New England College of Optometry was founded in 1894 as the Klein School of Optics, and is the oldest continuously operating school of Optometry in the United States. During the past century, as optometry evolved as an independent health care profession, it expanded its curriculum and clinical programs to reflect the changing demands of the public.
New England College of Optometry will continue to be a leading college of optometry in the rapidly evolving world of professional education and healthcare by:
The research NECO conduct has a direct impact on patient outcomes, changing the way clinicians examine their patients and the recommended treatment options. NECO are advancing the frontiers of optometric knowledge through research, and translating that knowledge to improve patients’ lives worldwide. The faculty researchers today promote fundamental and innovative discoveries, and their application, by investigating a wide range of ocular conditions, diseases, and treatments that help further the collective understanding of the eye.
New England College of Optometry is committed to supporting our current and former students by providing a variety of career resources, events, and services during their time at the College, as well as serving as a resource to our alumni. The Offices of Student Services and Alumni Relations maintain a series of workshops and networking events that connect current students with practicing alumni.
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New England College of Optometry is committed to helping all students have the support and resources to do their best work. Prospective and current students are encouraged to review NECO's Required Technical Standards and ADA Compliance/Accommodations Overview documents. To apply for accommodations, students should follow the steps outlined in the Student Accommodations Checklist, including sending their healthcare provider the Documentation Request form. Students seeking accommodations should apply for them at least 30 days in advance.
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 Office of Student Services manages Student Health Insurance Program and maintains resources and information on health care options and insurance. The Office of the Registrar manages all information and records regarding necessary immunizations.
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.
NECO offers students the opportunity to participate in diverse student organizations.