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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 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 Club – Titan Student Union Stearns Meeting RoomFriday, October 28, 11 a.m.
California State Polytechnic University, PomonaPre-Optometry ClubTuesday, November 1, 12 p.m.
University of California – Los AngelesPre-Optometry Club – Mathematical Sciences Building, Room 5147Tuesday, November 1, 6 p.m.
University of California – Santa BarbaraPre-Optometry ClubWednesday, November 2, 6 p.m.
San Diego State UniversityPre-Optometry ClubThursday, November 3, 5 p.m.
University of California – San DiegoPre-Optometry Club – Price Center East John Muir RoomThursday, November 3, 7 p.m.


Saint Xavier UniversityGraduate & Professional School Fair – Butler Reception RoomWednesday, October 26, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
University of Illinois at ChicagoPre-Optometry Club – SCE White Oak RoomThursday, October 27, 5 p.m.
North Park UniversityPre-Health ClubFriday, November 4, 10:30 a.m.
Northern Illinois UniversityPre-Profession Society – Montgomery Hall Rm 442Thursday, November 10, 5 p.m.
University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignPre-Optometry Club – Lincoln Hall Rm 1066Thursday, November 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m.


St. Mary’s CollegeTri-Beta Biological Honor Society – Science Hall Room 286Tuesday, October 25, 7 p.m.


University of Massachusetts AmherstPre-Medical SocietyWednesday, November 23 – 7 p.m.


Michigan State UniversityPre-Optometry ClubTuesday, November 22, 7 p.m.


Pennsylvania State UniversityPre-Optometry SocietyMonday, November 28


University of VirginiaPre-Optometry ClubWednesday, November 30, 7:30 p.m.


University of British ColumbiaPre-Optometry Club – Irving K. Barber Learning Center Rm 191Wednesday, November 9 – 5:30 p.m.
University of Toronto ScarboroughPre-Optometry ClubThursday, November 10
University of WaterlooPre-Optometry Club – J.R. Coutts Engineering Lecture Hall RCH 308Thursday, November 10, 6 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 2017 session, we are accepting applications December 1, 2016 – March 31, 2017. Applicants will be notified of acceptanceby the end of April.

The program takes place June 26-30, 2017.

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