Illinois College of Optometry


At a Glance

School type

Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above


78 Faculty Members | 6:1 student faculty ratio

Religious affliation

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Mission Statement

The Illinois College of Optometry has a long and distinguished legacy as the oldest continually operating educational facility dedicated solely to the teaching of optometrists. Since its founding in 1872, the College's evolution has closely paralleled the development of the profession of optometry. Throughout our history, ICO has remained at the forefront of optometry through the dedicated efforts of faculty and students as well as our excellent facilities.

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cost & financial aid

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Types of Degrees Offered

  • Certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Doctoral degree
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Student Life

Student Demographics

Female Students
Male Students

Student Ethnicities
  1. Caucasian39.88%
  2. Asian25.88%
  3. Two Or More Ethnicities22.77%
  4. Hispanic/Latino5.64%
  5. Black3.7%
  6. Not Specified1.75%
  7. American Indian/Alaska Native0.19%
  8. Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander0.19%

Student body breakdown

Total students enrolled


Graduate students


Attendance breakdown

Full time
Part time

Student services

  • Meal plan
  • Counseling services
  • Remedial services
  • Work-study
  • Placement services
  • Study abroad
  • Weekend/evening classes
  • On-campus day care for student's children
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