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Our Campus

New England College of Optometry is located in the historic Back Bay neighborhood in downtown Boston.

Our main campus is located at 424 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02115 in Boston's Back Bay near the Charles River. The NECO Clinical Training Center is located nearby at 930 Commonwealth Avenue.  One of our flagship clinic locations, NECO Center for Eye Care, is also located at 930 Commonwealth Avenue. The other location is in Roslindale, another neighborhood of Boston.  A shuttle runs periodically during the weekdays from our 424 Beacon Street Campus to the CTC and NECO Center for Eye Care Commonwealth.

Aerial view of College building

424 Beacon Street Campus

The Beacon Street Campus includes classrooms and teaching laboratories for the vast majority of courses, and offices for the faculty and administration. Laboratories for the vision research program, the Myopia Research Center and the Children's Vision Laboratory are on this campus as well. 

The New England College of Optometry Library consists of two floors. The grand upper floor includes the Soltes Room, a study room, and an alcove. The bottom floor includes a vibrant collection of print and digital materials, loaner iPads and laptops, study rooms, and tech services. The library has developed an impressive collection that chronicles the history of optometry and related fields, while providing an extensive knowledge base covering relevant up-to-date developments and trends. These topics can be found in a collection of more than 11,000 volumes and over 200 journals on vision, optometry and related topics. Students also have access to a variety of databases, including Medline, eJournals and an online catalog. The Library is networked for wireless access.

NECO Clinical Training Center

NECO Clinical Training Center

The NECO Clinical Training Center (CTC) is a state-of-the-art student training facility, designed to provide students and faculty access to the latest technology to best prepare them for clinical practice in any location and setting.

NECO Clinical Training Center Highlights:

  • Two full teaching labs for optimal instruction
  • 20 Exam Lanes for student training and practice
  • Fully Equipped Lanes with phoropters, slit lamps, visual acuity systems, trial lenses, trial frames, and BIO lenses
  • Digital and Traditional Phoropters to experience both systems for refraction
  • Four Special Testing Environment Lanes for up-and-coming technology
  • Slit Lamps with Imaging Systems to provide instant feedback
NECO Center for Eye Care

NECO Center for Eye Care

The New England College of Optometry (NECO) Center for Eye Care includes our two flagship comprehensive vision centers, owned and operated by the College. 

NECO Center for Eye Care Commonwealth is located on Commonwealth Ave, a mile from the main campus. The Commonwealth location includes a newly renovated flagship clinic and dispensary, a clinical annex with rehabilitative vision services, and will house clinical research, and our state-of-the-art clinical training facility for students when our Clinical Campus is complete.

NECO Center for Eye Care Roslindale is located on Washington Street in Roslindale, a neighborhood of Boston. These teaching facilities provides a complete range of eye care services including comprehensive exams, contact lens services, low vision care, pediatric care, vision therapy, and refractive surgery evaluations. Students gain clinical experience as part of their professional training. 

In addition to our primary campus location at 424 Beacon Street and our clinic locations 930 Commonwealth Avenue and 4199 Washington Street in Boston, our students also have the opportunity to participate in clinical placements throughout the Boston area.  In this way the Greater Boston area is a part of our campus as students do placements in the NECO Clinical Network. During their fourth year, students participate in rotations in the Boston area, throughout the US, and in international locations in Canada, China, and the United Kingdom. 

NECO Clinical Network

The NECO Clinical Network is the patient care and clinical education subsidiary of the New England College of Optometry, established in 1973. In addition to our two comprehensive vision centers at Commonwealth and Roslindale, the NECO Clinical Network includes specialized locations for individuals with disabilities (such as New England Eye SEMA), and a series of clinical affiliates and community partnerships. With access to more than 150 clinics and 200 schools in the greater Boston area and beyond, students do clinical work in a variety of different settings in the different communities/neighborhoods of Boston, private practices, over 45 community health centers, eye clinics, hospitals, specialized clinics, and school-based programs. Our optometrists and students make a difference in the community, as well as in the lives of individuals with disabilities, older adults, homeless, and children from varied cultures and backgrounds. View the network.

With access to more than 150 clinics and 200 schools in the greater Boston area and beyond, students do clinical work in a variety of different settings in the different communities/neighborhoods of Boston, private practices, community health centers, eye clinics, and the NECO Clinical Network.

Boston and Beyond

During their final year, our students participate in rotations through the NECO Clinical Network as well as additional externship programs around the country and around the world in Canada, China, and the United Kingdom.  These include opportunities at Community Health Centers, VA Hospital Programs, Specialty Care Locations, Hospitals, Specialty Contact Lens locations, Academic Medical Centers, Army Health Clinics, Canadian Eye Clinics, Indian Health Services, Group Practices, Naval Health Clinics, and Private Optometry Practices.