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
9th Cornea & Contact Lens Service Orientation (for current OPT II students) Tuesday evening
14th UHCOpen House Sunday
16th Ocular Diagnostics Service Orientation (for current OPT II students) Tuesday evening
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

February 15, 2019
UH Architecture Dean Recognized as Distinguished Professor
By None:: The dean of the University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design, Patricia Belton Oliver, FAIA, has been named one of 2019’s Distinguished Professor Award laureates by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.
February 14, 2019
Traffic Stop: Hobby School Sponsors Screenings in Houston, Austin
By Jeannie Kever:: Highlighting concerns about police interactions with the African-American community, the University of Houston Hobby School of Public Affairs will host a screening of “Traffic Stop,” a documentary about the arrest of an Austin schoolteacher, followed by a panel discussion featuring the teacher and filmmakers.
February 12, 2019
UH Joins National Effort to Create More Diverse STEM Faculty
By Jeannie Kever:: The University of Houston has been selected for a national effort to increase diversity among faculty in STEM disciplines. The Aspire Alliance will build upon efforts already underway at UH, many of them spearheaded by the Center for ADVANCING UH Faculty Success.
February 11, 2019
UH Alumna Wins Grammy for ‘Best Opera Recording’
By Sara Tubbs:: Jessica Jones, a UH Moores School of Music alumna, has been honored with one of the recording industry’s most prestigious awards.
February 11, 2019
Two UH Scientists Named to National Academy of Inventors
By Jeannie Kever:: Two researchers with the University of Houston have been named senior members of the National Academy of Inventors in recognition of their contributions to scientific and technological innovation.
February 11, 2019
From UH with Love
By Laurie Fickman:: Is wine better if the bottle has a cork? Is love real if it's on a Hallmark Card? How can you make your relationship stronger? News tips for Valentine’s Day from the love experts at University of Houston.
February 11, 2019
Stress-free Training May Enhance Surgical Skill
By Laurie Fickman:: It may be easier to learn surgical skills when a student feels less pressure and approaches surgery as a hobby, reports UH professor and director of the Computational Physiology Lab Ioannis Pavlidis, in newly published research.
February 5, 2019
New Data Suggests Nicotine While Pregnant Alters Genes
By Laurie Fickman:: A University of Houston biomedical research team is reporting that a possible cure for addiction may be found by following the pathways of significantly altered dopamine neurons in newborns who were chronically exposed to nicotine in utero.