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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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ASCOOptometry Virtual FairWednesday, June 14, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.


Florida State UniversityPre-Optometry Club, College of Medicine Rm. 1301Tuesday, Feb. 21, 7 p.m.
University of Central FloridaPre-Optometry Club, HPA Building 2, Room 345Wednesday, Feb. 22, 6 p.m.
University of FloridaPre-Optometry Club, Matherly Hall Room 251Thursday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m.


Georgia State UniversityPre-Optometry ClubFriday, March 10
Georgia TechPre-Health Conference, Student CenterSunday, March 12, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.


DePaul UniversityProfiles in Health, Lincoln Park CampusFriday, Feb. 24, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
University of ChicagoBiology ColloquiumWednesday, March 1, 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Boys & Girls ClubVisit to ICOFriday, March 3, 11:30 a.m.
Benedictine UniversityHealth Professions Fair, Goodwin Hall of BusinessWednesday, March 15, 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Jack & Jill ClubVisit to ICOSaturday, March 18, 2 p.m.-5 p.m.
Lewis UniversityScience and Health Professions Fair, Science CenterFriday, March 31, 11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.
DePaul UniversityIllinois Pre-Health DaySaturday, April 8, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Northwestern UniversityMedical School & Health Professions DaySaturday, April 29, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
University of ChicagoHealth Professions Fair & SymposiumFriday, May 5


Indiana UniversityHealth Programs Fair and Pre-Optometry ClubWednesday, March 1, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Purdue UniversityHealth Programs Expo, Purdue Memorial UnionThursday, March 2, 2 p.m – 5 p.m.


University of IowaPre-Optometry Club, Iowa Memorial Rm. 259Tuesday, April 18, 7 p.m.
Iowa State UniversityPre-Optometry ClubWednesday, April 19
CAAHP Meeting – Des MoinesStudent Health Professions Education Fair – Embassy Suites, DowntownSaturday, April 22, 9:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.


Xavier UniversityNCF Science AdditionThursday, April 6, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Louisiana State UniversityPre-Optometry Club, Life Science Annex A101Thursday, April 6, 6 p.m.


Hope CollegeVisit to ICOSaturday, April 8, 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.


North Central Carolina UniversityPre-Health ClubTuesday, March 28, 10:40 a.m.
University of North Carolina, Chapel HillHealth Professions FairTuesday, March 28, 1 – 4 p.m.
North Carolina State UniversityHealth Professions Fair, Talley CenterWednesday, March 29, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.


University of UtahPre-Optometry ClubMonday, April 17, 12 p.m.


University of Wisconsin – River FallsPre-Optometry Club, University Center St. Croix Rm.Wednesday, March 8, 6:30 p.m.
University of Wisconsin – Eau ClairePre-Optometry Club, Schofield Hall Rm 30Thursday, March 9, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
University of Wisconsin – OshkoshPre-Optometry ClubFriday, March 10, 5 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