Illinois College of Optometry

3241 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL

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The Illinois College of Optometry (ICO), located in Chicago, Illinois, was founded by Dr. Henry Olin in 1872. The school is the oldest continually operating optometry facility in the world. ICO has remained a leader of optometry for over 135 years and has been dedicated to providing a quality education to aspiring optometry students.


ICO provides a doctor of optometry (OD) degree to graduates of it optometry program. ICO's class and clinical programs are considered top-notch, covering a broad range of the sciences and preparing students for work in the field of optometry. The clinical portion of the program has over 150 affiliate clinics it works with the provide students with rotations. 20% of ODs in the United States are graduates of ICO.

Admissions and Financial Aid

Admission to the Illinois College of Optometry requires a certain amount of prerequisite college hours in a variety of subjects be completed.  Individuals may visit the website or contact the school for more information. Financial aid is available to eligible students. Eligibility is determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA),  which must be completed and submitted.

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Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and alumni, Illinois College of Optometry may offer services to students like:

  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Counseling assistance
  • Work study style employment
  • Employment search assistance

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Optometry (O.D.) Program
    • * Accredited by the American Optometric Association, Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (since 1955)

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Contact Information

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