The Student Development Division is comprised of the offices of the Dean of Students, Associate Dean of Students and International Programs, Campus Safety, Residence Life and Housing, Student Engagement, Student Involvement, First- Year Programs, Diversity and Inclusion, Student Conduct, Career and Life Planning, and the Wellness Center. Student Development works collaboratively and across campus to provide services and experiences that foster personal growth and engaged citizenship.
Career & Life Planning (CLP)
With the help of the CLP team, students can develop career and life plans consistent with their skills, interest, values and personal characteristics; acquire skills by engaging in internships, service activities, and study abroad; demonstrate the results of their experiences in and out of the classroom and effectively present themselves, and; make connections in the world of work and further study.
As part of Student Development, Career and Life Planning works with the entire College community in order to accomplish its mission. CLP actively engages students and ensures students access to services in the following areas, consistent with their interests and abilities:
- Career development, choice of major and interest “testing”
- Resume and interview preparation, the job search and employer contact
- Study abroad
- Community service work-study
- Graduate school application and acceptance
Career & Life Planning is open from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every day.
Residential Life and Housing
Residential Life and Housing strives to create a living environment that supports the growth and development of all residents in a community characterized by mutual respect and an appreciation for diversity.
As a residential college, New England College considers the experience of living on campus to be an extension of the learning that occurs in the classroom. The College believes that living on campus is an essential experience designed to help students develop lifelong skills such as problem solving and critical thinking, both which lead to a sense of self and purpose. Residential students are expected to actively participate in all of the programs and community activities planned by the Residential Life staff.
A listing of College housing policies are contained in the Student Handbook, The Compass, which can be found on‐line. The residence halls at NEC are for registered, full-time, undergraduate and graduate NEC students. As a residential College, NEC requires all undergraduate students to live in College owned residential facilities for at least three academic years and/or 6 academic semesters. A student who is 23 years of age or older by August 1 of the upcoming academic year, veteran status, married, civil-unioned, has a child/children, lives with a parent or guardian who has a permanent address within pre-approved commuter town, or who has a previously approved medical accommodation or financial hardship may be exempt from the housing requirement. Exemptions for financial or medical reasons require documentation and must be made through the Director of Student Financial Services or the Director of Disability Services. All housing contracts are binding agreements made for the entire academic year. Students are subject to meal plan requirements based on their academic year at NEC.
Returning students who are required to fulfill their residency requirement for the following academic year and who do not select a room and meal plan during the room selection process will be assigned an on‐campus room and a 15‐meal plan and charged accordingly. New students who are required to live on campus who do not submit a housing and meal plan contract will be assigned a room and a 19‐meal plan and charged accordingly. Students who choose not to occupy their assigned room will be charged for the full cost of their room based on the above stated requirements. Likewise, students who choose not to use their meal plan will be charged for the full cost of the meal plan based on the above stated requirements. Please contact Residential Life and Housing for more information regarding our housing and meal plan policies.
Prior to moving in to their assigned room, all students will be required to sign Housing and Meal Plan contracts. Failure to sign a housing or meal plan contract does not absolve a student of the rights and responsibilities associated with the spirit of the contract or the stated living requirements.
Although New England College is primarily a residential campus, some students live in off campus apartments or at home. Commuting Students are considered a vital part of the New England College community and are encouraged to participate in all services and programs available to residential students.
The Wellness Center, located in Hill House, is dedicated to the physical and emotional well being of NEC students, as well as the greater NEC community. Our services focus on the education, promotion, and maintenance of physical and psychological well‐being of all regularly enrolled undergraduate students. Our health services are staffed by nurse practitioners and registered nurses. Our counseling staff is comprised of licensed mental health counselors, as well as a psychiatric nurse practitioner.
Mental health counseling services provide students with the opportunity to talk with a counselor in a confidential setting. The mental health staff is available to students for individual and/or couples counseling.
Medical evaluation and health education is available on a wide range of health issues including smoking, alcohol, nutrition, contraception, pregnancy, and sexually transmitted diseases. The Health Care Services provides care for acute illnesses as well as routine primary care including women’s health, STD and pregnancy testing as well as physical exams. Should a student need a prescription while at school, our nurse practitioners are able to write prescriptions for students as indicated. Documentation from the home primary care provider may be required for certain prescriptions. Our services also include laboratory testing. Referrals to outside specialists can be facilitated through the Wellness Center for students with pre‐existing or chronic health issues that require close monitoring.
The Wellness Center hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. ‐ 4:30 p.m. There is emergency care located at Concord Hospital as well as non‐emergency care at Horseshoe Pond Urgent Care in Concord during off‐hours.
The Office of Student Engagement, or the OSEI, serves as the main office for student events and programs on campus. Incorporating Student Organizations, Leadership Development, Student Senate, Student Entertainment Committee, Shuttle Services, New Student Orientation, Greek Life, the Charter Coffeehouse, Experiental Wednesdays, and major campus programming and traditions, the OSEI focuses on getting students involved on campus. With a wide range of activities, programs, and organizations to serve the varied interests of the campus community, the OSEI is an integral part of student life at New England College. With most activities having been planned, promoted and produced by NEC students, there is bound to be something that sparks your interest. If not, we will be more than happy to work with you to bring something that will.
