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Student Life

Experience the NECO Community

Community is at our core. We are comprised of over 500 students, faculty, and staff from around the US, Canada and around the world who work hard to support one another and the community at large. When you become a student here, you join a community of students who are passionate about their future profession, engaged by their studies, and ready to change lives. You join a community where dedicated students learn how to become great doctors.

Boston & NECO Campus

NECO unites Boston’s historic Back Bay location with a state of the art clinical campus on Commonwealth Avenue opening in 2017. With over 250,000 students in Boston and Cambridge alone, Boston is a great place to be a student. Boston includes world-class medical facilities and clinics in which students serve the community, as well as many parks and green spaces. Whether you love the downtown scene or prefer walks in the garden, you will find Boston has a lot to offer. 

Opportunities and Possibilities

Student life begins in the classroom and clinic, but extends far beyond these student experiences. Our students find and create opportunities to contribute to community service, advocacy efforts, scholarship, and collegiality. You will thrive in our rigorous, yet highly supportive atmosphere, creating lifelong relationships with fellow students, faculty, alumni and our institution. Whether it be traveling to Latin America to provide eye care to underserved populations or traveling to Washington DC to support new legislation for eye care, you can find opportunities to experience it all.

Lifelong Success

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At New England College of Optometry, we want to help make your experience successful during your time as a student and throughout your career. The Office of Student Services provides resources to increase the effectiveness of your study methods, assist in your housing search, and provide testing accommodations when required. We also provide career resources, events, and services to help you launch and thrive in your career.

During my 3 years at NECO, the opportunities involving community based services have been overwhelmingly abundant: a 10 day mission trip to Belize in between my first and second year, volunteering to perform screenings during the Special Olympics, as well as placements in a variety of community health centers.

Jessica Taylor, Class of 2019

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