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Experience Boston and a Dynamic Healthcare Community

Throughout your education, we provide opportunities for you to discover your passion in the field and to prepare for the ever-changing field of healthcare. Our Boston location allows you to access to the innovation and excellence in higher education and healthcare in the area. Our professional program has the flexibility for students to tailor their experience, exploring the specialties within optometry and pursuing concentrations, advanced degrees, research opportunities, and studies with industry leaders.

NECO Admissions

We recruit and admit socially minded, intellectually curious, and compassionate students with the demonstrated academic credentials and interpersonal competencies necessary to achieve excellence in the practice of optometry.  All applicants to four-year optometric programs utilize the OptomCAS web application process. Upon submission, the Admissions Committee reviews applications and selected candidates are invited to come to the College for an interview.  Learn more about our specific degree programs, prerequisite requirements, and optometry as a career.

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When you become a student at NECO, you join a vibrant academic community that values a patient-centered, scientifically-based curriculum. You become a part of Boston’s innovative educational and medical community. You create lifelong relationships with fellow students, faculty, alumni, and our institution. Our success is predicated on the success of our students and alumni – as exemplary practitioners of optometry, as thought leaders in their profession, and as inspired doctors dedicated to the advancement of visual and ocular health in the communities they serve.

I chose NECO for many reasons. First, there was the allure of the clinical program- I wanted to immerse myself in the patient care experience as soon as possible and in a diverse environment and that's exactly what NECO offers. Second, there is the city of Boston, a young, fun, beautiful city with a lot of culture to offer.

Alexandra Sexton, Class of 2016