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New England College of Optometry is located in the historic Back Bay neighborhood in downtown Boston.

424 Beacon Street  

The primary campus of the New England College of Optometry is located at 424 Beacon Street in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood. The Beacon Street Campus includes classrooms and teaching laboratories for the vast majority of courses, and offices for the faculty and administration. Laboratories for the vision research program, the Myopia Research Center and the Children's Vision Laboratory are on this campus as well. 


The Library

The New England College of Optometry Library consists of two floors. The grand upper floor includes the Soltes Room, a study room, and an alcove. The bottom floor includes a vibrant collection of print and digital materials, loaner iPads and laptops, study rooms, and tech services. The library has developed an impressive collection that chronicles the history of optometry and related fields, while providing an extensive knowledge base covering relevant up-to-date developments and trends. These topics can be found in a collection of more than 11,000 volumes and over 200 journals on vision, optometry and related topics. Students also have access to a variety of databases, including Medline, eJournals and an online catalog through their own computers or workstations located in the library’s Marco Institutional Technologies Center and the adjacent college cafeteria. The Library is networked for wireless access.


New England Eye

The College’s second facility is New England Eye. New England Eye (NEE) is the patient care and clinical education subsidiary of the New England College of Optometry, established in 1973. Through New England Eye, our optometrists and students make a difference in the community, as well as in the lives of individuals with disabilities, older adults, homeless, and low-income children from varied cultures and backgrounds at 45 health care facilities throughout Greater Boston and in two comprehensive eye clinics in Boston and Roslindale. View the network.


New England Eye’s two flagship vision centers are at Commonwealth and Roslindale. New England Eye Commonwealth is located on Commonwealth Ave, a mile from the main campus. New England Eye Roslindale is located on Washington Street in Roslindale, a neighborhood of Boston. These teaching facilities provides a complete range of eye care services including comprehensive exams, contact lens services, low vision care, pediatric care, vision therapy, and refractive surgery evaluations. Students gain clinical experience as part of their professional training.

Boston and Beyond

For the first three years at New England College of Optometry, the Greater Boston area is part of our campus. With access to more than 150 clinics and 200 schools in the greater Boston area and beyond, students do clinical work in a variety of different settings in the different communities/neighborhoods of Boston, private practices, community health centers, eye clinics, and the New England Eye network. During their fourth year, students participate in rotations around the country as well as in Canada and China.