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Thank you for your interest in New England College of Optometry. We are glad you are considering applying to the College.

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. Applicants for the ASIP and AODP specialty  programs apply directly to the College. If you have any questions, please contact

What is the application process?

  • 1
    Select a Program
  • 2

    Review Requirements, Fees, and Deadlines
  • 3

    Apply to a Program
  • 4

    Complete Supplemental Fee Payment

1. Select a program. 

Which program is right for you?  NECO offers a variety of programs for students to obtain their OD degree, a dual OD/MS or OD/PhD degrees, an Accelerated Optometric Degree for medical doctors and scientists interested in becoming optometrists, an Advanced Standing International Program for international optometrists or medical professionals, and an international MS/OD China Program.  

2. Review Requirements, Fees, and Deadlines.  

Each specific program has its own application fees, dates, and deadlines. Learn more about specific program requirements and academic program prerequisites.

3. Apply

  • Four-Year Applicants: Four-year optometric program applicants apply through the OptomCAS web application process. Using one, centralized process, applicants can enter their data through OptomCAS and utilize the system to apply to various optometric colleges. Upon submission, the Admissions Committee reviews applications against NECO admission standards. Selected candidates are invited to come to the College for an interview. Personal interviews are required for admission. Admissions decisions are finalized within three weeks of the interview.
  • Special Programs: ASIP and AODP candidates submit their applications directly to the Admissions Office. 

4. Complete Supplemental Fee Payment

In addition to the OptomCAS fee, prospective students submit a supplemental application fee to the College.  


Over the past 4 years, my NECO family has taught me to believe in myself by pushing me out of my comfort zone to help me achieve my goals. Without my NECO support system, I would have never been able to pass all of my National Boards exams, successfully defend my Master's of Science Thesis, or match with my number one residency program. Because of NECO, I will practice with passion and confidence.

-Kelsey Jordan, OD, Class of 2017