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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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University of Arizona Pre-Optometry Club – Physics-Atmospheric Sciences Room 416 Tuesday, Feb. 9, 5 p.m.
Arizona State University Pre-Optometry Club – Bateman Physical Sciences Building H Wing (PSH) 153 Wednesday, Feb. 10, 6 p.m.


San Jose State University Pre-Optometry Club Monday, March 7
California State University – Fresno Pre-Optometry Club Tuesday, March 1, 5 p.m.
University of California – Santa Cruz Pre-Optometry Club Wednesday, March 2, 5 p.m.
University of California – Merced Pre-Optometry Club – Classroom & Offices Building (COB) 286 Thursday, March 3, 12 p.m.
University of California – David Pre-Optometry Club – Olson 118 Thursday, March 3, 7:30 p.m.
California State University – Fullerton Pre-Optometry Club Friday, March 4, 11 a.m.


University of South Florida Pre-Optometry Club – Marshall Student Center 3708 Tuesday, Feb. 23, 4 p.m.
University of Central Florida Pre-Optometry Club – HPA2 Room 345 Wednesday, Feb. 24, 6 p.m.
University of Florida Pre-Optometry Club Thursday, Feb. 25


University of Illinois at Chicago Biology Colloquium Visit to ICO Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2:30 p.m.
DePaul University Science and Health Graduate School Forum – McGowan South Friday, Feb. 19, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Illinois Wesleyan University Career Connection – Hansen Student Center Friday, Feb. 26, 3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Benedictine University Health Professions Fair – Birck Hall of Science Wednesday, March 16, 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Lewis University Health and Sciences Fair – Science Center Friday, March 18, 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Chicago State University Health Careers Fair – Cordell Reed Student Union Tuesday, March 22, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Loyola University Freshman Seminar – Cuneo 210 Tuesday, April 5, 6:30 p.m.


Indiana University Health Programs Fair – Memorial Union Monday, Feb. 29, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Purdue University Health Programs Expo – Memorial Union Tuesday, March 1, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis Next Step Fair – Campus Center 450 Tuesday, March 8, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.


Louisiana State University Pre-Optometry Club Wednesday, March 16, 6 p.m.
Xavier University of Louisiana Table Visit – NCF Science Complex Thursday, March 17 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.


Saginaw Valley State University Health Professions Association Visit to ICO Friday, April 1, 1 p.m.


North Carolina Central University Health Career Club Tuesday, March 29, 10:40-11:30 a.m.
University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill Health Career Expo – Great Hall, Student Union Tuesday, March 29, 1-4 p.m.
North Carolina State University Health Career Expo – Talley Student Union Wednesday, March 30, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.


University of Texas – Austin Pre-Optometry Club – Pharmacy Building Room 2.108 Monday, Feb. 22, 7 p.m.
Prairie View A&M University Biology Seminar Wednesday, Feb. 24, 3 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 2016 session, we are accepting applications Dec. 14, 2015 – April 1, 2016. Applicants will be notified of acceptance in early May.

The program takes place in mid-July. Final 2016 dates will be announced in the Fall.

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