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New England College of Optometry

The New England College of Optometry (NECO) prepares the next generation of eye care providers, educators, and innovators through a rigorous curriculum and extensive clinical experiences. NECO graduates compassionate and skilled optometrists prepared to practice in diverse settings. Located in the heart of Boston, the College is a small, independent graduate institution that currently enrolls students from 34 states and 8 countries.

New England Eye

New England Eye (NEE) is the patient care and clinical education affiliate of the New England College of Optometry. It is one of the largest providers of optometric services in Massachusetts with nearly 90,000 patient visits annually in more than 43 locations, including many of Greater Boston’s community health centers. New England Eye’s doctors and students provide vision care three days a week on the fully equipped mobile clinic, New England Eye On-Sight, to children, the elderly, and individuals who are legally blind.  Learn more about New England Eye.

Our Impact

Although our school is small, our impact is large. Through partnerships with the Boys and Girls Club of Boston, clinical rotations in our network of community health centers and the mobile eye clinic, On-Sight, and medical missions to provide eye care in other countries, our students impact the health care of the communities in which they serve. Our students provide vision care to more than a quarter of a million people in the world each year. Learn more about Our Impact.

Our Mission, Vision, and Values

At New College of Optometry, we educate students for careers in eye care delivery, research, and education. We challenge students to think creatively about vision and sight and to contribute to the future of the field. In doing so, we provide quality optometric care to more than 150,000 individuals annually and serve the community through a network of health care organizations and access to vision screenings. View NECO’s Mission Statement, Vision, and Values.

Facts, Information, Policies, and History

For over 130 years, the New England College of Optometry has been educating optometrists. Originally founded in 1894 as the Klein School of Optics, NECO is the oldest continuously operating school of Optometry in the United States. Read more about NECO’s history, accreditation information, reports, and online catalog.


New England College of Optometry has an active Board of Trustees that provides leadership and oversight to the College and advises President Scott. President Scott is also supported by members of the Senior Administrative Team.


NECO is looking for agile, committed people to join our team to support our programs in world-class optometric education and clinical experience. The College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.  Visit our current job postings.


To contact one of NECO’s offices, visit our Contact NECO page.

What's great about starting to work in a clinical setting is that classes become more obviously relevant to 'real life.' This gives us a new perspective to use in order to learn the material. I'm no longer thinking what kind of test question this material could turn into...but I'm also asking myself how will I handle this condition if I see it in a patient.
Stephanie Adams, OD/PhD, '18