Contact Us

Admissions Process

If you meet the academic requirements for admission to The New England College of Optometry and are applying to the 4-year Doctor of Optometry Program, you may apply online through OptomCAS centralized application at www.optomcas.org.  Early applications are encouraged. Candidates should apply as soon as possible after July 1st for the following academic year. Application deadline is March 15th and the OAT deadline is March 31st.  If you are looking to pay your supplemental application fee of $65.00, you may do so here:

https://www.neco.edu/admissions/application/payment.html

The Admissions Committee will carefully review your application and you will be invited for an interview or advised that you do not meet our admissions standards. Personal interviews are required.  You will be informed of the Admissions Committee decision within three weeks following your interview. Upon acceptance, the College requests that you send a deposit of $1000 (US) to the Admissions Office within the next 15 days.  Of this deposit, $500 will be made available for refund before March 31st in the event that you are unable to attend. 

To begin, choose the program you want to apply to:

Four year Doctor of Optometry program (OD) More Info Accelerated Doctor of Optometry program (AODP) More Info Advanced Standing International Program (ASIP) More Info Master of Science in Vision Science - dual MS and OD degrees (OD/MS) More Info Master of Science in Vision Science - stand-alone MS (MS in Vision Science) More Info
View OD Application Instructions View AODP Application Instructions View ASIP Application Instructions View OD/MS Application Instructions View MS Application Instructions

 

The New England College of Optometry is accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) of the American Optometric Association and by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) of the New England Association of Schools & Colleges, Inc. Both ACOE and CIHE and their respective associations are recognized by the Council of Post-Secondary Accreditation.

educational-programs/GraduatePrograms.html


Four-Year OD Program Application Instructions

Our application process has changed from last year so please read the following instructions carefully.

  • Completed application form: You will need to create an account with OptomCAS  through www.optomcas.org to complete the application. The application should be filed after July 1st of the year preceding your desired matriculation date. The application form along with all required materials must be received by us no later than March 15th
     
  • Your online application will consist of 7 sections. Please follow the directions on each page carefully. The 7 sections include: 
    1. Student Personal Information
    2. Activities and Work Experience
    3. Academic History
    4. Essay 
    5. Letters of Recommendation
    6. School Designations
    7. Supplemental Application
  • Optional questions are for statistical purposes only, and are not factors in the acceptance decision.
  • Personal Statement Essay: Describe what inspires your decision for becoming an optometrist, including your preparation for training in this profession, your aptitude and motivation, the basis for your interest in optometry, and your future career goals. Your essay should be limited to 4500 characters.
  • Supplemental Application: After you submit your application through OptomCAS, a link will be provided to direct you to our supplemental application.  These additional questions must be submitted in order to complete your file.  The following questions are on your supplemental application:

Are you a new applicant or re-applicant?

If there are any extenuating circumstances for which you want to explain your poor academic performance, please elaborate.

Indicate the sources which had an influence on your decision to apply to the New England College of Optometry.

Which other schools are you applying to?

  • Application Fee: There is a non-refundable centralized application fee of $125.00 (plus $45 for each additional school).  An additional non-refundable supplemental application fee of $65 will be due to NECO in order to process your application. The fee can be paid either by credit card on our website at the following link:  http://neco.edu//admissions/application/payment.html or by sending a check or money order to:

The New England College of Optometry
Attn: Admissions Department
424 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02115  

Your application will not be processed until we receive your application fee. Please note that there is a $25.00 service charge for N.S.F. checks and a $50.00 fee for checks that are not drawn on a U.S. bank.

  • Transcripts: Please request an official transcript from each college or university you attended.  All transcripts must be originals issued directly from the institution and must be stamped with the school's stamp or seal.  Copies of transcripts or transcripts not sealed with an official stamp or signature across the flap will not be accepted.  OPTOMCAS will not accept transcripts issued to students.  They must be mailed directly from your registrar's office.  All transcripts must be mailed to:

