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Accreditation Information


UNDER 34 CFR 643.43B

New England College of Optometry (the College) is accredited by both the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) of the American Optometric Association and by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE). Both ACOE and NECHE are recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as reliable authorities on the quality of education and adhere to the standards of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The College has been continuously accredited by ACOE since 1941 and by NECHE since 1976.

Periodically the College undergoes a peer review process. As a result of their November 2012 joint accreditation visit, both ACOE and NECHE (formerly NEASC, New England Association of Schools and Colleges) determined that the College should continue to be accredited. ACOE’s next visit is planned for November 2020; NECHE’s for the fall 2022. During that time, the College is required to submit annual accreditation reports to ACOE and NECHE that meet their respective standards and address any recommendations that may have resulted from either the joint accreditation visit or interim filings.

Separately, ACOE reviews each of the College’s residency programs on a different timetable.

Inquiries and requests for written documentation regarding the College’s accreditation may be directed in writing to the Office of the President, 424 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02115.

If you have any further questions or complaints regarding the College’s accreditation, you may contact:

Accreditation Council on Optometric Education 243 N. Lindbergh Boulevard, Floor 1 St. Louis, MO 63141 314-991-4100 or

New England Commission of Higher Education
3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100
Burlington, MA 01803
855-886-3272 or

Massachusetts Board of Higher Education
One Ashburton Place, Room 1401
Boston, MA 02108
617-994-6950 or