Optometry Residency Match (ORMatch)

for Positions Beginning in 2017

Schedule of Dates
DateActivity/Event
July-August, 2016Residency Registration Forms for participation in ORMatch are sent to program coordinators. Program coordinators must return their Registration Forms to National Matching Services Inc.
October 5, 2016By this date, a list of programs participating in ORMatch will be available.

ORMatch registration will open for applicants. Prior to registering, applicants should review the information in the Applicant Registration section of this web site.

The ORMatch application service will open for applicants and programs. Procedures for using the application service will be available on the ORMatch web site.
October 2016  -   January, 2017 Applicants must submit applications to programs through the ORMatch application service. The ORMatch application service will provide the information submitted by each applicant to the programs designated by the applicant. Applicants are required to send all additional supporting application information (e.g., CVs, transcripts, letters of reference) directly to programs. Application requirements and deadlines for programs vary; therefore, applicants should contact programs directly for more information.
December 31, 2016 Recommended date by which applicants should register for ORMatch. Applicants cannot use the ORMatch application service until they have registered for ORMatch.
January 11, 2017By this date, instructions for submitting Rank Order Lists and obtaining Match results will be available to applicants and program coordinators registered to participate in ORMatch.
January 31, 2017Closing date for the ORMatch Application Service. After this date, applicants will not be able to submit applications to programs through ORMatch.

Each program sets its own application deadline, which may be before or after this date. Applicants should contact programs directly for more information.
February 7, 2017Match participants may begin to submit Rank Order Lists for the Match on this date.
February 24, 2017Rank Order List Deadline: Final date for submission of applicant and program Rank Order Lists. No Rank Order Lists or registrations for the Match can be accepted after this date.
March 6, 2017Results of ORMatch are released to applicants and program coordinators. No action to fill positions remaining unfilled after the Match is to be taken prior to 12 noon Eastern Time on this date.
March 6, 2017  -  
April 5, 2017
Program coordinators send letters of confirmation of the ORMatch results to matched applicants within 10 working days of the release of the ORMatch results. Applicants sign and return the letters of confirmation within 30 days of the release of the ORMatch results.

↑ Back to top