2019-2020 Residential Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jun 20, 2024  
2019-2020 Residential Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Enrollment and Admissions

Undergraduate Admission

Telephone: 603.428.2223

New England College’s admission process recognizes the unique attributes of every individual. The College welcomes students who have demonstrated academic achievement, as well as those who may not have yet performed to their full potential. The College seeks students who are ready to develop strong educational values, demonstrate a desire to reach for excellence, show an appreciation for diversity, demonstrate social responsibility, possess the capability for leadership, and those who wish to become members of the global community.

Factors which we consider when making an admission decision include:

  • academic transcripts (official high school transcript, official GED results, etc.);
  • letters of recommendation;
  • a written essay of at least 250 words;
  • extra‐curricular activities, volunteer experience, and work experience.
  • Portfolio for specified BFA programs only.

New England College requires a completed high school diploma (or a school‐leaving certificate or equivalent) for matriculation into baccalaureate programs. The College suggests that a student complete at least four years of English, three years of math (up to Algebra II), three years of science (one being a lab science), and three years of social science, all in a college preparatory track. The College invites applications from both first‐time students who enroll directly after high school, and transfer students, for both the fall and spring semesters. Applications are processed on a rolling basis, which means that a decision is made approximately two weeks after an application file is completed. Although there is no specific deadline, students are encouraged to apply prior to April 1 for the subsequent fall semester and prior to December 15 for the spring semester.

How to Apply

  1. Complete the New England College Application for Admission or the Common Application. Both applications are available and to be completed online. The College has no preference on your method of application. Links to the applications may be found at http://www.nec.edu/apply/.  NEC does not charge an application fee.
  2. Please mail any admission materials to:
    Office of Admission
    New England College
    98 Bridge Street
    Henniker, NH 03242‐3297
    800.521.7642 or 603.428.2223
    FAX: 603.428.3155 / Email: admission@nec.edu
  3. Applicants are required to have an official transcript sent to New England College by their high school. Follow the instructions provided by your school guidance counselor to request that your transcript be sent. Students are encouraged to submit additional recommendations from sources that highlight their academic, extracurricular, and/or personal strengths. Often, students submit activity sheets or resumes to demonstrate personal achievements.
  4. Applicants for Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) programs are required to submit a portfolio consisting of 15-20 images of their work.  Students may upload their images into Slideroom.com, share their Instagram handle, or meet with an admission counselor for an in-person review.
  5. International students will have additional admission requirements. See below in the International Students section.

Home-Schooled Students are welcome and encouraged to apply and submit a transcript and/or portfolio of academic work.

Transfer Students

In addition to the steps listed above in the “How to Apply” section, transfer students must arrange for official transcripts from all colleges attended to be sent to the New England College Office of Admission. Ask him/her to complete the form and mail it to the Office of Admission.  NEC allows up to 90 credits to transfer, and all programs are open for either the fall or spring semesters.


CC2NEC is short for Community College to New England College. Any student who was accepted by a community college and is in good academic standing, is automatically accepted to New England College. Students complete an application for admission and submit transcripts, however they do so knowing that admission is guaranteed. NEC allows up to 90 credits to transfer, and all programs are open for either the fall or spring semesters.

Transfer Articulation Agreements

New England College has transfer articulation agreements with many two‐year institutions. These agreements provide that two-year college students who graduate with an associate degree and a specified grade point average will be accepted and will receive both transfer credit and advanced standing upon transfer to NEC. For a current list of schools with which NEC has transfer articulation agreements, see the website: www.nec.edu.

International students

In addition to the admission requirements outlined above, international students must submit an English translation of their secondary records (if necessary).

English Proficiency:  International students whose native language is not English, must demonstrate English proficiency by submitting the results of either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), IELTS, PTE or the DuoLingo English Test. Students with TOEFL iBT score of 80 or higher are eligible for unconditional admission. Students with scores between 40 and 79, are eligible for admission contingent upon their enrollment in English as a Second or Other Language, offered here at New England College.  Students will be enrolled in the Transitional ESOL courses, which entails enrollment in the language support classes as well as LAS general education courses.

International students are required to document the availability of funds to cover tuition and living expenses for the entire period of stay in the U.S. before an I‐20 (Certificate of Eligibility for Non‐Immigrant F‐1 Student Status) can be issued by New England College. Students should submit the “Declaration and Certification of Finances” form with original signatures and bank statements to the Office of Admission as part of their admission process.

