Illinois College Of Optometry

Illinois College Of Optometry

The Illinois College of Optometry (ICO), which is located in Chicago, Illinois, was founded in 1872 by Dr. Henry Olin and is one of the largest optometry colleges in the United States. Its campus is located in the educational and health corridor along with the University of Chicago, University of Illinois, Illinois Institute of Technology and Mercy Medical Centers.

Illinois College of Optometry is known for the Illinois Eye Institute (IEI) which is its principal clinical training facility for students. The college confers doctoral degrees in optometry, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Visual Science. ICO houses student organizations like the Canadian Students Association, Fellowship of Christian Optometrists, American Optometric Student Association (AOSA) and Student Volunteers in Optometric Service to Humanity (SVOSH).

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Contacting Illinois College of Optometry

Illinois College of Optometry
3241 S Michigan Ave
Chicago , IL 60616-3878
General Phone: (312) 949-7400

Illinois College of Optometry Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Medicine154medical preparatory, optometry

Number of programs and degrees for Illinois College of Optometry in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree41
First-professional degree1501

Illinois College of Optometry Student Body

In 2007-2008, Illinois College of Optometry had a total enrollment of 614 students.

Students By Class:

Group Percent
First Professional 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 54%
Black 1%
Hispanic 3%
Asian 27%
American Indian 0%
(Foreign Students) 15%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
18-19 0%
20-21 2%
22-24 49%
25-29 43%
30-34 4%
35-39 1%
40-49 0%

Illinois College of Optometry Room and Board (2007)

Illinois College of Optometry offers campus housing for 200 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Chicago, Illinois for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Illinois Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Illinois College of Optometry Admissions and Selectivity

Application Requirements:

Years of College Work Before Admittancenot required

Illinois College of Optometry Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
Room charge $ 4,530
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,035

Financial Aid:
Illinois College of Optometry participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 168900)

Illinois College of Optometry Faculty

Illinois College of Optometry has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track79

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year5$120,6264$119,633
Associate professorcalendar year9$108,33011$93,644
Assistant professorcalendar year5$76,3469$68,751
Instructorcalendar year2*0*
All faculty totalcalendar year21$99,17124$88,640

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Illinois College of Optometry Degree Programs (2007)

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other
Optometry (OD)

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Top 18%Illinois College of Optometry Dorm rooms per full-time student

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