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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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ASCO Optometry Virtual FairTuesday, June 11,
9:00 p.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 2019 session, we are accepting applications Friday, December 7, 2018 – Friday, April 30, 2019. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by the end of April.

The program dates are Monday, June 24, 2019 – Friday, June 28, 2019.

Students interested in the program must submit the following to our office (preferably in one envelope):

  • Online application
  • Pre-optometry coursework sheet
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended (official electronic transcripts sent directly from the school are accepted)
  • One letter of academic recommendation from a faculty member or advisor
  • Optional: 2×2 photo

Mailing Address:

Office of Admissions
c/o Teisha Johnson, FoYF
Illinois College of Optometry
3241 S. Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60616

For questions about Focus on Your Future, please contact Senior Director of Admissions/Marketing Teisha Johnson at 312-949-7400 or

ICO Webinars

Our live webinars cover a wide range of topics- admission to ICO, student life, financial aid, life after graduation, and more. Sessions are FREE and usually last about 30 minutes. We want you to get the most out of each presentation, so be sure to ask questions and engage with our experts. ICO webinars are open to the public but are highly recommended for prospective students. Register for an upcoming session below!

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