Welcome to CREOL, the College of Optics and Photonics.

Founded in 1985 as the Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers (CREOL), we have since grown from a Center to a School and now to a College that is one of the world’s premier academic institutions for the study of optics, lasers and photonics.

Our internationally recognized faculty bring our vision to life through cutting-edge research that spans fundamental science to real-world collaborations with industry.

These research programs also serve as a training ground for the many exceptional students in our high-quality graduate and undergraduate programs. Many graduates go on to highly successful careers and pursue master’s and doctorate degrees in top graduate schools. We are proud to count some of the top minds in the photonics industry among our alumni.

Our college embraces high ethical standards and a commitment to the pursuit of excellence, creativity and innovation. We adopt a climate of mutual respect that values all members of our community both inside and outside the classroom.

We are committed to developing a more inclusive environment and to increasing the diversity of our college, so that it better reflects our society. If you are interested in enrolling in our academic programs, please visit our academic program web pages for more information.

Please contact us to request a tour and visit CREOL in person. We are always pleased to show visitors our laboratories and introduce them to our students and faculty members.


David J. Hagan


CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics