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1894 Klein School of Optics established by August Klein

1900 The curriculum is expanded to one year

1901The Klein School becomes the Massachusetts School of Optometry

1909 A formal two-year program is offered to students

1933 The first external clinic at the Harry E. Burroughs Newsboys Foundation Medical Clinic

1946 The School is granted a non-profit charter with the right to confer professional degrees

1947 The School is accredited by the American Optometric Association

1948 The School acquires and moves to a new location at 178 Newbury Street

1950 The School becomes the Massachusetts College of Optometry

1968 The College becomes the first optometry school to affiliate with a U.S. public health hospital

1971 The College purchases the Beacon Street buildings, which become its permanent home

1972 The College begins its affiliations with Boston’s neighborhood health centers

1975 The College becomes the first to certify optometrists in the use of diagnostic pharmaceutical agents

1976 The College is renamed The New England College of Optometry

1985 The Second Century Capital Campaign is born and eventually raises $2 million for the College

1992 Twin College Agreement with Wenzhou Medical College in China is signed

1994 Center for the International Advancement of Optometry is established

1994 Centennial Gala is held at the Museum of Fine Arts

1995 First federal research grant received; Myopia Research Center established

1998 Gala to honor Hyman Kamens' fifty years of service

1999 Renovations to the Beacon Street campus are completed, and numerous local and national awards for outstanding preservation of historic buildings are won

2000 The College hosts Eighth International Conference on Myopia

2002 A new clinical teaching affiliate, New England Eye Institute, Inc., is established

2009 The College celebrates its 115th Anniversary

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