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About NECO

Great Experiences Forge Great Doctors

Experience is everything. It’s where passion finds the passionate. Where knowledge meets impact. And where the power to change someone’s life for the better becomes realized. It’s where dedicated students learn how to become great doctors. So within a vast, purpose-built network comprised of the most diverse clinical settings in the country, we provide opportunities to experience it all. An education not for those simply looking to start a career. But an education for those looking to lead the profession. An education anchored in comprehensive clinical training, where students learn not only from a distinguished faculty, but also from the patients they serve. Giving optometry’s future leaders the confidence, skill, and knowledge to practice effectively and expertly anywhere in the world.

Experience New England College of Optometry

New England College of Optometry, NECO, prepares the next generation of eye care providers, educators, and innovators through a rigorous curriculum and extensive clinical experiences. NECO graduates compassionate and skilled optometrists prepared to practice in diverse settings.

Experience Extensive Clinical Training

At New College of Optometry, we educate students for careers in eye care delivery, research, and education. We challenge students to think creatively about vision and sight and to contribute to the future of the field. In doing so, we provide quality optometric care to more than 150,000 individuals annually and serve the community through a network of health care organizations and access to vision screenings. Our comprehensive vision centers, NECO Center for Eye Care  are part of the NECO Clinical Network,  the patient care and clinical education affiliate of the College.

skyline of Boston by Charles RiverExperience Boston and the NECO Community

New England College of Optometry is a small, independent graduate institution that currently enrolls students from 34 states and 8 countries. Our Boston location provides access to a richly innovative and active higher education and healthcare community in the Boston area. We are looking for agile, committed people to join our community to support our programs in world-class optometric education and patient care experience.

Professor and student with child on mobile vanExperience Education That Impacts Lives

Although our school is small, our impact is large. Through community partnerships such as the Boys and Girls Club of Boston, clinical rotations in our network of community health centers, and medical missions to provide eye care in other countries, our students have the opportunity to impact the health care of the communities in which they serve. We provide vision care to more than a quarter of a million people in the world each year. 

Experience Leadership and Innovation

Group of students in graduation gowns

New England College of Optometry has an active Board of Trustees that provides leadership and oversight to the College and advises the President. The President is also supported by members of the Senior Administrative Team.

Experience Lifelong Success in Optometry

For over 120 years, the New England College of Optometry has been educating optometrists. Originally founded in 1894 as the Klein School of Optics, NECO is the oldest continuously operating school of Optometry in the United States.