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IPEDS ID: 221670
OPE ID: 00351700
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Southern College of Optometry
1245 Madison Ave, Memphis, Tennessee 38104-2211
General information:  (901) 722-3200
Website:  www.sco.edu
Type:  4-year, Private not-for-profit
Awards offered:  Doctor's degree - professional practice
Campus setting:  City: Large
Campus housing:  No
Student population:  536 (0 undergraduate)
Admissionswww.sco.edu/admissions
Apply Onlinewww.sco.edu/apply
Financial Aidwww.sco.edu/financial-aid
Net Price Calculatorwww.sco.edu/debt-calculator
Tuition Policies for Servicemembers and Veterans
Disability Serviceswww.sco.edu/disabilities-services
Athletic Graduation Rates
Mission Statement
  www.sco.edu/mission-statement
Carnegie Classification
Special Focus Four-Year: Other Health Professions Schools
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Special Learning Opportunities
None
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted
Institution does not accept dual, credit for life, or AP credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2019Full timePart time
Total faculty571
Instructional570
Research and public service01
Total graduate assistants-0
Instructional-0
Research-0
  • This institution does not offer programs at or below the baccalaureate level, therefore price information was not reported.
Alternative Tuition Plans
  • No alternative tuition plans are offered by this institution.
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019
  • This institution did not offer programs at or below the baccalaureate level in 2018-2019, therefore financial aid information was not reported.

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  • This institution did not offer programs at or below the baccalaureate level in 2018-2019, therefore net price information was not reported.
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Fall 2019
Total enrollment (all graduate)536
Attendance StatusStudent Gender
Attendance Status:
Full-time: 100%
Part-time: 0%Student Gender:
Male: 35%
Female: 65%
Student Race/ethnicity
Student Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 1%
Asian: 13%
Black or African American: 4%
Hispanic/Latino: 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 77%
Two or more races: 4%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 0%
Non-resident alien: 1%
Graduate Distance Education Status
Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 0%
Enrolled in some distance education: 0%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 100%
  • This institution does not offer programs at or below the baccalaureate level, therefore admission information was not reported.
  • This institution did not offer programs at or below the baccalaureate level, therefore graduation rate information was not reported.
  • Institutions that did not offer undergraduate programs were not required to report Outcome Measures.
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2018-2019
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramDoctor
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
Health Professions and Related Programs
Optometry132
Category total132
Grand total132
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2018-2019
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 1
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 0
  • Average amounts of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution are withheld to preserve the privacy of individuals.
  • No varsity sports data reported for this institution.
Institutional Accreditation
AccreditorStatusNext Review Date
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on CollegesAccredited since (01/01/1967)12/12/2023
Programmatic Accreditation
Accreditor / ProgramStatusNext Review Date
American Optometric Association, Accreditation Council on Optometric Education
Optometry (OPT) - Professional degree programsAccredited since (06/30/1941)4/30/2020
Internship/Residency
Accreditor / Program / DepartmentStatusNext Review Date
American Optometric Association, Accreditation Council on Optometric Education
Optometry (OPTR) - Residency programs Residency in Vision Therapy and Low Vision RehabilitationAccredited since (06/18/2011)12/31/2018
Optometry (OPTR) - Residency programs Residency in Primary Eye CareAccredited since (01/31/1995)12/31/2023
Optometry (OPTR) - Residency programs Bowersox Vision Center Residency in Pediatric Optometry and Vision TherapyAccredited since (06/30/1981)12/31/2022
Optometry (OPTR) - Residency programs Residency in Cornea and Contact Lenses and Refractive SurgeryAccredited since (06/18/2011)12/31/2026
Optometry (OPTR) - Residency programs Georgia Eye Partners Residency in Refractive and Ocular Surgery/Ocular DiseaseAccredited since (06/25/2014)12/31/2015
Optometry (OPTR) - Residency programs Residency in Pediatric and Visual Rehabilitation OptometryAccredited since (06/30/1981)12/31/2026
  • For more detailed information on accreditation for this institution, including all actions and justification for actions, visit OPE's Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs: ope.ed.gov/dapip/#/institution-profile/143996.
On-Campus
Criminal Offenses201520162017
a. Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
b. Negligent manslaughter000
c. Rape000
d. Fondling000
e. Incest000
f. Statutory Rape000
g. Robbery000
h. Aggravated assault100
i. Burglary000
j. Motor vehicle theft000
k. Arson000
VAWA Offenses201520162017
a. Domestic violence000
b. Dating violence000
c. Stalking000
Arrests201520162017
a. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.000
b. Drug abuse violations100
c. Liquor law violations000
Disciplinary Actions201520162017
a. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.000
b. Drug abuse violations000
c. Liquor law violations000
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • The crime statistics displayed only includes On-Campus data associated with the main campus as listed on College Navigator. For statistics associated with each campus location, off campus data, and for additional information covering Hate Crimes, and Fire statistics see https://ope.ed.gov/campussafety.
  • The On-Campus data do not include incidents that: (a) took place on public property, including thoroughfares, streets, sidewalks, and parking facilities, that is within the campus, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus; (b) took place on any building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) took place on any building or property owned or controlled by an institution that is used in direct support of, or in relation to, the institution's educational purposes, is frequently used by students, and is not within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the institution.
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201620152014
Default rate0.0%0.0%0.0%
Number in default000
Number in repayment132119124
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)