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New England College of Optometry is a private, nonprofit, and internationally recognized optometry school.

We prepare the next generation of eye care providers, educators, and innovators through rigorous curriculum, extensive clinical experiences, state-of-the-art facilities, and a strong support network. As an independent optometry school, we focus solely on optometry.

Above all, we’re committed to guiding students through the most important decision of their lives: to pursue a rewarding career in optometry.

125+ Years of Innovation in Eye Care Education

Founded in 1894, NECO is the oldest continuously operating optometry school in the U.S. and has been advancing optometric education ever since.

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Driven By Our Mission

Our mission is to change the way people see the world. This starts by preparing today’s optometrists for tomorrow’s optometry.

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A Commitment to Inclusion

Exceptional eye care begins with a more representative profession. A participant in the 13% Promise, NECO is focused on increasing diversity among our faculty and students and ultimately the optometric profession.

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Leading by Example

NECO is guided by a visionary team of practitioners, innovators, and industry leaders.

Impact and Service

At NECO, we’re shaped and guided by a desire to give back and be an integral part of community health.

  • 67,500

    Patients treated annually

    ...across 9 NECO-affiliated eye care clinics in Boston and beyond.

  • Advocates for optometry

    We help shape the future of the profession through local, regional, and national advocacy work.

  • Pioneers in telehealth for eye care

    NECO is at the forefront of optometry innovation and increasing access to care.

Impact & Service