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Congratulations again on your admission to the Doctor of Optometry Program! This page offers some next steps as you get ready to start your graduate work. Please contact us at admissions@neco.edu or 617-587-5580 with any questions. We look forward to welcoming you to the NECO community.

Enrollment Deposits

First deposit due: Within two weeks of acceptance
Second deposit due: May 15, 2016

Your first step is to confirm your enrollment by submitting your initial deposit of $1,000 (US) by the date listed in your acceptance packet, usually within two weeks of receiving an acceptance. You can pay your deposit online. If your plans change and you wish to release your place at New England College of Optometry, please inform us by March 31, 2016 to receive a full refund. Deposit cancellations after March 31, 2016 will incur a $250 administrative fee.

If you were admitted after March 31, you may receive a full refund of your initial deposit until May 15, 2016, but will incur a $250 administrative fee thereafter. 

Your second deposit of $1,000 (US) is due by May 15, 2016 and will officially confirm your place in the class of 2020. You can pay your deposit online. Half of the second deposit is refundable by June 10, 2016 in the unlikely event your plans change after May 15, 2016.

No portion of the initial deposit is refundable after you have submitted a second deposit, and no portion of the second deposit is refundable after June 10, 2016. Both deposits will be credited toward your first semester’s tuition.

Connect with other accepted students on Facebook:

Join the NECO Class of 2020 Accepted Student Facebook group where you can meet other accepted students, speak with current NECO students and get your questions answered.

Financing Your Education

Federal Aid Priority Deadline: April 1, 2016

Visit our financial aid page to learn more about applying for federal aid and other payment options, as well as financial information for Canadian students

Housing and Housing Fair

NECO's office of Student Services is here to support your transition to Boston, and would like to invite you to register for the Class of 2020 Housing Fair. At the fair, you'll be introduced to local realtors who can help you find an apartment. You'll also be able to meet fellow classmates and enjoy a weekend in Boston! We recommended staying for the whole weekend in Boston in order to view as many apartments as possible. Learn more about local accommodations.

Visit our housing resources including boston neighborhoods, realtors, and housing options.

Certiphi Background Check

Due: As soon as possible

You will receive an email about your required background check from Certiphi one month after receiving an acceptance. Please complete this process as soon as possible. There are fees associated with the process, and the fees vary from student to student depending on the jurisdictions involved in the background check.

Final Transcripts, Test Scores, Prerequisites 

Due: June 15, 2016

Submit your final official undergraduate transcript directly to the Office of Admissions. It must include the degree conferred. If you are taking summer classes or your degree will not be conferred by June 15, please send your updated transcripts as soon as they become available.

If you are relying on AP or IB scores to satisfy prerequisite requirements, we may ask for official reports. Please arrange for these to be sent directly from the testing organization to the Office of Admissions.

You can view a prerequisite evaluation in our Application Portal once you have submitted your first deposit. You will receive an email from Admissions with instructions for accessing the Portal. 

Immunization Forms

Due: July 8, 2016

Your immunization form needs to be filled out, signed, and stamped by your doctor by Friday, July 8th, 2016. Forms should be sent to Deborah Picard via mail to 424 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02115, fax to 617-587-5559, or email to picardd@neco.edu.Please also keep a copy of the form for yourself as you will need it in the future for clinics.

While you may start to work on fulfilling the immunization requirements as soon as possible, please note that the Tuberculin Skin Test portion of the exam can be completed no earlier than June 1, 2016.

International Student Visa Process

Initial documentation due: mid-July 2016

In late May/early June we will mail international students the forms, including the financial verification worksheet, required to apply for a Form I-20.  There is nothing you need to do prior to receiving the forms. International students are asked as part of this process to provide proof of liquid funds of an amount sufficient to cover the first two years of study at NECO.

New Student Orientation

New student orientation will take place on September 2, 2016. Orientation attendance is mandatory for new students. Orientation is a great opportunity to register for classes, receive your NECO email account, speak with various members of the NECO staff and meet with your classmates.