Our Year

Driven by our mission, changing the way people see the world through optometric education, discovery, and service, New England College of Optometry (NECO) is committed to educating students to become preeminent optometrists, providing patient care, advancing clinical outcomes through research, and expanding access to optometric services.  

Throughout the 2017 Annual Report, you’ll discover how New England College of Optometry provides creative learning environments designed to prepare students for careers in optometry and the future.  You’ll learn about our partnerships and commitment to advance clinical training through emerging technologies. You’ll read about the College’s exceptional academic and financial performance, and understand why NECO is in an enviable position to seize new opportunities. 

Most importantly, you’ll gain an appreciation for the impact of our donor and alumni support that enables NECO to maintain its standard for excellence. Our challenges yield exciting opportunities; we have a longstanding legacy of moving beyond conventional optometric education, through integrating technologies, and translating it into an enriched learning environment. 


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Class Profile

Class of 2021

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In September 2017, New England College of Optometry welcomed 132 students as members of Class of 2021. The group, distinguished by its academic accomplishment and professional potential, known for their interactive and social nature, immediately embraced their academic work and extracurricular events such as the NECO Olympics and Amazing Race.

The Class of 2021 is a global community, representing 26 U.S. states, 7 Canadian provinces, and 4 countries.  Domestically, they represent Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin, and West Virginia. Internationally, members of the Class of 2021 come from Canada, China, and India.

“Our class is very tight knit.  Everyone is extremely supportive and helpful when it comes to sharing notes or study guides,” notes Sarah Sutnick, Class of 2021. “We also find the time to hang out outside of school hours to enjoy ourselves away from school work. The overall atmosphere within our class is noncompetitive and extremely encouraging, which made my transition to NECO so much easier and more enjoyable.”

Kari Chapman, Class of 2021, agrees, “My favorite part of NECO so far has been the people. Office doors are always open and professors, mentors, and preceptors have been so welcoming. Everywhere I turn, I am greeted with a smile. I am very excited for what lies ahead at NECO!”  

“The Class of 2021 brings to NECO a broad background of interdisciplinary talents including technical expertise, research experience, and service work,” notes Sandra Mohr, Interim Dean of Academic Affairs.  “This class is also well versed in the world of high-tech and how it effects their lives. They have high expectations for how new technology will impact and disrupt optometric practice.”  We look forward to watching the Class of 2021 continue to innovate and contribute to the College and the greater community.