The aim of this study is to examine the relation between optimism levels of students and their levels of emotional intelligence according to their perception. This study is based on screening model. This study was performed with 300 students studying at Ondokuz Mayis University, Faculty of Education in 2010-2011 Academic Year. In this study "Optimism Scale" and "Emotional Intelligence Evaluation Scale" were applied. In this study, the relation between variables was determined by linear regression and simple correlation analyses in SPSS 13 Programme. According to this study, there is a positive relation between optimism levels of students and their levels of emotional intelligence and the optimism level that students perceive predicts level of emotional intelligence meaningfully. (C) 2011 Published by Elsevier Ltd. Selection and/or peer-review under responsibility of the 2nd World Conference on Psychology, Counselling and Guidance.