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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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Florida State University
Pre-Optometry Club
College of Medicine Room 1301 Tuesday, February 20,
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
University of Central Florida
Pre-Optometry Club
Location TBA Wednesday, February 21


Aurora University
Graduate School Fair
University Banquet Hall Saturday, February 17,
9:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Lewis University
Science and Health Professions Fair
Science Center Friday, March 23, 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


Purdue University
Health Programs Expo
Purdue Memorial Union North and South Ballrooms Monday, February 26,
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Next Step Fair
University Tower Ballroom Tuesday, February 27, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Indiana University
Health Programs Fair
Indiana Memorial Union Wednesday, February 28,
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


University of Cincinnati
Health Professions Fair
Tangeman University Center Great Hall Tuesday, March 1,
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Health Professions Fair
Student Union Great Hall Monday, March 26,
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Pre-Optometry Club
Location TBA Tuesday, March 27, 7:00 p.m.
North Carolina State University
Health Professions Fair
Talley Center Wednesday, March 28,
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


NAAHP National Meeting
Health Professions Fair
Washington Hilton Hotel Saturday, June 30,
3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.


ASCO Optometry Virtual Fair Tuesday, June 12,
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 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 2018 session, we are accepting applications December 8, 2017 – March 30, 2018. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by the end of April.

The program dates are Monday, June 11 – 15, 2018.

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