Recruitment Events

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.


ASCO Virtual Fair

Thursday, October 1, 2020

8:30 am - 6:00 pm (CST)


University of California - Berkeley

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

9:00 pm (CST)

Pre-Optometry Club

University of California - Los Angeles

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

8:00 pm (CST)

Pre-Optometry Club


Morton College

Thursday, September 24, 2020

10:00 am - 1:00 pm (CST)

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm (CST)

College Fair

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Thursday, October 15, 2020

9:00 am - 6:00 pm (CST)

Graduate, Law & Professional School Fair

Study Illinois

Wednesday, October 21, 2020
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm (CST)

Graduate Virtual Fair

I-74 Graduate & Professional School Fair

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

9:00 am - 2:00 pm (CST)

Graduate & Professional School Fair


Indiana University

Pre-Optometry Club

Thursday, October 8, 2020

6:00 pm (CST)


Northeast Ohio Virtual
Graduate School Fair

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

2:30 pm - 5:30 pm (CST)

Virtual Graduate School Fair

Miami University

Thursday, November 5, 2020
6:00 pm (CST)

Pre-Optometry Club


University of Maryland
Baltimore County

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

11:00 am (CST)

Pre-Optometry Club


University of North Carolina Chapel

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

6:00 pm (CST)

Pre-Optometry Club


McMaster University

Monday, October 19, 2020

5:00 pm (CST)

Pre-Optometry Club

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.

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 2020 session, we are accepting applications Tuesday, December 1, 2020 – Wednesday, March 31, 2021. Applicants will be notified of acceptance April 30, 2021.

The program dates are to be determined.

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

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