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Class Profiles and Statistics

The following information presents statistics about the incoming Class of 2022 for the four-year OD program and the Class of 2019 AODP and ASIP programs, as well as the most current NBEO board scores and graduate statistics for various classes.


Class Profile

Four-year OD Program: Class of 2022
Applications: 771
Acceptance Rate: 42%
Enrolled Students: 129
Mean GPA: 3.29
Mean Science GPA: 3.11
Mean OAT: AA Average OAT* = 323; TS Average OAT^ = 319
Gender: 80% Female, 20% Male
US States Represented: 23
Canadian Provinces Represented: 4
Countries Represented: United States, Canada, China

* AA Average OAT = Average Score of Academic Average OAT
^ TS Average OAT = Average Score of Total Science OAT

Interesting Facts About the Class of 2022

  • 8 students hold advanced degrees
  • The class holds citizenships from 10 countries (many dual citizenship!): Canada, China, Croatia, Ghana, Iran, Italy, Pakistan, Portugal, United Kingdom, United States 
Advanced Standing International Program: Class of 2019
Acceptance Rate: 41%
Enrolled Students: 11
Mean GPA: 3.52
Gender: 73% Female, 27% Male
Countries: Australia, Canada, India, Iran, Jamaica, Nigeria, United Kingdom, USA
Accelerated Optometric Degree Program: Class of 2019
Acceptance Rate: 60%
Enrolled Students: 6
Mean GPA: 3.33
Gender: 67% Female, 33% Male
Highest Degree: 67% PhD, 33% MD
Countries: China, Vietnam, USA

 

NBEO: National Board of Examiners in Optometry

New England College of Optometry is committed to preparing students to practice expertly and efficiently anywhere in the world.  This includes preparing our students be certified for licensure through the National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO).  Below, find NBEO pass rates for NECO and the National Pass Rate. Numbers presented in the pass rates for Parts 1 - 3 represent first-time test takers only.  ASCO (the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry) now publishes an institutional yearly performance report for schools and colleges of optometry which includes pass rates for the NBEO.  ASCO notes, “All pass rates are calculated using only candidates who have graduated during the listed time frame, and attempted all three parts at least once. First Timer pass rates are the percentage of the above-referenced candidate group that passed the examination on their first attempt. Ultimate pass rate is the percentage of the above-referenced candidate group that passed all three exams.”  


NBEO Pass Rate Reports

NBEO Pass Rate Part 1: Applied Basic Science 

Graduation Year NECO First-Time Pass Rate National Pass Rate
2017 84.44% 79.04%
2016 82.58% 78%
2015 84.26% 76.9%

NBEO Pass Rate Part 2: Patient Assessment and Management (PAM)

Graduation Year NECO First-Time Pass Rate National Pass Rate
2017 90.37% 89.33%
2016 85.25% 87.6%
2015 88.03% 88.2%

NBEO Pass Rate Part 3: Clinical Skills Exam (CSE)

Graduation Year NECO First-Time Pass Rate National Pass Rate
2017 77.78% 81.26%
2016 79.51% 83.7%
2015 89.47% 85.9%

NBEO Ultimate Pass Rates

Graduation Year NECO Pass Rate National Pass Rate
2017 90.37% 90.75%
2016 79.51% 83.78%
2015 88.6% 84.9%

For more information about NBEO Examination, visit www.optometry.org.


Rankings for Schools and Colleges of Optometry

There are no official rankings for schools and colleges of optometry. Learn more about the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry, ASCO, and their statement on rankings.


Four-Year OD Program Information

Graduate Statistics 

Academic Year 10-11 11-12 12-13 13-14 14-15 15-16 16-17
Number of NECO graduates
matched for
residency programs
30 41 40 40 32 31 40
Retention rates
first-to-second year
96.7% 96.6% 96.6% 100% 97.7% 93.3% 91.7%
Percentage of graduates
who receive degree
within 6 years
100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 99% 99%