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Doctor of Optometry

The majority of our students apply to our traditional four-year OD degree program. While the majority of students applying to the program recently completed or are in the process of completing their undergraduate education, a significant number of applicants also have been working full-time since undergraduate school, often in the field of optometry. Others may have experience in other graduate level studies.

Application Fees

  • OptomCAS Application Fee: $160
    There is a non-refundable centralized application fee of $160 (plus $60 for each additional school).

  • NECO Supplemental Application Fee: $65
    An additional non-refundable supplemental application fee of $65 will be due to NECO in order to process your application. The fee can be paid either by credit card online or send a check or money order to: The New England College of Optometry, Office of Admissions, 424 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02115.
    Your application will not be processed until we receive your application fee. Please note that there is a $25 service charge for NSF checks and a $50 fee for checks that are not drawn on a US bank.
    Submit NECO Supplemental Application Fee payment online through Paypal.

  • OAT fee: $390
    The cost of taking the OAT is $390. This fee allows for five official reports. Visit the OAT’s website for details.

Application Deadline

March 15 of the year in which you would like to matriculate. Early application is encouraged.

Candidate Interviews

Select candidates are invited for campus interviews following the review of their completed application for admission. In most cases, an interview is required for admission.

Decision Dates

NECO’s admissions review and selection process is on a rolling basis. Available seats in each entering class are filled throughout the year, therefore decision notifications happen throughout the year.

Support During the Application Process

The NECO admissions staff is committed to assisting all students who express an interest in submitting an application to the College. Candidates will receive periodic updates on the state of their applications throughout the process. Please feel free to contact a member of our staff with any questions during the application process.

Special Notes to International Candidates

In addition to the OAT, the TOEFL is required for candidates who completed their undergraduate education at an institution where English is not the teaching language.

Any transcripts from a university outside the United States and Canada will need to be evaluated by the World Education Services (WES). Visit the WES website for more information.