University description (as per official university website)
History and Mission
The Illinois College of Optometry has a long and distinguished legacy as the oldest continually operating educational facility in the world dedicated solely to the teaching of optometrists. Since its founding in 1872 by Dr. Henry Olin, ICO has remained at the forefront of optometry through the dedicated efforts of faculty, students and alumni.
For more than 135 years, the Illinois College of Optometry has been dedicated to providing an unsurpassed educational experience to optometry students who share our passion for excellence.
The mission of the Illinois College of Optometry is to provide excellence in optometric clinical education.
* ICO will foster high expectations for academic and clinical excellence of our students.
* Experience in providing contemporary patient care is essential to fulfill ICO’s mission. The Illinois Eye Institute, as the clinical division of the College, will support the mission through its patient care, clinical training and research initiatives.
* A commitment by the faculty to contribute to the body of knowledge through scholarly activity or patient care excellence is expected.
* An atmosphere and community of influence is expected at ICO to foster the development of leaders in the profession and in our communities.
* Members of the ICO community will act with integrity and will respect the dignity of the individual.
* ICO will recruit highly qualified students from diverse backgrounds and prepare them for a lifetime of health care practice.
Eligibility Requirements for Federal Financial Aid
To receive aid from the federal student aid programs, you must meet all the following criteria:
* have financial need, except for some loan programs
* be enrolled at least half-time or accepted for enrollment as a regular student working toward a degree
* be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
* have a valid Social Security Number. If you don't have a Social Security Number, you can find out more about applying for one at www.ssa.gov
* maintain satisfactory academic progress
* sign a statement on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) certifying that you will use federal student aid only for educational purposes
* sign a statement on the FAFSA certifying that you are not in default on a federal student loan and that you do not owe money back on a federal student grant
* register with the Selective Service, if required
* If you are a male 18 through 25 years of age and you have not yet registered with Selective Service, you can give the Selective Service permission to register you by checking a box on the FAFSA. You can also register through the Internet at www.sss.gov