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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 Fair Health Professions Week Friday, September 30, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
ASCO Virtual Fair Wednesday, November 2, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.


University of California – Irvine Pre-Optometry Club Thursday, October 27, 5 p.m.
California State University – Fullerton Pre-Optometry Club Friday, October 28, 11 a.m.
University of California – Los Angeles Pre-Optometry Club – Mathematical Sciences Building, Room 5147 Tuesday, November 1, 6 p.m.
University of California – Santa Barbara Pre-Optometry Club Thursday, November 3, 6 p.m.
University of California – San Diego Pre-Optometry Club Thursday, November 3, 7 p.m.


Morton College College Fair – Henry J. Vais Gymnasium Wednesday, October 5, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago Graduate & Professional School Fair – UIC Forum Thursday, October 6, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Elmhurst College Health Professions Fair – Frick Center Tuesday, October 18, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Optometry Dean’s Night – Illini Union Tuesday, October 18, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Graduate & Professional School Fair – Illini Union Wednesday, October 19, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Loyola University Careers in Science Fair – Damen Student Center Wednesday, October 19, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Saint Xavier University Graduate & Professional School Fair – Butler Reception Room Wednesday, October 26, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
University of Illinois at Chicago Pre-Optometry Club Thursday, October 27, 5 p.m.
North Park University Pre-Health Club Friday, November 4, 10:30 a.m.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Pre-Optometry Club – Lincoln Hall Rm 1066 Thursday, November 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m.


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


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


University of Massachusetts Amherst Pre-Medical Society Wednesday, November 23


Michigan State University Pre-Optometry Club Tuesday, November 22, 7 p.m.


University of Missouri – Kansas City Pre-Optometry Club Wednesday, October 19


University of Wisconsin – Madison Pre-Optometry Club Monday, October 10
Marquette University Health Professions Programs Fair – Cramer Hall Tuesday, October 11, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Wisconsin Lutheran College Pre-Health Club Wednesday, October 12, 3 p.m.
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee Pre-Optometry Club – Student Union Rm 344 Wednesday, October 12, 5:30 p.m.


Western University Pre-Optometry Club Wednesday, October 23, 6 p.m.
University of British Columbia Pre-Optometry Club Wednesday, November 9
University of Waterloo Pre-Optometry Club Thursday, 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