Illinois College of Optometry (ICO)

Chicago, IL

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Illinois College of Optometry

Illinois College of Optometry

Illinois College of Optometry Student Essentials

Illinois College of Optometry Student Essentials
Region: Midwest
Setting: Large City Setting
Type: Private
Affiliation: Not applicable
Website: www.ico.edu
On-Campus Housing Available: Yes
In-State Tuition: $35,086
Out-of-State Tuition: $35,086
Enrollment: 646

About ICO

The oldest optometry school in the nation, The Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, Illinois, offers a tradition of rigorous, clinically based optometry training.

The challenging curriculum exposes students to a variety of current methods. Since Illinois College of Optometry is affiliated with the University of Chicago, students are informed of the newest technologies and practices in the field.

In addition to a challenging curriculum, students in the optometry program also work with a large number of patients and in a variety of clinical capacities, doing everything from pediatric work to advanced ophthalmic care to low-vision rehabilitation.

In the fourth and final year of the program students undertake externships, working full-time at local affiliate facilities.

Admission to Illinois College of Optometry is competitive and primarily based on one’s academic strengths, particularly in the sciences. Pre-requisite courses include Biology, Calculus, Chemistry and Physics, as well as humanities courses such as English and Psychology.

Financial aid is awarded through federal aid programs. Grants, work-study and loans are the main sources of aid and many students receive a combination of these.

ICO Location

Illinois College of Optometry
3241 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60616


Getting Around ICO

Walkability

Excellent walkability. You do not need a car for this area.

9/10
walk

Transit

Good transit. This area has adequate public transportation.

8/10
rail

Weather

Seasonal average temperatures for Chicago, IL

Winter
Dec
35
23
Jan
31
18
Feb
36
22
Spring
Mar
47
31
Apr
59
42
May
70
52
Summer
Jun
80
62
Jul
84
68
Aug
82
66
Fall
Sep
75
58
Oct
63
46
Nov
49
35

ICO Students

Total Students (Undergrads & Graduate Students) 646

Ethnic Diversity:

  • Latino: 3%
  • African American: 2%
  • Caucasian: 67%
  • American Indian or Alaska native: 1%
  • Asian: 27%
Latino 3%
African American 2%
Caucasian 67%
American Indian or Alaska native 1%
Asian 27%

Full-Time 96%
Part-Time 4%
International 16%
Domestic 84%

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