What will I learn?

The Pre-Optometry program offered by the College of Arts and Sciences is an accelerated track of the Health Sciences major that provides an opportunity for qualified students to prepare for early admission to the New England College of Optometry (NECO) in Boston through our articulation agreement. In addition, students who successfully complete their first year at NECO will have the option of receiving a B.S. in Health Sciences from Western New England University (WNE).

To successfully satisfy the requirements of the Western New England University Pre-Optometry program, a student must:

Complete the required 101 credits within three academic years as listed below for each fall and spring semester.
Transfer in no credits (including AP credits) of science coursework completed prior to matriculation at Western New England University and, following matriculation, transfer in no credits for any science or mathematics courses satisfying a requirement for the Pre-Optometry program.
Maintain a sufficiently high GPA for all Pre-Optometry course work with no grade in any course less than a “C”. (See below for the specific GPA requirements for NECO.)

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (79 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$35,454.00 per year
The above tuition fee is based on 12-18 credit hours per term

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

31 August 2020, 19 January 2021

Venue

College of Arts and Sciences

1215 Wilbraham Road,

SPRINGFIELD,

Massachusetts,

01119, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students admitted as regular, degree-seeking candidates must have graduated from an approved secondary school (high school) or have obtained a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) by the time of their matriculation.

For international students

Students admitted as regular, degree-seeking candidates must have graduated from an approved secondary school (high school) or have obtained a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) by the time of their matriculation.

Undergraduate students can use any of the following standardized tests to meet our English language requirement:

TOEFL - 79 IBT

IELTS - 6

PTE Academic - 53

STEP Eiken - Pre-1

iTEP – 4

Admission is on rolling basis.

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There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About this uni

The WNE campus is spread across a spectacular 215-acre area and was voted number 11 on a list of the 30 most beautiful campuses to visit in the fall.

  • 90% of graduates are in jobs or further study
  • WNE University has over 70 clubs and groups for students
  • WNE boasts a 4,500-seat multipurpose, outdoor sports stadium
  • USD 90 million has been invested in new campus facilities