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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, featuring 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 accelerated four- or five-year bachelor’s + master’s programs. 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 40 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 hosted its College Convention to coincide with the first-in-the-nation presidential primary here in New Hampshire. College students from across the country converged 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. Just one example of how you can 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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• 1,000 undergraduate and 375 graduate students on campus
• 1,400 online undergraduate and graduate students
• Students from 29 states and more than 19 countries
• 53% men and 47% women
• 7% international students
• 37% ethnic diversity

• 43 full-time faculty
• 13:1 student-faculty ratio
• Average class size: 14
• Personal attention

School Facts
• 93% job and graduate school placement for recent grads
• 100% job placement for Education majors eight years in a row

Study Abroad
• Study away: domestic and international trips for no extra cost!
• Internships and practicum experiences

Campus Life
• Housing guaranteed for four years
• 70% of students 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) opened fall 2016

• NCAA Division III, NAC

Men’s Teams
• Baseball
• Basketball
• Cross-Country
• Ice Hockey
• Lacrosse
• Rugby (ECRC)
• Skiing
• Soccer
• Wrestling

Women’s Teams
• Basketball
• Cross-Country
• Field Hockey
• Ice Hockey
• Lacrosse
• Rugby (competitive club sport)
• Skiing
• Soccer
• Softball
• Volleyball

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
• Art—Fine Art
• Art—Media Art
• Communication Studies
• Creative Writing
• Criminal Justice
• History
• Philosophy & Literature
• Political Science
• Theatre
• Women & Gender Studies*

Business and CIS
• Accounting
• Business Administration
• Business—Accounting
• Business—Marketing
• Business—Strategic Sales Management
• Computer Information Systems
• Sport & Recreation Management

• Coaching*
• Educational Communities
• Elementary Education
• Kinesiology
• Outdoor Education
• Physical Education
• Secondary Education
– English
– Life Sciences (Biology)
– Social Studies
• Special Education
• Theatre Education

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