Congratulations again on your admission to the Doctor of Optometry Program! This page offers some next steps as you get ready to start your graduate work. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-587-5580 with any questions. We look forward to welcoming you to the NECO community.
First deposit due: Within two weeks of acceptance
Second deposit due: May 15, 2018 (for offers of admission after May 1, within three weeks of acceptance)
Your first step is to confirm your enrollment by submitting your initial deposit of $1,000 (USD) by the date listed in your acceptance packet, usually within two weeks of receiving an acceptance. You can pay your deposit online. If your plans change, please inform us by March 31, 2018 to receive a full refund. Deposit cancellations after March 31, 2018 will incur a $250 administrative fee.
Your second deposit of $1,000 (USD) is due by May 15, 2018 (or for offers of admission after May 1, within three weeks of acceptance) and will officially confirm your place in the class of 2022. You can pay your deposit online. Half of the second deposit is refundable by June 8, 2018 in the unlikely event your plans change after May 15, 2018.
No portion of the initial deposit is refundable after May 15, 2018 and no portion of the second deposit is refundable after June 8, 2018. Both deposits will be credited toward your first semester’s tuition.
Connect with other accepted students on Facebook:
Join the NECO Class of 2022 Accepted Student Facebook group where you can meet other accepted students, speak with current NECO students and get your questions answered.
Financing Your Education
Federal Aid Priority Deadline: April 1, 2018
Visit our financial aid page to learn more about applying for federal aid and other payment options, as well as financial information for Canadian students.
Housing and Housing Fair
June 8, 2018
NECO's office of Student Services is here to support your transition to Boston, and will host the Class of 2022 Housing Fair in June 2018. Information about the fair will be shared after the new year. At the fair, you'll be introduced to local realtors who can help you find an apartment. You'll also be able to meet fellow classmates and enjoy a weekend in Boston! We recommended staying for the whole weekend in Boston in order to view as many apartments as possible. Learn more about local accommodations.
Visit our housing resources including Boston neighborhoods, realtors, and housing options.
Certiphi Background Check
Due: July 13, 2018
You will receive an email about your required background check from Certiphi one month after receiving an acceptance. Please complete this process as soon as possible. There are fees associated with the process, and the fees vary from student to student depending on the jurisdictions involved in the background check.
Final Transcripts, Test Scores, Prerequisites
Due: July 13, 2018
Please submit final, official undergraduate transcripts from all colleges or universities you have attended directly to: NECO Admissions, 424 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02115. Transcript must be sent directly from your undergraduate institution/s via mail or official electronic means, include the degree conferred, and be signed stamped or sealed. If you are taking summer classes or your degree will not be conferred by July 13, please send your updated transcripts as soon as they become available. Please note that even if you provided final transcripts to OptomCAS, you must still arrange to have official copies sent to NECO Admissions.
All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or better, though grades lower than a C may be accepted at the discretion of the College if you scored a 300 or above on the corresponding section of the OAT.
Advanced Placement courses will be accepted if your degree-granting college has accepted the credit and if you achieved a score of 4 or 5 on the College Board Advanced Placement Test. International Baccalaureate courses will be accepted if your degree-granting college has accepted credit and you achieved a score of 5, 6, or 7 on the IB Diploma Programme Examination. Please arrange for official test scores to be sent directly from the College Board or IBO to NECO Admissions.
You can view a prerequisite evaluation in our Application Portal once you have submitted your first deposit. You will receive an email from Admissions with instructions for accessing the Portal.
Due: July 13, 2018
Yourimmunization form needs to be filled out, signed, and stamped by your doctor by Friday, July 13, 2018. Forms should be sent to Deborah Picard via mail to 424 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02115, fax to 617-587-5559, or email to email@example.com. Please also keep a copy of the form for yourself as you will need it in the future for clinics.
We encourage you to begin the process of fulfilling your immunization requirements early, as some vaccination series take a number of months to complete. Please note, however, that the Tuberculin Skin Test portion of the requirements can be completed no earlier than June 1, 2018.
International Student Visa Process
Initial documentation due: mid-July 2018
In late May/early June we will mail international students the forms, including the financial verification worksheet, required to apply for a Form I-20. There is nothing you need to do prior to receiving the forms. International students are asked as part of this process to provide proof of liquid funds of an amount sufficient to cover the first two years of study at NECO.
New Student Orientation
New student orientation will take place on September 4, 2018. Orientation attendance is mandatory for new students. Orientation is a great opportunity to register for classes, receive your NECO email account, speak with various members of the NECO staff and meet with your classmates.