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ICO on the Road

ICO representatives visit dozens of sites across the U.S. and Canada. We’d love to meet you! Refer to the list below to see when we’ll be in your area.

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ASCO Virtual FairHealth Professions WeekFriday, September 30, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
ASCO Virtual FairWednesday, November 2, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.


University of California – IrvinePre-Optometry ClubThursday, October 27, 5 p.m.
California State University – FullertonPre-Optometry ClubFriday, October 28, 11 a.m.
University of California – Los AngelesPre-Optometry Club – Mathematical Sciences Building, Room 5147Tuesday, November 1, 6 p.m.
University of California – Santa BarbaraPre-Optometry ClubThursday, November 3, 6 p.m.
University of California – San DiegoPre-Optometry ClubThursday, November 3, 7 p.m.


Morton CollegeCollege Fair – Henry J. Vais GymnasiumWednesday, October 5, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
University of Illinois at ChicagoChicago Graduate & Professional School Fair – UIC ForumThursday, October 6, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Elmhurst CollegeHealth Professions Fair – Frick CenterTuesday, October 18, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignOptometry Dean’s Night – Illini UnionTuesday, October 18, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignGraduate & Professional School Fair – Illini UnionWednesday, October 19, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Loyola UniversityCareers in Science Fair – Damen Student CenterWednesday, October 19, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Saint Xavier UniversityGraduate & Professional School Fair – Butler Reception RoomWednesday, October 26, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.


Kansas State UniversityPre-Optometry Club – Student Union, Room 208Monday, October 17, 7:30 p.m.
University of KansasPre-Optometry Club – Kansas Union, Room Alcove ETuesday, October 18, 7:30 p.m.


University of Missouri – Kansas CityPre-Optometry ClubWednesday, October 19


Mississippi State UniversityPre-Optometry ClubWednesday, September 14, 7 p.m.
Jackson State UniversityGraduate & Professional Schools Day – Student Center BallroomThursday, September 15, 10 a.m – 2 p.m.


University of Wisconsin – MadisonPre-Optometry ClubMonday, October 10
Marquette UniversityHealth Professions Programs Fair – Cramer HallTuesday, October 11, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
University of Wisconsin – MilwaukeePre-Optometry ClubWednesday, October 12, 5:30 p.m.


NAMME Student Development DayRenaissance Arlington View Capital Hotel – Salon 4Saturday, September 17, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Focus on Your Future

This week-long summer program introduces ICO and the profession of optometry to underrepresented minority undergraduates. Participants meet ICO staff, faculty, students and alumni, see our facilities, and get to know Chicago. For more information on FoYF, click below.

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Focus on Your Future includes sample lectures from real ICO courses, an overview of the admissions process, career and leadership development, clinical exposure, and student and OD panels. At the end of the program, participants receive a certificate of completion. To get a better idea of the week’s activities, take a peek at a previous year’s agenda.


FoYF is open to underrepresented minorities who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate program either in their first, second, or third year. We 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. Participants are housed at no charge in ICO’s Residential Complex.


For the 2016 session, we are accepting applications Dec. 14, 2015 – April 1, 2016. Applicants will be notified of acceptance in early May.

The program takes place July 11-15, 2016.

Students interested in the program must submit the following:

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