The New England College of Optometry and  Stonehill College have have arranged for the preferred admission of qualified Stonehill students to the Doctor of Optometry (OD) Program at the New England College of Optometry


  • Early admission
  • Supplemental application fees waived
  • A 3+4 pathway in which Stonehill students spend three years at Stonehill and then four years at New England College of Optometry with credits earned at the successful completion of the first year of optometry school transferring back to Stonehill to satisfy final graduation requirements


  • Third-year students (juniors) who have completed at least 3 years of coursework
  • Minimum overall cumulative GPA of 3.30 and minimum science/math GPA of 3.10 at the time of matriculation at NECO
  • Receive a 320 or above for the Academic Average on the Optometry Admission Test (OAT) with no OAT sub-score below 290
  • Demonstrate strong commitment to the field of optometry through a shadowing experience with a practicing optometrist

Stonehill Course Requirements

  • 2 semesters of English (any course with the prefix ENG)
  • 2 semesters of Biology with Lab (BIO 101, BIO 102)
  • 2 semesters of Chemistry with Lab (CHM 113, CHM 232)
  • 2 semesters of Physics with Lab (PHY 101, PHY 102)
  • 1 semester of Organic Chemistry with Lab (CHM 221)
  • 1 semester of Biochemistry (BCH 343)
  • 1 semester of Microbiology (BIO 309)
  • 1 semester of Mathematics (MTH 125)
  • 1 semester of Statistics (BUS 206, ECO 241, HIS 425, MTH 145, MTH 207, POL 310, or PSY 261)
  • 1 semester of Psychology (PSY 101)

Application Process

  1. Apply online
  2. Letters of Recommendations
  3. Official Transcripts
  4. OAT Score Report


New England College of Optometry
Christina LaChance, Associate Director of Admissions

Andrew Leahy, advisor, Pre-Health Professions