The Student Development Division is comprised of the Associate Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Associate Dean of Students and International Programs, Campus Safety, Residence Life and Housing, Student Engagement, Disability Services, Diversity and Inclusion, Student Conduct, Career and Life Planning, and the Wellness Center (Counseling and Medical Services). 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 comprehensive career and life plans consistent with their skills, interests, values and personal characteristics; acquire skills by engaging in co-curricular, work and service activities successfully, and; effectively articulate and demonstrate their skills, interests, values and characteristics to contacts 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
- 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.
New England College has a history of success in challenging and supporting students of diverse academic backgrounds who wish to achieve their full intellectual and personal potential.
Unlike some schools designed exclusively for students with learning differences, New England College does not have a special program just for students with disabilities. We have found, however, that our support services can meet the needs of students who are good self‐advocates and who do not require a formal, structured program, but who can find success when offered academic support in conjunction with small classes and personal attention by faculty and staff. Typically, these students have done well in “mainstream” college preparatory programs in high school, or as graduate students were successful in completing an undergraduate degree.
New England College is committed to assuring equal access to all of its programs, services, and activities. Students needing accommodations (such as extended time on tests, permission to tape lectures, wheelchair accessibility, etc.) should set up an appointment with the Disability Services Office. To be eligible for accommodations the student will need to have current, appropriate test results that are submitted to the Disability Services Office. The testing must be administered by a licensed, qualified professional and must include a diagnosis and specific recommendations. IEPs, minutes from 504 planning meetings, or letters from school officials are not acceptable as legal documentation; however, they can be provided along with the required testing so that the Disability Services Director can more fully understand the needs of the student. Other types of disabilities must be documented by a certified medical and/or mental health professional, and must include a current detailed diagnosis, recommendations, and reasons for specific suggested recommendations. Regardless of the learning need or disability, the Disability Services Office needs to be contacted as it handles all requests for accommodations.
It is important to remember that all requests for accommodations must come through the Disability Services Office at which time the student will participate in the Needs Assessment process. Once the student has completed the Needs Assessment form it must be given to the appropriate faculty and staff. Test documents must be received a minimum of a week before accommodations can be provided. In situations where many different parties are involved in developing accommodations, three prior weeks may be required. A month’s notice is needed for housing accommodations for first time students.
Under ADA and 504 requirements the student is responsible for disclosing his/her disability to each person the student contacts for an accommodation. The College reserves the right to review documentation and determine individual accommodations and services. The College maintains the right to determine the appropriate accommodation based on the student’s documentation. Accommodations are based on a review of the test results and may be different than services provided in high school, or as an undergraduate student.
Relevant information from disability documentation may be shared with College personnel at the discretion of the Disability Services Office. All questions about the College’s compliance with ADA/504 should be directed to the College’s Campus Compliance Officer in the Disability Services Office.
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 is contained in the Student Handbook, 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.
New England College promotes international programs as an important part of its efforts to foster an awareness of world citizenship. We believe in the importance of exposure to different cultures in the personal development of our students. The College maintains cooperative relations with many study abroad program providers and foreign institutions, and provides information on a wide variety of academic opportunities abroad.
Students wishing to participate in study abroad opportunities must apply to the Director of Career and Life Planning in advance of the projected study abroad and meet the following criteria:
Students should have successfully completed a minimum of 30 credits in residence at New England College. Transfer credits from other colleges will not normally be applied to this credit total;
Students should have achieved sophomore status or above;
Students must have good academic and social standing, including a cumulative grade point average of no less than 2.5 in credits earned at New England College;
Any student not meeting these conditions may petition the Students Committee.
The priority date for semester‐long study abroad applications is the end of the second week of the preceding semester of the intended study. Deadline dates for regular applications to study abroad programs are no later than October 15 (for the Spring semester) and March 15 (for the Fall semester). The application fee for study abroad programs is set at $250 (of which $50 is non‐refundable).
Costs for Study Abroad
Normally, New England College students enrolled in semester‐long study abroad programs will continue to pay tuition, room, and board to New England College, which will in turn pay the tuition, room, and board expenses at the study abroad location. New England College students studying abroad in an approved program continue to be eligible for most of their institutional and federal financial aid. Please contact Student Financial Services for further details. Additional scholarships may be available through our study‐abroad partners.
Study Abroad Opportunities
New England College sponsors study abroad programs in:
The Office of Student Engagement, or the OSE, 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, the Charter Coffeehouse, Wednesdays, and major campus programming and traditions, the OSE 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 OSE 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.
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.
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
- Peer Leader
- Resident Advisor
- WOW Squad member
The Wellness Center, located in Hill House, is dedicated to the physical and emotional health of NEC students, as well as the greater NEC community. We utilize an integrated approach which includes but not limited to: education, prevention, crisis intervention, and health maintenance. Services are free of charge for all regularly full time enrolled undergraduate students (there may be a cost for certain lab tests and prescriptions). Wellness Center staff are comprised of fully licensed personnel: nurse practitioners, registered nurse, and licensed mental health counselors/social workers.
Mental health counseling services provide students with the opportunity to talk with a counselor in a confidential setting. The staff is available to students for individual, couples, and group counseling. This includes providing counseling for students who may be experiencing situational or ongoing psychological difficulties such as anxiety, depression, grief, alcohol and other drug problems, and relationship issues to name a few. Counselors may work collaboratively with home providers to ensure continuity of care. In addition, we offer educational outreach and programming to meet the developmental needs of our students.
Medical evaluation and health education are available on a wide range of health issues including smoking, alcohol, nutrition, contraception, pregnancy, and sexually transmitted diseases. Health Care Services provide care for acute illnesses as well as routine primary care, including lab tests as needed, women’s health, STD and pregnancy testing as well as physical exams. The nurse practitioners are able to write prescriptions for students as indicated. Documentation from the home primary care provider may be required for certain prescriptions. Referrals to outside specialists can be facilitated through the Wellness Center for students with pre‐existing or chronic health issues.
The Wellness Center hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. ‐ 4:30 p.m. with extended hours until 5:30p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. There is emergency care located at Concord Hospital as well as non‐emergency care at Horseshoe Pond Urgent Care and Convenient MD in Concord during off‐hours. Riverbend Community Mental Health provides 24hour emergency services #1-844-743-5748.