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Focus on Your Future



Focus on Your Future is a week-long program in July aimed at introducing ICO and the profession of optometry to underrepresented minority undergraduates. Participants will be meet ICO staff, faculty, students and alumni, and get to know the wonderful city of Chicago. The program includes:

  • Sample lectures of optometry courses
  • Overview of the admissions process
  • Career and leadership development
  • Clinical exposure
  • Student and OD panels

The program takes place in mid-July. The 2015 session is scheduled for July 13-17. Refer to a previous year’s agenda for a better idea of the schedule. 

Participants are housed at no charge in ICO’s Residential Complex, located across the street from the college. At the end of the program, participants will receive a certificate of completion.


Open to underrepresented minorities who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate program either in their first, second or third year. We will also accept applications for students who are enrolled in a community college, post-baccalaureate or graduate program. There is no cost to participate in this program. Participants are only responsible for their travel expenses and/or transportation to and from ICO.

Application Period

For the 2015 session, we are accepting applications Dec. 15, 2014-March 27, 2015. Applicants will be notified of acceptance in early May.

Students interested in the program must submit the following:

All materials that are not submitted online may be mailed to:

Teisha Johnson, MS
Office of Admissions
Illinois College of Optometry
3241 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60616

For questions about the Focus on Your Future, please contact Senior Director of Admissions/Marketing Teisha Johnson at 312-949-7400 or