Fraternities and sororities have been an active and vital part of New England College for many years. Greek organizations represent a wide diversity of students and opportunities. Greeks are involved in all aspects of campus academics, service, and social activities. Greek students write honors theses, serve on the NEC Student Senate, Student Entertainment Committee, participate in athletics, and tutor local school children through philanthropic activities. Greek affiliation is a unique chance to be involved with a strong, continuous community over one’s college career - all the while actively engaging in many other campus experiences. Unlike many other college campuses, “being Greek” is just one aspect of a NEC student’s experience. Membership in fraternities and sororities is open by invitation to those undergraduate students meeting the necessary qualifications.
Councils, Boards, and Governing Groups
The Student Senate is the student legislative body on campus responsible for promoting the welfare and interests of students and fostering open communication between students and the College’s administration. Elected by the student body, the Senate is a clearinghouse for student views, opinions, and interests. The Student Senate allocates and monitors funds to student clubs and organizations.
The Student Entertainment Committee (SEC)
The Student Entertainment Committee (SEC) is responsible for coordinating and scheduling events that draw much student interest, including special events, films, lectures, small concerts, and social programs for the community. Each of these areas is coordinated by student volunteers. SEC membership is open to any student who wants to be involved in co‐curricular program planning.
The following is a sampling of student organizations. The exact number and variety of organizations vary from year to year.
Adventure Bound offers vigorous outdoor learning opportunities in the form of workshops and weekend trips. All members of the College community are welcome to participate. Past trips have included backpacking, rock climbing, kayaking, and urban adventures. Rental equipment (such as backpacks, tents, cross‐country skis, snowshoes, and sleeping bags) is also available for students to use.
Aspiring Minds formed to provide support for students in the NEC community who care deeply about issues of diversity. Members plan social events and educational events such as lectures, films, and more. Aspiring Minds welcomes anyone to join and participate.
Carriage Theatre Ensemble
Students who are interested in theatre may wish to join the Carriage Theatre Ensemble. Each semester performances are staged in the Main stage and Studio Theatres. Scripts are selected to provide students with a broad perspective and experience in acting, costumes, scenery, lighting, and production.
College Democrats/College Republicans
The College Republicans and College Democrats each offer students opportunities to learn about and take action connected to our two major political parties. Each club is open to all students, and sponsors events and programs about politics and issues germane to their respective parties.
Environmental Action Committee (EAC)
The Environmental Action Committee brings environmental, conservation, and energy issues into focus for the community. By sponsoring events such as films, lectures, recycling programs, and town clean‐ups, the EAC enables students to become actively involved with the community and nature.
International Student Association (ISA)
Composed of students from around the world, the International Student Association works to increase awareness and appreciation of various cultures and customs within the College community. The association sponsors such activities as International Week, teas, and the annual international dinner and dance.
New England College Role Playing Association (NECRA)
Through the use of role‐oriented games and exercises, the New England College Role Playing Association offers students the opportunity to exercise their imaginations and expand their creative energies.
Political Science Club
The Political Science Club plays a vital role on campus through hosting debates, presidential candidates, lectures, and political parties. The Political Science Club also sponsors many events on campus throughout the year for all members of the NEC community, and is open for all students to join.
New England College Queer Straight Alliance
NEC Queer Straight Alliance (QSA) offers an opportunity for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, and questioning students to provide support for each other, plan events and programs, and advocate for GLBT issues on the NEC campus. The group is open to all students, and welcomes ally students as an integral part of the club. NEC QSA has sponsored events on National Coming Out Day and has held events such as the “Day of Silence,” speakers, and drag shows.
Student Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC)
The Student Athlete Advisory Council is comprised of the leaders of varsity athletic teams. These students represent all student athletes on campus and provide leadership for students in fostering positive involvement with regard to athletic events.
The Student Congress is a group of students who represent the student body as student senators and the executive board. This organization consists of two parts: Student Senate and the House of Representatives. House of Representatives consists of a liaison from each student organization on campus and each senator in Student Senate represents a part of the student body.
The Henniker Review
The Henniker Review is an annual literary review edited by students; contributors to The Henniker Review include students, faculty, staff, and others from the community at large.
The New Englander
The New Englander, the New England College student newspaper, provides experiential learning for students interested in writing, editing, design, photography, public relations, and advertising. Students also gain professional experience working together as a group, formulating strategy for improving quality, and meeting deadlines. The goal is to produce a high quality newspaper that serves the needs of the New England College and Henniker communities. Students derive deep satisfaction from meeting this goal, typically by hard work, overcoming problems, and having plenty of fun. Students may treat the New Englander like a club, participating through agreement with the faculty advisor, or earn variable credits through the New Englander course.
T.E.A.C.H. is an organization made up of members who are interested in the field of education and making a difference through providing opportunities and support for students, young and old. Because we are an education based organization, our goal is to not only work with schools in the community and in places of need, but to help teach the college community about embracing diversity, so all students may have an open heart and mind about our ever changing culture, and be accepted and thus become more successful learners, and eventually leaders.
WNEC 91.7 FM is an opportunity for students to have internships, join the club, serve as a DJ on the radio, or help out a student organizations events on campus by playing music. The station is broadcast and staffed by students from all majors on campus.
Other Leadership Opportunities
In addition to the many clubs and organizations on campus, several additional leadership positions are available to students in an effort to assist the community, gain valuable skills and experience, and enhance the quality of life. Such leadership positions include:
- Student organization executive board member
- Judicial Board Member
- Peer Leader
- Resident Advisor