Since 1872, we have been providing education and training and healthcare to communities throughout the US. Although optometry has changed over time, one thing remains the same: our commitment to excellence in education and patient care. Our location isn’t an accident, rather it gives us the opportunity to provide care to one of Chicago’s most vulnerable communities, while partnering with our patients to ensure our students receive a world class education.
At Illinois College of Optometry, our energy is focused on the teaching and practice of optometry as we strive to see that ‘none shall lack for proper care.’ That is why we do what we do every day.
Everyday, with every patient, and every student we have the opportunity to change lives for the better and make a difference.
-Dr. Mark Colip '92, President
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The Illinois College of Optometry holds professional accreditation from the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education of the American Optometric Association, which is a member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. ICO is also accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The degree program curriculum is approved by the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs.