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Meet ICO Admissions members in your area.

ICO Admissions representatives visit dozens of sites across the U.S. and Canada. We plan these events to meet prospective students and answer your questions about our program. Refer to the list below to see when we’ll be in your area.


If we are not visiting your area, let’s find a way to meet. If you or your optometry club are interested in visiting campus, we would welcome the opportunity to host you for a visit to our campus. We love meeting prospective students but understand making time for an event or scheduling an on-campus visit can be challenging. If you or your club are not able to attend an event or visit our campus, a member of our Admissions team is happy to meet you virtually via Skype or FaceTime.
(Better to link directly to "Visit ICO" page? Why anchor to Admissions? Also, how does this help meet virtually? Should link to Webinar info??)


ASCO Virtual Fair

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

9:00 am - 6:00 pm


Western Illinois University

Pre-Med Symposium

University Union
Brattain Lounge

Thursday, February 20, 2020

5:00 pm


Graduate School Recruitment Fair

Sheraton Hotel

Friday, February 21, 2020

9:45 am - 12:15 pm

Triton College

Professional Health Career Programs Fair

Location TBA

Thursday, February 27, 2020

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Benedictine University

Health Professions Fair

Goodwin Hall

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

9:30 am - 2:00 pm

Project Vision

Visit to ICO


Friday, April 17, 2020


Indiana University

Health Programs Fair

Indiana Memorial Union

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Purdue University

Health Programs Expo

Purdue Memorial
Union North and South Ballrooms

Monday, March 2, 2020

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

Health Programs Fair

Campus Center
Fourth Floor

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


University of Cincinnati

Graduate and Health Professions School Fair

Tangeman University Center - Great Hall

Thursday, March 5, 2020

3:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Ohio State University

Health Professions Graduate Fair

Tom W. Davis Gym

Friday, March 6, 2020

11:00 am - 2:00 pm


University of Texas Dallas

Pre-Optometry Professional Society


Monday, February 24, 2020
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

University of Texas Arlington

Pre-Optometry Professional Society


Tuesday, February 25, 2020


Prairie View A&M University 

Class Presentation


Thursday, February 27, 2020

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Sam Houston State University

Pre-Optometry Professional Society


Friday, February 28, 2020

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

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 Monday, December 2, 2019 – Friday, March 20, 2020. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by the end of April.

The program dates are Monday, July 13, 2020 – Friday, July 17, 2020.

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. To register for a webinar, view past webinars, or review upcoming webinars, please visit our Webinars Page

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