Current Students

Important Dates & Holidays


16th-17th First Year Orientation Thursday and Friday
20th All clinics, externships, classes, and labs begin Monday


3rd Labor Day Holiday Monday
15th OPT III & Externship Preceptors Meeting Saturday
15th-16th OPT IV Practice Management Class Saturday and Sunday
19th-25th OPT I & OPT II Exam Week #1 Wednesday thru Tuesday
20th OPT IV Practice Management Class Professional Responsibility Lecture Thursday


6th-7th OPT III Clinical Medicine Course Saturday and Sunday
19th-21st OPT III KMK NBEO Review Course Weekend #1 Friday P.M. - Sunday
No OPT III Clinics Friday afternoon only. All Friday morning clinics operate as scheduled.
24th-30th OPT I & OPT II Exam Week #2 Wednesday thru Tuesday
27th-28th OPT IV Practice Management Class Saturday and Sunday
29th OPT IV Practice Management Class Benedict Lecture Monday


3rd OPT II Mock Competency for Pre-Clinical Practicum Saturday
6th-9th OPT III & IV Classes and Clinics Cancelled for American Academy of Optometry Tuesday thru Friday
(does not apply to all externship sites)
7th-10th American Academy of Optometry Wednesday thru Saturday
17th-18th OPT III KMK NBEO Review Course Weekend #2 Saturday and Sunday
19th OPT II Pre-Clinical Practicum – No classes, clinics, or labs Monday
(does not apply to externship students)
21st-23rd Thanksgiving Holiday Wednesday thru Friday
(externship students will have to verify exact days with their site.)
30th All externships, classes, labs, and clinics end Friday


3rd-12th Final Exams Monday thru Wednesday
4th or 6th NBEO Part II (PAM) Tuesday or Thursday
(OPT IV students select one)


4th OPT II Clinic Orientation and White Coat Ceremony Friday
7th All classes, labs, clinics, and externships begin Monday
21st Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday (UHCO and federal externships) Monday


2nd-3rd OPT IV Practice Management Class Saturday and Sunday
6th-12th OPT I Exam Week I Wednesday thru Tuesday
14th-15th No classes, labs or clinics (UEI only) Thursday-Friday
14th-17th TOA Convention Thursday thru Sunday
TBD OPT IV Practice Management Course Professional Responsibility Lecture


4th-8th No OPT 3 classes, labs or clinics; all OPT I, OPT 2 and OPT 4 classes, labs, and clinics operate as scheduled Monday thru Friday
11th-15th Spring Break Monday thru Friday
18th-22nd No OPT 3 classes or labs; OPT 3 clinics will remain open Monday thru Friday
19th-22nd NBEO Part I (ABS) Exam Tuesday thru Friday (test is a single day; students excused from clinics day before and day of their scheduled exam day)
20th-26th OPT I Exam Week II Wednesday thru Tuesday
23rd-24th OPT IV Practice Management Class Saturday and Sunday


6th Spring Awards Banquet Saturday
8th OPT IV Practice Management Course Benedict Professor Lecture Monday evening
14th UHCOpen House Sunday
19th All OPT I & OPT II classes & labs, OPT II clinics, OPT IV clinics, & externships end Friday
25th OPT III classes, labs & clinics end Thursday


22nd-3rd Final Exams Monday thru Friday
28th-2nd ARVO Sunday thru Thursday


11th Convocation Saturday

UH News

December 11, 2018
Driven and Determined: Never Too Old or Too Young to Lead
By Sara Tubbs:: 4,706 degrees will be awarded during the University of Houston fall 2018 commencement ceremonies.
December 11, 2018
UH Professor Named Fellow of National Academy of Inventors
By Laurie Fickman:: University of Houston College of Pharmacy professor Ruiwen Zhang, noted for cancer and HIV drug discovery, has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.
December 10, 2018
The Surprising Upward Link Between College Alcohol Consumption and Physical Activity
By Laurie Fickman:: Upending conventional wisdom that physical activity can be a healthy deterrent to alcohol consumption, a University of Houston psychologist is examining why those who exercise more drink most.
December 6, 2018
Man’s Best Friend: The Science Behind our Fascination with Sully
By None:: There is a special connection between humans and dogs, one that can be traced back to ancient relationships, evolution and science says Cameron Buckner, assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Houston.
December 3, 2018
UH Experts Available: The Legacy of George H.W. Bush
By None:: As you plan your coverage surrounding the passing of George H.W. Bush, the University of Houston has experts to offer insights into his legacy.
November 30, 2018
COMPASS Initiative® Funds 32 Organizations to Transform the HIV Epidemic in the South
By None:: In support of the united efforts to address HIV/AIDS-related disparities in the Southern United States, the three Coordinating Centers of the Gilead COMPASS Initiative® - Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, Southern AIDS Coalition, and University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work - announced the 32 recipients of their 2019 Transformative Grant.
November 30, 2018
UH-Humana Event on Future of Health Care Education and Delivery
By Chris Stipes:: The Humana Integrated Health System Sciences Institute at the University of Houston, founded to help transform the future of health care education and delivery, will hold its kick-off event at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, December 6. The event features a panel discussion on value in health care, addressing social determinants of health and the importance of interdisciplinary education for future health care professionals.
November 30, 2018
Renu Khator, Tilman Fertitta Inducted into UH Athletics Hall of Honor
By Chris Stipes:: University of Houston President Renu Khator joined Tilman Fertitta, chairman of the University of Houston System Board of Regents, as the newest members of the UH Athletics Hall of Honor. Both leaders were inducted during the private opening celebration of the new Fertitta Center. Khator’s induction was an unexpected surprise for not only her, but also the hundreds of alumni, donors and Hall of Honor members in attendance.