The Illinois College of Optometry offers a number of events and services for prospective students to learn more about the profession of optometry and ICO’s unique program. Get to know our admissions staff and students by attending these events. The admissions staff at ICO is here to assist you as best as we can throughout the application process. Take advantage of the many opportunities to connect with us!
ICO On the Road
Tour of Campus
Come and experience ICO’s campus first-hand by scheduling a tour of campus. From mid-September until the end of April, tours are offered Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from noon until 1:00 pm. During the months of May through mid-September, individual appointments can be scheduled during office hours depending on availability of tour guides.
Schedule a tour of ICO’s campus by calling the Office of Admissions at 312-949-7400 or 1-800-397-2424. The hours of operation for the Office of Admissions are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. CST.
Typically on a Saturday in June each year, the Office of Admissions holds its annual Open House. The Open House includes a presentation on ICO’s program and admissions process, mini-sessions on financial aid and strengthening your application, a student panel with a question and answer time, optometric entrance exam demonstrations, and a tour of the school. Students and guests are encouraged to attend this event.
The Office of Admissions holds one or more information sessions on campus each application year. This type of session includes a presentation on ICO’s program, the application process, and a tour of the facilities. Prospective students are encouraged to attend. Please keep checking this page for the next session and the ability to RSVP.
Admissions Counseling Session
Are you feeling anxious about the application process for optometry school? Do you want to talk through your current coursework and ICO’s prerequisite requirements? Are you interested in making a career change and want to know if optometry school is for you? All these questions and more can be addressed in a one-on-one admissions counseling session.
Counseling sessions can be conducted in-person or via phone. Admissions staff will provide you with tips on strengthening your application, getting your coursework on track for optometry school, and preparing a competitive application for the Admissions Committee to review. We encourage individuals to review ICO’s web site, especially the required pre-optometry curriculum and the application process prior to scheduling an appointment. Students are encouraged to share a copy of their college transcript prior to the appointment and to come prepared with questions. Contact the Office of Admissions at 312-949-7400 or 1-800-397-2424 to schedule your appointment.