OPTOMCAS
PO Box 9119
Watertown, MA 02471 

  • Some Advanced Placement (AP) credits may be accepted to satisfy prerequisites. If you plan to use AP credits please send an AP College Board report directly to The New England College of Optometry. Only scores of 4 or 5 will be eligible to fulfill a prerequisite.
  • Recommendations: Please collect at least 3 letters of recommendation, 2 from faculty members familiar with your work and 1 from an optometrist you have shadowed. If a recommendation is written by a health professions advisory committee, only one comprehensive summary of your academic evaluation is necessary to fulfill the faculty letters requirement. The recommender must provide an original letter on their stationary. Personal recommendations are not required, but may be submitted in support of your application. You may submit up to two personal recommendation letters.  All recommendation letters must be mailed/emailed to OPTOMCAS in order to complete your file.
  • The Optometry Admissions Test (OAT): The OAT is required and should be taken as soon as possible. Please indicate in the space provided in the application the date that you took or will take the test.  If the test has been taken, enter your scores in the correct boxes.  All scores will be verified with ASCO.
  • TOEFL: The TOEFL test is only for applicants who completed their degree at a non-US institution. TOEFL results are not required for students who have their bachelors from a US institution. Canadian students who have graduated from a Canadian high school where English is the teaching language will also be exempt from TOEFL.
  • WES Evaluation: Any transcript(s) from a University outside of US or Canada will need to be evaluated by WES . A course by course evaluation will be required and there is an additional fee $160 due to WES.  Please note this fee is subject to change.  Visit www.wes.org for more information.

 


AODP Application Instructions

When to Apply

Applications are accepted throughout the year. The Admissions Committee at the College recommends that applications be completed as soon as possible after August 1, prior to March entry. The Admissions Committee reviews applications as soon as they become complete.  All applicants must download the application form from the website (www.neco.edu) or use the application (paper or attachment) sent by the Admissions Office (admissions@neco.edu).  DO NOT use the on-line centralized application for this program.

How to Apply

Here is a checklist of required items we need from you in order to consider your application complete. Please read and follow the below instructions carefully to ensure that your application is complete and given full consideration.

Completed application form. Choose one of the following two methods:

  1. Download and print a paper application packet and mail back to us.
  2. Contact the Office of Student Admissions at 1-800-824-5526 or admissions@neco.edu and request a paper packet by mail.

Applicants must complete 3 Personal/Essay Statements

  • OFFICIAL Transcripts from each College and University ever attended. Official transcripts must be sent by the issuing institution directly to the Admissions Office at the New England College of Optometry. All transcripts must be stamped with the school stamp or seal. DO NOT send copies (original or notarized) of your transcript with the application as we only accept originals sent directly from the institutions.

    If your transcripts do not include the NAME of the degree received, dates of attendance and the date that the degree was awarded (month, day & year), a letter must be sent with the transcripts to indicate that information.
  • Optometry Admissions Test scores
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) results.Applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A total score of 88 including a 22 on the Speaking section is required.  Please instruct the Educational Testing Service to send official score reports to the college. For additional information with regard to testing sites, dates, etc., write TOEFL Services, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, New Jersey 08541 USA or check the Web site at Http://www.ets.org/toefl. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to require applicants to undergo further language testing and instruction if deemed necessary. The internet (iBT) TOEFL test is required.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): A minimum total score of 6.5 with a minimum score of 7 on the speaking section is required.
  • World Education Service (WES) evaluation of foreign transcripts. A course-by-course evaluation is required. www.wes.org
  • Two (2) Letters of recommendation - Form is included in the download above or paper application.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Non-refundable $75.00 fee. Payment may be paid by Credit Card, money order or personal check.
  • Continue to thepayment options page for more information or to by credit card.

IMPORTANT DATES, DEADLINES, and INFORMATION:

  • ALL materials and test scores indicated above must be received by the Admissions Office no later than October 15th prior to the year of anticipated matriculation.
  • Interviews are required and must be concluded by October 31st.
  • Review of applications is limited to applicants whose applications are complete and who have been interviewed by October 31st.
  • Final decisions for acceptance are November 15 for classes starting in March of the following year.
  • The program begins each year in early March. Contact the Admissions Office for additional information at admissions@neco.edu, or call 617/236-6204 or 1-800-824-5526.

 

OD/MS Application Instructions

Note for Applicants to the MS in Vision Science program:

Use the same paper application packet to apply to the stand-alone MS program. Be sure to check "MS Only" at the top right of page MS-1 of the application.

When to Apply

Students currently enrolled in the OD program who wish to be considered for the dual degree may apply before January 1 of their first year of study.

How to Apply

Here is a checklist of required items we need from you in order to consider your application complete. Please read and follow the below instructions carefully to ensure that your application is complete and given full consideration.

