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New England College Of Optometry
New England College Of Optometry
  • Year founded: 1894
  • ENROLLED TOTAL: 135
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New England College Of Optometry
Optometry School
Boston
  • SDN RANKING 3
  • INTERVIEW FEEDBACK 3 46 Responses
  • SCHOOL REVIEWS 1 0 Responses

Overview

Overview

School Stats

  • Resident Tuition $39,445
  • Non - Resident Tuition $39,445
  • Application Fee $65
  • AVG OAT 320
  • AVG GPA 3.3

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Admissions Information

  • Office of Admissions
  • 424 Beacon Street
  • Boston 02115
  • United States

School Overview

School Info

Located in the Back Bay area of Boston, the New England College of Optometry is a professional graduate institution educating students in the discipline of optometry. NECO provides a four-year post-baccalaureate professional curriculum taught by more than 40 full-time and 100 part-time and adjunct faculty. The College aims to give its students a broad and sound training in the science of optometry, a thorough training in the practice of optometry, to uplift the science of optometry to the highest standard, and to make useful, practical and successful optometrists.

Curriculum

The new curriculum has increased student clinical experiences and implemented screenings into the first semester. At the very beginning of your first semester, you will assist upperclassmen in vision screenings at Head Start programs and elementary schools. After passing the first credentialing exam of the fall semester, you will begin conducting these screenings more independently. This is a wonderful opportunity to practice the entrance tests you've learned and start establishing yourself as a clinician. The number of assigned screenings increases in your second semester. Clerkship assignments begin the fall of your second year; at this point you will work directly with optometrists in a variety of settings (neighborhood clinics, medical centers, private practices, hospitals). Clinic assignments start the summer following your second year and continue throughout the remainder of the 4 year program.

Facilities

Located in the historic Back Bay section of Boston, Massachusetts, The New England College of Optometry resides in a restored, Italian Renaissance styled residence built in 1894. The College has serene views of the Charles River and is only a few blocks from the shopping and culturally influenced Newbury Street and historic Fenway Park. This historic mansion includes 3 contemporary lecture halls, a pre-clinic with cutting edge equipment and a library which houses several special collections. The library is also home to the Marco Center for Instructional Technology, a state of the art instructional facility and is wired for laptop and Internet use.

Interview Feedback

Interview Feedback

Results Overview

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 41
Negatively 1
No change 3

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
3.14 43

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
8.54 46

0 = low, 10 = high

Select Questions & Recent Responses

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Keep doing what you're doing!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Get more enthusiastic student tour guides! My tour guides were drinking coffees, leaning against walls, and half-heartedly answering questions. They seemed bored!" More from this Member | Report Response

"An e-mail confirmation after the interview was scheduled would have been nice." More from this Member | Report Response

"1. Email confirmations for scheduled interview. 2. PLEASE take out the lecture given before the clinic tour. At that point I had already been at the school for over 5 hours. Going through a slideshow of optometric equipment was unproductive and not fun at all." More from this Member | Report Response

"None! They promptly notify you what portions are missing from your application and are more than happy to assist any one that has concerns with the application at the end of the interview day." More from this Member | Report Response

"The admissions office made alot of mistakes when figuring out which documents/classes were still required. They could be a little more careful with this, but otherwise everything else was great! Overall it was a very organized interview process with super friendly faculty/staff" More from this Member | Report Response

"Email confirmations for the interview date after scheduling over phone." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing. The interview was very well-organized!" More from this Member | Report Response

"... they did a great job overall. The Admission's staff did a great job for their 1st interview sess" More from this Member | Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"Tell me more about your high school experience (I graduated 2 years early)" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"How do you handle different stressors in life and balance all of your responsibilities?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why did you choose the undergraduate school you did?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"How did you prepare for the OAT?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why NECO?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What do you know about NECO?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What made you decide optometry?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What was your most difficult undergraduate course?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What was a time in your life that you failed?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why Optometry? Why NECO?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Tell me about yourself. (There was an interview with a faculty member that was one-on-one and another interview that was completely closed file, with a current student from the school) Also, Why NECO?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What is the hardest class you took at your undergraduate university, and why was it hard?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why are you interested in optometry?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"If I had to speak to the admissions committee after this interview, what would you like me to tell them about you? How should I describe you?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What about optometry school do you think will be most challenging for you?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What are strengths vs weaknesses?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why NECO/optometry" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why optometry and what lead you to this decision?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Strengths and weaknesses" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What research experience do you have" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"About my research experience" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why do you want to go into optometry? What do you hope to get out of optometry school?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why Optometry and why NECO?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What do you consider your worst moment in the past 5 years?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Greatest success and failure in the past year?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What other optometry schools did you apply to?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"How was your experience at Albany?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What did you learn from you previous work experiences that you can apply to optometry?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Tell me about yourself." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"How will you adapt to being an optometry student? How do you fit in with NECO? What are your strengths? ( Give examples to be more interesting. They do not usually ask you to elaborate.) How will you contribute to NECO?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why optometry?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Describe your time management skills." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What is a major challenge you have had and how did you deal with it (with either a good or bad outcome)?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why Optometry" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What important qualities do you think and Optometrist should have?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"How did you get interested in optometry?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What was your least favorite course, and how did you manage to get through it?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"What were specific aspects of other optometry schools that you found to be beneficial in your mind?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What about optometry excites you?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"How will I transition to a class size of 130?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"what motivates you?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What does your mom think about you meeting someone in Boston and staying here?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"How do you feel that you have the resiliency for Optometry School? What was a time that you had to overcome?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Asked me about one of my job experiences and gave me a "What if" scenario and wanted to know my thoughts "out of curiosity"" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Tell me why should we accept you? What can you bring to this school?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Which other schools are you applying to, and why? (The interviewer then went through each school and mentioned something negative about them)" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What are your future goals?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Was there a time that you got easily frustrated?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What is your favorite kind of tea?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What frusterates you?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"what is one thing you want me to remember from this interview?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Most were pretty standard" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"talk about a situation where you went above and beyond what was asked of you." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"If I were to use one word to describe you in front of the panel, what would that word be?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"A question about my personal statement" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"none" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"In three minutes, give me .... you?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What would you improve about yourself?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"The questions were all general interview questions. Nothing was particularily difficult or interesting." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"if you had to choose a super power, and your choice was either to fly or be invisible, what would you choose and why? And if you had a patient scheduled for 9, 9:15, 9:30.. and your 9 and 9:15 both showed up late at 9:30, and you 9:30 was on time, but you also had an emergency patient show up at 9:30.. what would you do? " More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"If you could have any superpower, would you like to fly or be invisible?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Most questions were typical. Why optometry, what's the scope of your experience, how did you get through your most difficult class?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Nothing out of the ordinary. Most of their questions are off a standard list and they won't ask things if you've already covered it in your application." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"All were basic/simple" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"I was suprised to hear you crochet hats?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"I was asked about what I do to keep balanced. They noticed that I usually had taken a pilates or yoga class and said that it was important to exercise and remember to take care of myself. I thought that this was a great sign that each student is seen as an individual with unique needs to balance." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

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School Reviews

School Reviews

Results Overview

Overall, how satisfied are you with this program?

Response Avg # Responders
2.00 1

0 = Terrible, 10 = World Class

What do you like most?

"Teachers and preceptors were always willing to teach." | Report Response

What do you like least?

"Poor management and leadership. Often felt like the schools bottom line was more important than student's education. They had COVID outbreaks at health centers which students were required to go to but refused to tell the students the risks of turning up. Outdated course material. During COVID they decided to use recordings which were over 5 years old instead of hosting live zoom lectures." | Report Response

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