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Invest in your future at ICO.

We understand that graduate education is an investment.  Finding the place where your passion intersects with your career path is an important key to success. At ICO we invest in you, the future of optometric medicine. Our world-renowned faculty have shaped generations of optometrists to make a real contribution to the field and to the lives of their patients.  Our curriculum combines classroom lectures and hands-on practical experiences from the start of the program. Our graduates are prepared to serve patients and be thought leaders for the profession.  Don’t just take our word for it, hear what students have to say about ICO:

We are a diverse community with a global reach and students from across the world who seek our high standards and commitment to shaping well-rounded leaders in optometry. Being a grad student at ICO is both challenging and rewarding, and we support you in pursuing both your optometric passion and life beyond the classroom. We know current and former ICO students have many interests, but they all share one commitment: a desire to deliver trustworthy patient care to the best of their ability and a with passion for knowledge in optometry.

We evaluate the big picture.

When assessing prospective students, we consider who you are as an individual beyond academic achievements; we desire to know you personally and academically to ensure fit and assess success. We want to learn what lessons or experiences have shaped you as an individual. ICO Interview Day is an opportunity for you to give us insight into who you are and to learn about how ICO can help you achieve your professional goals. Our advice? Come prepared to ask us questions about life at ICO and be yourself!


What do I need for a complete application?

We consider the following when reviewing applications:


  • Academic History – Includes GPAs/transcripts, prerequisite courses, and Bachelor’s degree(s). OptomCAS allows you to revise your application between December and February, should you wish to update us with improved grades.

  • OAT Scores and/or GRE Scores

  • Recommendation Letters (2 minimum uploaded directly to OptomCAS)

  • Professional Knowledge – Includes shadowing, observation, internships, extracurricular activities, etc.

  • Your application essay and your motivation for pursuing a future in optometry


Interested in learning more about ICO’s standards for admission? View a snapshot of the performance of our student body.


Want to visit our campus?

We encourage and welcome you to visit the ICO campus. To arrange a visit to our campus, please contact the Admissions Office at 312-949-7400. You can schedule tours, in-person or phone counseling sessions, and clinical observation.


We will do all we can to make your admissions process smooth and stress-free. To receive additional informational admissions materials via mail, please complete this form. If you have questions regarding your ICO application or the application process, please contact our Admissions office at or (312) 949-7400.


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