Fun Fact Friday: 1910s & 1920s
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Fun Fact Friday: 1910s & 1920s

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Fun Fact Friday: 10 Fun Facts about the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO)

Welcome to a new series: Fun Fact Friday, in which we will feature 10 fun facts about the history of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO).  Our first fact-filled adventure consists of both the 1910s and 1920s.


  • On September 26, 1918, the Philadelphia Society of Optometrists conducted their first meeting
  • The entering first class at the Pennsylvania State College of Optometry (PSCO- the original name before it was changed in 1964) had 33 students, and only two of them were female (According to Women in Optometry ®, the percentage of women entering North American schools and colleges of optometry has increased to 69 percent)
  • Tuition for the entering class was $150 for the the 1919 academic year 

See More About the 1910s 

Women sorority


  • PSCO had fraternities such as Phi Theta Epsilon Fraternity (est. 1922), Omega Delta Fraternity of Optometrists (est. 1923), and Gamma Omega Phi Fraternity (est. 1927)
  • The first PSCO Alumni Association Meeting was organized in June 1922, and are still held today.
  • Annual theatrical shows were held by students
  • The first prom was held on February 11, 1927 featuring Gus Daniels and His Orchestra from 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. - although there are no longer proms, there are still formal dances held each year such as the Eyeball and the Salus Soiree
  • PSCO had its own orchestra
  • In 1928, PSCO established its first all-female fraternity – Sigma Zeta Alpha
  • Students were encouraged to write humorous stories and poems for the yearbooks

See More About the 1920s