All application and required credentials/application requirements (transcripts, test scores, etc.) must be completed and received by the Office of Admissions on or before September 15 of the year preceding desired admission.
An application to the AODP has seven components:
1. AODP Application Form
You may download the form here. Please send completed applications to:
The New England College of Optometry
Attention: Audrey Burgess, Office of Admissions
424 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02115
Paper application packets may also be requested through the Office of Admissions.
2. Three Personal Essays
The AODP application contains three essay questions. Answers to these questions must be typed or printed clearly and additional separate sheets of paper need to be used for each essay. Please see the application form for details.
3. Transcripts from Each College and/or University Ever Attended
Official transcripts must be sent by the issuing institution directly to the Office of Admissions at the New England College of Optometry. All transcripts must be stamped with the school stamp or seal. Please do not send copies (original or notarized) of your transcript with the application, as we only accept originals sent directly from 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 and year), a letter must be sent with the transcripts that includes that information.
World Education Service Evaluation of Foreign Transcripts:
Any transcript(s) from a university outside of the United States or Canada will need to be evaluated by WES. A course-by-course evaluation is required. For additional information, visit www.wes.org.
Please send the Application for Evaluation of Foreign Educational Credentials to:
World Education Services
PO Box 745
Old Chelsea Station
New York, NY 10113-0745
4. Language Testing Scores
Only one language test is required, either the Test of English as a Foreign Language Scores or the International English Language Testing System Scores (TOEFL or IELTS). You must take one of the exams.
Applicants whose native language is not English may take the Internet-based TOEFL test. You must take the iBT, the Internet-based version of the exam. A total score of 88, including a 22 on the speaking section, is required. Please contact the Office of Admissions for details. Please instruct the Educational Testing Service to send official score reports to NECO.
For additional information, contact:
PO Box 6151
Princeton, NJ, 08541
The admissions committee reserves the right to require applicants to undergo further language testing and instruction as necessary.
Applicants whose native language is not English may also take the IELTS exam. A minimum total score of 6.5, including a 7 on the speaking section, is required. Please contact the Office of Admissions for details. Please instruct the IELTS to send official score reports to NECO.
For additional information, please visit the IELTS website. The admissions committee reserves the right to require applicants to undergo further language testing and instruction as necessary.
5. Two Letters of Recommendation
These letters provide important insights into each candidate as a student, employee, and person. The recommendation forms are included in the downloaded application packet. The form should be mailed by the
recommender to the Accelerated Optometry Degree Program at NECO directly, as a confidential document.
The recommendation forms should be completed by other optometrists/ophthalmologists, college/optometry school faculty, or supervisors/colleagues who are familiar with your professional work.
6. Curriculum Vitae
A detailed and typed curriculum vitae should be included with your application.
7. The Optometry Admissions Test (OAT)
The Optometry Admissions Test is required and should be taken as early as possible in the application cycle. You must elect to have your scores reported to NECO in order for us to consider your application.
Often candidates seek to re-take the OAT and must wait 90 days to do so. It is advisable to plan for a possible re-take of the OAT within the calendar of the application process.