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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 FairThursday, October 18,
8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Health Professions Week (HPW) Virtual FairThursday, November 8,
12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.


San Diego State University
Pre-Optometry Club
TBAMonday, November 5,
10:00 a.m.
University of California – San Diego
Pre-Optometry Club
TBATuesday, November 6,
6:30 p.m.
University of California – Santa Barbara
Pre-Optometry Club
TBAFriday, November 9,
6:30 p.m.


University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago Graduate & Professional School Fair
UIC ForumFriday, October 5,
1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Elmhurst College
Health Professions Fair
Frick Center Founders LoungeTuesday, October 16,
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Optometry Dean’s Night
TBATuesday, October 16,
7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Graduate & Professional School Fair
Illinois Union Rooms A, B, C & Pine LoungeWednesday, October 17,
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Augustana College
Graduate & Professional School Fair
Gerber Center Gavle RoomTuesday October 23,
11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Loyola University Chicago
Careers in Science Fair
Damen Student CenterWednesday, October 24,
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Morton College
College Fair
Henry J. Vais GymnasiumWednesday, October 24,
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Bradley University
Graduate & Professional School Fair
Michel Student Center BallroomThursday, October 25,
12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Bradley University
Health Professions Reception
Bradley Hall Room 235Thursday, October 25,
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Northeastern Illinois University
Pre-Health Club
TBAThursday, November 1,
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Northern Illinois University
Pre-Professional Association
Montgomery 442Wednesday, November 14,
5:00 p.m.


Texas Southern University
Pre-Optometry Club
TBAFriday, October 5,


Marquette University
Pre-Health Student Programs Fair
Cramer HallWednesday, September 19,
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Marquette University
Pre-Optometry Club
TBAThursday, September 20,


University of British Columbia
Pre-Optometry Club
TBATuesday, November 6,
5:30 p.m.
University of Waterloo
Pre-Optometry Club
RCH 305Tuesday, November 6,
6:00 p.m.
McMaster University
Pre-Optometry Club
TBAWednesday, November 7,
7:00 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 2019 session, we are accepting applications Friday, December 7, 2018 – Friday, March 29, 2019. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by the end of April.

The program dates are Monday, June 24, 2019 – Friday, June 28, 2019.

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

ICO Webinars

Our live webinars cover a wide range of topics- admission to ICO, student life, financial aid, life after graduation, and more. Sessions are FREE and usually last about 30 minutes. We want you to get the most out of each presentation, so be sure to ask questions and engage with our experts. ICO webinars are open to the public but are highly recommended for prospective students. Register for an upcoming session below!

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How Does the ICO Community Support Students? View Now!Tuesday, October 9,
3:30 p.m.
Financing Your Education at ICOView Now!Wednesday, October 10,
1:30 p.m.
What Does A Career in Optometry Look Like? View Now!Wednesday, October 17,
2:30 p.m.