International students who wish to participate in athletics and do not meet English language proficiency are eligible for English as Second Language study only. Students will be eligible to participate in athletics once meeting the College’s English proficiency requirements.

Standardized Tests

New England College is testing-optional for admission which means that standardized tests such as the SAT or the ACT are not required. Students who wish to submit their scores as part of their application may do so. The New England College code for the SAT is 3657, and for the ACT it is 2513.

Additional Instructions for Veterans

In keeping with the founding mission of the College, NEC, which has been designated a “Military Friendly” school, welcomes students with military service, providing substantial financial assistance and support services. Updated information on this program is posted on our website at www.nec.edu.  Each semester, Military students are offered priority registration.  Students are able to register an additional 1-3 days early. 

Veteran applications should submit a copy of DD-214, Certificate of Eligibility (or DD2384 for National Guardsmen) for verification of eligibility for Veterans programs. Applications for veteran benefits may be obtained directly from the VA by visiting the VONAPP (Veterans Online Applications) website. In addition to the steps listed above in the “How to Apply” section, you must arrange for transcripts to be sent through the American Council on Education (ACE), depending on the branch of the military (SMARTS, AARTS, or Community College of the Air Force). ACE transcripts can be requested through ACE at www.acenet.edu; select “Programs & Services,” then “transcript requests.”

For more information, veterans are encouraged to visit www.nec.edu, and type “veterans” in the search bar in the upper right hand corner of the home page.

New England College meets or exceeds requirements of the Department of Defense Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (DoD MOU) regarding the recruitment and enrollment of active duty service members.  In particular, New England College does not provide commission or bonus payments to anyone involved with recruitment, enrollment, or awarding of financial assistance.  Further, NEC recruiters do not make multiple unsolicited contacts, or engage in same-day recruitment and registration tactics for the purpose of securing Service member enrollments.

NEC‐Plus Students

Adult students who are applying for entry into New England College’s undergraduate bachelor programs may be eligible for the NEC Plus program if they are at least 25 years of age AND one or more of the following: married, have legal dependents other than a spouse, and have not been enrolled at New England College in the past four years. All NEC Plus students take courses along with the traditional undergraduate students at NEC. This discounted program offers courses at a much lower rate than the regular undergraduate programs at NEC. Students admitted to NEC Plus may take courses during the day or in the evening (limited), and may attend full‐ or part‐time. There are only a few restrictions to this program:

  1. Regular full‐time students are given first priority in course selection.
  2. Access to academic advising, support, and tutoring is limited; full‐time traditional students are given first priority.

NEC Plus students are eligible for federal and state financial aid programs, provided they are enrolled at least half‐time. The College does not award institutional scholarships or grants to NEC Plus students. Applicants to the NEC Plus program must apply for admission as all specified above. To speak with an admission counselor, contact the Office of Admission by phone at 603-428-2223.

Administrative Policy Concerning English as Second or Other Language

NEC offers a multi‐level program for English language learners, which enables students to enhance communication and comprehension skills while earning college credits as proficiency develops. Our ESL Program is open to students with low‐intermediate to intermediate level English proficiency who have met admission standards with the exception of English proficiency.

All applicants must apply for admission and submit documentation as specified above. The ESOL program runs parallel with undergraduate and graduate academic terms. When a student achieves a satisfactory level of English proficiency, s/he will be permitted to enroll in the full academic degree program without required English language instruction. Transition to a degree program is a gradual process over one to four semesters; students are eligible to earn college credits throughout the support program.  Students may begin the ESOL program either in late August or mid‐January.

  1. Any student whose first language is not English must submit an approved English proficiency test including the TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, DuoLingo English test or equivalent examination.
  2. A student who scores 80 or higher on the TOEFL iBT, or its equivalent, will be unconditionally accepted to New England College.
  3. Students who score between 40-79 on the TOEFL iBT may be conditionally accepted to New England College. This acceptance is contingent upon completion of the English as a Second or Other Language program and obtaining a minimum TOEFL score of 80 iBT or equivalent..

Students not meeting any or all of the above criteria may petition the Academic Standards Committee for an exception to the policy.

Visiting Students

Students attending and planning to graduate from another college or university, but wishing to spend a semester or more at New England College, should contact the Registrar’s Office registrarsoffice@nec.edu or 603-428-2203.

