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Mission and Values


The mission of the Illinois College of Optometry is to develop highly qualified clinical optometrists
through excellence in optometric education.


  • High expectations for outstanding academic and clinical performance by our students
  • Superior academic programs in an environment that strives to exceed the expectations of students with varied learning styles
  • Diverse learning experiences in coordinated clinical care that demonstrate optometry’s role in an integrated health care model
  • Continued evolution of eye care through the delivery of innovative services within the IEI and its satellites
  • Scholarly activity that expands the body of knowledge
  • An environment that fosters the development of leaders in the profession and in our communities
  • Diversity among our students, faculty, staff and governing board
  • Professionalism and integrity in all that we do
  • Recruitment of the most qualified students, faculty and staff
  • A commitment to lifelong learning


  • ICO will provide a curriculum that prepares its students for progressive optometric practice.
  • ICO will provide students and residents with an integrated health care experience that prepares them for practice within any healthcare setting.
  • ICO will adopt innovative practices for recruitment and retention of highly qualified students. 
  • ICO will provide a contemporary environment that meets the future physical and technological needs of its students, faculty, staff and patients.
  • ICO will develop fiscally responsible financial strategies to successfully meet our mission as a single program institution.
  • ICO will create an environment that supports and values all members of our community.