faculty experts are available to discuss Russia/Ukraine crisis.
January 21, 2022
Houston Chef Chris Williams to Serve UH Students
By Bryan Luhn:: Celebrated Houston chef and restaurateur Chris Williams will visit the University of Houston to serve up some tasty Southern specialties for students and package meals for Houston’s communities-in-need.
January 20, 2022
UH College of Medicine Faculty Physician Addresses Omicron Surge
By Bryan Luhn:: Despite some encouraging signs in the battle against the COVID-19 Omicron surge, a faculty physician from the University of Houston College of Medicine warns it’s too early to let down our guard. Dr. Bhavna Lall, clinical assistant professor of adult medicine in the Department of Clinical Sciences, discusses the latest developments in an ever-evolving pandemic in this Q&A.
January 19, 2022
‘Your Brain on Dance’ Waltzes into Theater
By Laurie Fickman:: Houston debut: LiveWire, an innovative dance collaboration between scientists, musicians and dancers who will wear EEG skull caps (brain caps), while performing a new work. The performance explores the latest neuroscience discoveries with each of its five movements showcasing a different process of the human brain.
January 18, 2022
Winner of 2022 Bernd T. Matthias Prize Announced
By Karn Dhingra:: Mikhail Eremets of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz, Germany, has been named recipient of the 2022 Bernd T. Matthias Prize for Superconducting Materials. The Texas Center for Superconductivity at UH sponsors the award for advances in the field of superconductivity.
January 18, 2022
UH Engineers Discover Method to Create Upward Water Fountain in Deep Water
By Laurie Fickman:: Two University of Houston engineers have discovered that they can create upward fountains in water by shining laser beams on the water’s surface. The finding is credited to the ever-phenomenal Marangoni effect and has potential to impact all sorts of fluid dynamics.
January 13, 2022
Tuberculosis Vaccine Could Assist Future COVID-19 Vaccine Development
By Laurie Fickman:: A University of Houston computational biologist is reporting that the Tuberculosis vaccine, which could be associated with a reduced number and/or severity of COVID-19 cases, could assist future COVID-19 vaccine development.