Deposit Policy

An accepted student is asked to submit a $300 enrollment deposit by May 1 (or as soon as possible if admitted after this date) for the fall semester, and by December 15 (or as soon as possible if admitted after this date) for the spring semester to guarantee a place in the entering class, register for courses, and receive a housing assignment. This deposit is fully refundable until May 1 for students entering in the fall semester or December 15 for students entering in the spring semester. Upon enrollment, $150 of this deposit is applied to the first semester’s charges. The remaining $150 is held as a financial reserve and will be returned, less any outstanding charges, upon graduation or official withdrawal from the College. An official withdrawal requires both written notice of withdrawal and completion of a withdrawal interview.


Students who seek readmission to New England College must apply through the Pathways Center. They must submit transcripts from any college or university attended since leaving New England College. Students will normally be readmitted under the requirements of the catalog in effect at the time of readmission.

Visiting Campus

Prospective students and their families are encouraged to visit New England College in Henniker or Manchester to experience the personal nature of campus life, the beautiful natural environment of the Henniker campus, and the bustling urban campus in Manchester. Every visit includes a guided campus tour, the opportunity to meet with an admission counselor and a financial aid counselor. We also routinely arrange for students to sit-in on one or more classes, meet with the professor and/or coach, and enjoy a meal in the Dining Hall. Events are held throughout the year. To visit to the campus, contact the Office of Admission at 603-428-2223 or 800.521.7642, extension 2223 or admission@nec.edu. Visits may be scheduled online at www.nec.edu/visit.

Graduate Admission

Professional training and advanced academic experience is important when building a career, earning a positive reputation, and enriching your life. The Graduate and Professional Studies programs at New England College provide learning experiences in a variety of fields and specialties. We understand everyone has different learning styles and schedules, so our programs are built to be versatile, comprehensive, and enjoyable on campus, online, or at a convenient site nearby. Expert faculty, real world experience, and proven curriculums make our educational engagement rich. Whether you are a working professional, recent graduate, career‐changer, or someone seeking a more thorough knowledge in your field, we believe New England College is where you belong. Information can be found at http://www.nec.edu/admission/ or by sending an email to graduateadmission@nec.edu.

Joint Degree Programs

New England College/New York Law School 3+3 Program

Students who meet specific admission criteria may opt for an accelerated program that allows them to complete their bachelor’s degree from New England College and their Juris Doctor degree from New York Law School within a six‐year period. Entrance to the joint degree program may occur at one of several points, based upon the applicant’s background, achievement, and demonstrated academic potential, with appropriate criteria specified for each potential point of entry. Entering New England College freshmen who apply for this program must have a combined SAT score of at least 1200 and a weighted grade point average of at least 3.4 achieved in a rigorous high school curriculum. For the student who has completed the first year of study at New England College, admission to the program is likely if the student has a minimum combined (math and verbal) SAT score of 1100 and a cumulative NEC grade point average of at least 3.5. Students who have completed the junior year at NEC and entering transfer students may also be eligible for admission to NYLS, provided they meet specific admission criteria. Students must maintain an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or better to maintain eligibility in the joint degree program. Additional details regarding this program and the application process may be obtained by contacting the Office of Admission.

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Programs

MCPHS allows for up to five qualified NEC students to transfer into either the physician assistants’ (Master of Physician Assistant Studies) or pharmacy program (Doctor of Pharmacy), and seven qualified NEC students to transfer into the nursing (Post-baccalaureate Bachelors of Science in Nursing) program. Students must have at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA in the prerequisite coursework at NEC (see requirements for professional tracks under Biology and Health Science  major) and receive a pre‐admission interview from MCPHS. Students must declare their intentions to transfer into one of the MCPHS programs by January of their fourth year at NEC. Please contact Dr. Debra Dunlop (ddunlop@nec.edu) for more information.

Continuing Education

New England College offers an expansive selection of online continuing education (undergraduate and graduate) courses and degrees. Course schedules can be seen for the current and upcoming terms on the New England College website at www.nec.edu. Most programs are offered in accelerated 7‐week formats through online offerings.

Students wishing to register for courses as non‐matriculates may apply by completing the Special Student Registration Form available at the Registrar’s Office. Tuition information is available through the Student Financial Services Office. Payment may be made by credit card, check, or money order, payable to New England College. To pay by credit card, contact Student Financial Services at 603.428.2226. If paying by check or money order, mail to:

Student Financial Services
New England College
15 Main St.
Henniker, NH 03242