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Undergrad Profile

You belong here.

At New England College, we have a knack for opening our arms to interesting people from all over the world. Here you get to be the person you are meant to be. NEC is a small, private, nonprofit college located in the heart of Henniker, New Hampshire, and 15 minutes from Concord, the state’s capital. We’re 90 minutes from Boston and four hours from New York City and Montreal.

Learning by doing
Since 1946, New England College has emphasized a hands-on, student-centered approach to education, fea- turing small classes, faculty focused on teaching, innovative learning opportunities such as special immersive courses and internships, and travel programs. We’re dedicated to providing an extraordinary education by preparing students in a manner that is robust, thorough, and engaging. We call it “experiential learning,” or learning by doing. Whether it be a class in business, education, biology, or political science, New England College faculty incorporate hands-on learning activities and real-world exposure across every major and every course.

Your New England College experience is built on a foundation of the liberal arts. By studying the liberal arts, you’ll develop strong critical-thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills—skills employers value most.

The College’s most popular majors include education, business, criminal justice, psychology, environmental science, biology, kinesiology, and sport and recreation management. Our highly regarded education programs prepare you to become a teacher and educational leader. Choose from among several options, including teacher certification, elementary education, secondary education, and outdoor education. Our biology and environmental programs take advantage of our location in an environmentally diverse area. We also offer an accelerated 3+1 bachelor’s and master’s program. Regardless of your major, you’ll be involved directly in roll-up-your-sleeves learning and doing.

An extremely active campus
New England College features over 30 student organizations and offers 17 varsity sports. We’re a Division III school, and over 50% of students participate in either a varsity or club-level sport. Student organizations are widely diverse. Join the outdoor-oriented Adventure Bound Club, the Dance Club, the Carriage Theater Ensemble, the Health Science Club, or the Student Entertainment Committee. The possibilities are unlimited—you can even start your own student group.

We’re close to the environment and the outdoors. Our backyard is a beautiful laboratory of mountains, meadows, woods, and bogs. We even have a high and low ropes course right on campus! It’s perfect for anyone who loves being outdoors or is interested in the natural sciences or outdoor education.

In 2016, New England College will once again host its College Convention to coincide with the first-in-the-nation presidential primary here in New Hampshire. College students from across the country will converge in Concord, the state’s capital, for one week of political “conventioneering”—visits from presidential candidates, interviews with campaign staff, focus groups with members of the media, and up-close-and-personal access to leading political experts in the country. Be part of the action.

The New England College experience is all about you. Through our Pathways Academic Services, we offer resources designed to maximize your success. We provide advising and mentoring services, career counseling, and tutoring. Our resources are intended to expand your understanding and help you reach—and go beyond—your potential.

New England College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. The Teacher Certification Programs (and the majors in elementary education, physical education, secondary education, theatre education, and special education) are approved by the New Hampshire Department of Education.

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Make New England College your laboratory, your studio, your stage, and your home. You belong here! Apply now—


• 1,000 undergraduates
• 600 graduate and 800 online students
• Students from 27 states and more than 16 countries
• 51% men and 49% women
• 6% international enrollment
• 34% diversity enrollment

• 45 full-time faculty
• Average class size: 16
• 12:1 student-faculty ratio
• Personal attention

School Facts
• 93% job and graduate school placement in first year
• 100% job placement for education majors over the last eight years
• Study Away (domestic and international)—no extra cost
• Honors Program
• Internships and prac-ticum experiences

Campus Life
• Housing guaranteed for four years
• 70% living on campus
• Traditional residence halls, suites, and apartments
• Radio Station (WNEC)
New Englander (campus newspaper)
• Carriage Theatre Ensemble and Main Stage Theatre
• John Lyons Center (academic building) opening fall 2016

• NCAA Division III, NAC

Men’s Teams
• Baseball
• Basketball
• Cross-country
• Ice Hockey
• Lacrosse
• Rugby (NCRSO)
• Skiing
• Soccer
• Track (outdoor/indoor)

Women’s Teams
• Basketball
• Cross-country
• Field Hockey
• Ice Hockey
• Lacrosse
• Rugby (competitive club sport)
• Skiing
• Soccer
• Softball
• Track (outdoor/indoor)

Financial Aid
Scholarships and need-based financial aid offered to 96% of students; merit aid ranging from $7,000–$22,000 per year


Arts & Humanities
• Communication Studies
• Creative Writing
• Criminal Justice
• Fine Art
• History
• Media Art
• Philosophy & Literature
• Political Science
• Theater
• Women & Gender Studies*

• Accounting
• Business—Accounting
• Business—Marketing
• Business—Strategic Sales Management
• Business Administration
• Sport & Recreation Management

• Coaching*
• Educational Communities
• Elementary Education, K-8
• Kinesiology
• Outdoor Education
• Physical Education, K-12
• Secondary Education: English, 5-12
• Secondary Education: Life Sciences (Bio), 5-12
• Secondary Education: Social Studies, 5-12
• Special Education, K-12
• Theatre, K-12

Natural & Social Sciences
• Biology
• Environmental Science
• Environmental Studies & Sustainability
• Health Science
• Pre-engineering
• Psychology
• Psychology—Human Services
* Minor