  • Completed application form. There is currently no online application process for MS/OD applicants. Choose one of the following two ways:
    1. Download and print a paper application packet and mail back to us. Be sure to check the appropriate program at the top right of page MS-1 of the application.
    2. Contact the Office of Student Admissions at 1-800-824-5526 or admissions@neco.edu and request a paper packet by mail.
  • Applicant's Personal Statement Essay (included in application packet).
    The essay is an important component of your application and is to be submitted with your completed application form. Please describe your interest in the MS program. Include your name, social security number and signature.
  • OFFICIAL Transcripts from each High School, College and University ever attended. Official transcripts must be sent by the issuing institution directly to the Admissions Office at the New England College of Optometry. All transcripts must be stamped with the school stamp or seal. DO NOT send copies (original or notarized) of your transcript with the application as we only accept originals sent directly from the institutions.

    If your transcripts do not include the NAME of the degree received, dates of attendance and the date that the degree was awarded (month, day & year), a letter must be sent with the transcripts to indicate that information.
  • Results of the Optometry Admission Test (OAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) (more information...) Applicants to the stand-alone MS program need only submit GRE results.
  • Names and contact information for 3 references who can attest to the applicant's analytical or research skills.
  • Professional degree transcripts, if appropriate.
  • Non-refundable $75.00 fee. (MS stand alone program applicants only!) If you've already paid the fee to enter our OD4 program, this does not apply to you. Otherwise, continue to the payment options page for more information or to pay by credit card.

Admission Requirements for Current OD Students:

Students currently enrolled in the OD program who wish to be considered for the dual degree may apply before January 1 of their first year of study.

Procedures and requirements for entering the dual program:

  • Complete the Laboratory Research Survey course,
  • Obtain sponsorship by a member of the graduate faculty,
  • Complete the MS program application,
  • Submit an application to the Graduate Studies Committee.

OD/MS Application Instructions

Note for Applicants to the MS in Vision Science program:

Use the same paper application packet to apply to the stand-alone MS program. Be sure to check "MS Only" at the top right of page MS-1 of the application.

When to Apply

Students currently enrolled in the OD program who wish to be considered for the dual degree may apply before January 1 of their first year of study.

How to Apply

Here is a checklist of required items we need from you in order to consider your application complete. Please read and follow the below instructions carefully to ensure that your application is complete and given full consideration.

  • Completed application form. There is currently no online application process for MS/OD applicants. Choose one of the following two ways:
    1. Download and print a paper application packet and mail back to us. Be sure to check the appropriate program at the top right of page MS-1 of the application.
    2. Contact the Office of Student Admissions at 1-800-824-5526 or admissions@neco.edu and request a paper packet by mail.
  • Applicant's Personal Statement Essay (included in application packet).
    The essay is an important component of your application and is to be submitted with your completed application form. Please describe your interest in the MS program. Include your name, social security number and signature.
  • OFFICIAL Transcripts from each High School, College and University ever attended. Official transcripts must be sent by the issuing institution directly to the Admissions Office at the New England College of Optometry. All transcripts must be stamped with the school stamp or seal. DO NOT send copies (original or notarized) of your transcript with the application as we only accept originals sent directly from the institutions.

    If your transcripts do not include the NAME of the degree received, dates of attendance and the date that the degree was awarded (month, day & year), a letter must be sent with the transcripts to indicate that information.

If your transcripts are not from the United States or Canada you must obtain a course by course WES evaluation.  You can get more information at www.wes.org

  • Results of the Optometry Admission Test (OAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) (more information...) Applicants to the stand-alone MS program need only submit GRE results.
  • Names and contact information for 3 references who can attest to the applicant's analytical or research skills.
  • Professional degree transcripts, if appropriate.
  • Non-refundable $75.00 fee. (MS stand alone program applicants only!) If you've already paid the fee to enter our OD4 program, this does not apply to you. Otherwise, continue to the payment options page for more information or to pay by credit card.

Admission Requirements for Current OD Students:

Students currently enrolled in the OD program who wish to be considered for the dual degree may apply before January 1 of their first year of study.

Procedures and requirements for entering the dual program:

  • Complete the Laboratory Research Survey course,
  • Obtain sponsorship by a member of the graduate faculty,
  • Complete the MS program application,
  • Submit an application to the Graduate Studies Committee.


Office of Student Admissions
Director of Admissions: Taline Farra, O.D., M.Sc.
Admissions Coordinator: Audrey Burgess
Recruitment Coordinator: Patricia Wilkinson
Operations Manager: Joseph Hurstak
Telephone: 1-800-824-5526
Fax: 617-587-5550
Email: admissions@neco.edu