Current Students

Important Dates & Holidays


15-16 First Year Orientation Thursday & Friday
19 All clinics, externships, classes and labs begin Monday


2 Labor Day Holiday Monday
3 Mandatory OPT III D & I/Punctal Plug Workshop Tuesday evening
12 &14 OPT III Meetings with Externship Preceptors Thursday evening & Saturday morning
18-24 OPT I & OPT II Exam Week #1 Wednesday thru Tuesday
21-22 OPT IV Practice Management Class Saturday and Sunday
28-29 KMK NBEO Part One Prep Course Saturday and Sunday


14 OPT IV Practice Management Benedict Professor Lecture Monday
19-20 OPT IV Practice Management Class Saturday and Sunday
22-25 OPT III & IV Classes and Clinics Cancelled for American Academy of Optometry Tuesday thru Friday
(does not apply to all externship sites)
23-29 OPT I & OPT II Exam Week #2 Wednesday thru Tuesday


2 OPT II Mock Competency for Pre-Clinical Practicum Saturday
22 OPT II Pre-Clinical Practicum – No classes, clinics, or labs Friday
(does not apply to externship students)
22-24 KMK NBEO Part One Prep Course Friday through Sunday
26 All externships, classes, labs, and clinics end Tuesday
27-29 Thanksgiving Holiday Wednesday thru Friday


2-11 2-11  Final Exams Monday thru Wednesday
3 OR 5 NBEO Part II (PAM) Tuesday or Thursday
(OPT IV students select one)
16 Deadline to submit all class and laboratory final grades Monday

UH News

October 17, 2019
Health Care Intervention: Treating High-Need, High-Cost Patients
By None:: Patients with complex needs — serious mental and physical health problems and substance use disorders — flock to emergency rooms costing the health care system billions every year. A new study led by Dr. Dave Buck of the College of Medicine suggests a nontraditional approach to these patients can significantly improve their daily functioning and health outcomes.
October 16, 2019
New Catalyst Would Boost Biomass Conversion to Fuels, Chemicals
By Jeannie Kever:: Efforts to use biomass, including wood and agricultural products, offer promise as a sustainable alternative to fossil fuels, but converting it to transportation fuels and chemicals is hampered by high concentrations of oxygen. An engineer at the University of Houston has proposed a catalyst using bulk cerium oxide – the most abundant of the rare earth elements in the earth’s crust – to address the problem.
October 16, 2019
UHPD and IACLEA Accreditation Assessment Team Invite Public Comment
By Shawn Lindsey:: A team of assessors from the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) will visit the University of Houston Police Department (UHPD) on October 19 as part of a voluntary process to gain IACLEA accreditation – a highly-prized recognition of campus public safety professional excellence. University members, agency employees and the public are invited to offer comments as a part of this process.
October 16, 2019
Fall Exhibitions Mark New Chapter, Vision for Blaffer Art Museum
By Sara Tubbs:: Works by Jacqueline Nova, a pioneer in electroacoustic music and Paul Mpagi Sepuya, a globally acclaimed photographic artist, will be on view at the University of Houston’s Blaffer Art Museum. Both exhibitions will debut with a reception from 5-8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19 and are free and open to the public.
October 14, 2019
Researchers Build a Soft Robot with Neurologic Capabilities
By Jeannie Kever:: In work that combines a deep understanding of the biology of soft-bodied animals such as earthworms with advances in materials and electronic technologies, researchers have developed a robotic device containing a stretchable transistor that allows neurological function.
October 14, 2019
Hope is a Key Factor in Recovering from Anxiety Disorders
By Laurie Fickman:: A University of Houston psychologist is reporting that hope increases in therapy and is a trait that predicts resilience and recovery from anxiety disorders, an important mechanism for therapists to restore in patients to move them forward toward recovery.
October 10, 2019
Space Explorers to Visit University of Houston
By Sara Tubbs:: Six accomplished space explorers will visit students at the University of Houston on Wednesday, Oct. 16 to educate and inspire the next generation of astronauts, scientists and engineers.
October 10, 2019
What Happens as Solid-State Batteries Begin to Fail?
By Jeannie Kever:: Solid-state lithium batteries have generated interest because they don’t carry the same risk of fire and explosion as conventional batteries with liquid electrolytes, but full-scale commercialization has been slowed, in part, because scientists don’t fully understand what causes the batteries to fail. A $1 million project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy will allow researchers develop a new platform to study the chemical, structural and mechanical interactions at the interface between a battery’s solid electrolyte and the cathode and anode.