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How to Apply

Like all optometry schools in the United States, applicants to ICO must apply through the Optometry Centralized Application Service (OptomCAS). OptomCAS opens for applications around July 1 of every year. If you are interested in applying to ICO for 2016 entry, your OptomCAS application will be available around July 1 of 2015. ICO’s application deadline will be Feb. 15, 2016. Admissions to ICO are rolling, but we encourage applicants to complete their applications early in the cycle as spots do fill up quickly. 

You need not have completed all admissions requirements at the time of application. As long as you have taken the Optometry Admission Test by ICO’s application deadline of your desired year of entry and successfully completed all academic requirements by August of your desired year of entry, you may continue with the application process. Again, we encourage you to apply early, even if it means sending these materials later on.

Steps to Apply

  1. Submit the OptomCAS application (including personal statement, transcript(s) and letters of evaluation).
  2. Submit ICO’s supplemental application (only those deemed competitive by the admissions committee will be invited to fill out the supplemental application).
  3. Request your OAT scores be sent to ICO.
  4. If English is a second language, request your TOEFL scores be sent to ICO. ICO’s institutional code is 1317.

All Applicants

Once all of your application materials have been received, the admissions committee will review your application and inform you of your application status within four to six weeks. Selected applicants will be invited for an on-campus interview. In most cases, you will be notified of the admissions committee’s decision within two to three weeks after your interview. The majority of communication will be sent via e-mail, so be sure to notify us if your contact information changes.


Although ICO will have your prior application materials on file, all re-applicants must submit another application through OptomCAS, including official transcript(s). If re-applicants are applying to more than one school, letters of evaluation must be submitted through OptomCAS as well.

We highly recommend re-applicants to contact our office for a counseling session the summer prior to reapplying. Counseling sessions can be conducted in person or over the phone. We will be able to review your previous application and offer you some insight on ways to strengthen your application to our program.

Transfer Applicants

Current optometry students in good standing who would like to transfer to ICO should contact the admissions office for directions on how to apply. Applicants who have previously attended an optometry school or are no longer in good standing will need to submit an application via OptomCAS.

Please note that your application to our program will be for a seat in the first-year class. Only after gaining acceptance can you apply for advance standing. The application process for transfer students is lengthy and we encourage you to contact us immediately if you are considering transferring to ICO.