2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jun 17, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Campus Life


Telephone: 603.428.2292

Athletic Coaches

Alpine Skiing: 603.428.2484
Baseball: 603.428.2910
Men’s Basketball: 603.428.2396
Women’s Basketball: 603.428.2435
Cross Country:  603.785.7797
Field Hockey: 603.428.2401
Men’s Golf: 603.738.8474
Men’s Ice Hockey: 603.428.2294
Women’s Ice Hockey: 603.428.2406
Men’s Lacrosse: 603.428.2313
Women’s Lacrosse: 603.428.2317
Men’s Rugby:   603.731.1592
Women’s Rugby: 603.428.2258
Men’s Soccer: 603.428.2447
Women’s Soccer: 603.428.2263
Softball: 603.428.2213
Women’s Volleyball: 603.428.2387
Wrestling: 603.428.2346
eSports: 936.585.2049

Athletics Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Athletics is to develop exemplary student-athletes who strive for outstanding academic achievement, athletic excellence, and team success, and contribute to the community in positive, meaningful ways.  The department is committed to providing highly competitive athletic programs that allow student-athletes to reach their fullest potential through exceptional coaching, teaching, and mentoring.  All NEC athletics programs foster character and leadership development of student-athletes; are guided by the values of pride, integrity, and respect; and promote high academic achievement, diversity, gender equity, unparalleled sportsmanship, and fair play.

Intercollegiate Athletics

New England College is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, Division III), the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC), the New England Wrestling Association (NEWA), the United States Collegiate Snowsports Association (USCSA), the National Intercollegiate Rugby Association (NIRA), the National Collegiate Rugby (NCR), the National Association of Collegiate eSports (NACE) and the New England Hockey Conference (NEHC)

New England College sponsors varsity competition in men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey, men’s and women’s cross country, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s ice hockey, men’s and women’s alpine skiing, men’s and women’s lacrosse, softball, women’s rugby, wrestling, men’s golf, and baseball. Our teams are highly successful, with a long tradition of making the playoffs and representing NEC with pride, integrity, and respect.

New England College has 13 of their 20 sports compete in the GNAC against other conference opponents: Albertus Magnus College, Anna Maria College, Colby-Sawyer College, Dean College, Elms College, Emmanuel College, Johnson and Wales University, Lasell University, Mitchell College, Norwich University, Regis College, Rivier University, University of Saint Joseph (CT), St. Joseph’s College of Maine, and Simmons University. Men’s and Women’s Ice Hockey compete in the NEHC against opponents: Norwich, Hobart and William Smith, Babson, UMass Boston, Skidmore, Southern Maine, Castleton, Johnson and Wales, Elmira College, Plymouth State, and Salem State.  


New England College provides a turf field, gymnasium, 26 acres of athletic fields, and a turfed field house. Alpine skiers and snowboarders may ski and ride at Pats Peak Ski Area (less than two miles away) at no cost and there are 30 kilometers of cross‐country and biking trails located on the Henniker campus. Ice hockey is played at the College’s Lee Clement Arena. A fitness center is located on campus in the lower level of Bridges Gymnasium. The Lee Clement Arena and Bridges Gymnasium house the offices of the Director of Athletics, Assistant Directors of Athletics, coaches, and athletic trainers.

Recreational Sports

Recreational sports are an integral part of New England College. All members of the College community are invited to participate. Flag football, basketball, volleyball, soccer, and softball have been offered as team competitions. Lifetime activities such as cornhole, disc golf, and badminton are also offered.  

Office of Diversity & Inclusion

Telephone: 603-428-2293

NEC’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) seeks to advance a community and culture where a sense of belonging is strong, accessibility valued, and inclusion are promoted. Our mission is to create a sustainable inclusive, diverse learning, living, and working environment where all members of our college community feel welcome, valued, respected, appreciated, and supported no matter their ethnicity, economic class, age, gender, disability, culture, sexual orientation, religion, national origin and more. We provide intentional collaborative programs and services that encourage community building through collective advocacy, develop ally skills and practices over time with self-awareness educational programs, cross cultural engagement, and workshops at varying levels and specific topics and identities.  

As an institution, across all departments, we seek to embrace the challenge of our generation and create impact. Our student-centered mutual conversations and dialogues will help build lasting positive relationships among community members. New leadership programs are introduced each year including the Diversity Ambassador programs that provide peer-to-peer support through mentoring, providing easy access to resources and helping new students and underrepresented groups of students adapt well. We also provide yearlong diverse events and student leadership programs geared towards equipping students with lifelong skills needed to address some of the global challenges. Please take advantage of the opportunities we offer and create a memorable student experience at New England College.  

Our diversity and inclusion initiatives will continue to promote and provide resources about diversity and inclusion education to help the members of our learning community -and their teaching, education, research, and work- become more meaningful and stronger through our supportive inclusive culture. We will foster our practices on respect for each person, appreciation for all people different from us and promote diverse ideas within the New England College community. 

Students, faculty, and staff who engage in programs sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion will be able to:

  • Define one’s identity, understand intersectionality and articulate how these factors influence the college experience
  • Practice personal accountability and develop meaningful peer relationships using effective intrapersonal/interpersonal skills within an academic and social environment
  • Demonstrate effective cross-cultural communication proficiency that is applied daily when discussing the multiple dimensions of diversity
  • Illustrate an understanding of social responsibility and civic participation that ignites social action
  • Identify and explain the impact of systemic barriers placed on an individual and communities
  • Use acquired knowledge about cultural diversity to make informed decisions
  • Employ the Social Change Model in an effort to dismantle oppressive behaviors and systems

Office of New Student Programs

Telephone: 603.428.2248

NEC’s programs for new students connects you to our community resources and encourages you to think more about your life, skills, goals, and what it means to live and learn in the context of our rich liberal arts environment. Programming includes Orientation and First-Year Seminar.

New Student Programs 

Residential Life and Housing

Telephone: 603.428.2242


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. It is a student’s responsibility to read and abide by all policies as outlined in the Student Handbook.  Failure to read the Student Handbook does not absolve a student of having to fulfill their 3 year residential requirement.  The residence halls at NEC are for registered, full-time, undergraduate and graduate NEC students. NEC requires all undergraduate residential students to live in College owned residential facilities for their first 3 academic years and/or first 6 academic semesters. A student who is 23 years of age or older by August 1 of the upcoming academic year, veteran status, married, has a child/children, lives with a parent or legal guardian who has a verifiable permanent address within a pre-approved commuter town, or who has a previously approved medical accommodation, or a 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 Student Access and Accommodations. All housing contracts are binding agreements made for the entire academic year. Housing refund policies are subject to the refund policies set by Student Financial Services.  Any student who is separated from the College for conduct issues will not be given a refund of housing or meal plan money.  Students are subject to meal plan requirements based on their academic year and credits at NEC.  All meal plan accommodations must be approved by the Director of Student Access and Accommodations.  There are no exceptions to this policy. 

All students who are required to fulfill their residency requirement for the upcoming or following academic year and who choose not to 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 physically 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 a Housing and Meal Plan contract. 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.

Commuter Students

Although New England College is primarily a residential campus, eligible 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.

Office of Disability Services

Email: disabilityservices@nec.edu

New England College values disabled students* as part of our diverse campus community and strives to create usable, equitable, and inclusive learning environments. Due to the design of a course or program, students may experience barriers to their full and meaningful participation. When this occurs, students should request academic accommodations through the Office of Disability Services.

New England College is committed to ensuring equal access to all of its programs, services, and activities. New England College uses information from a combination of sources, including student self-report and supporting documentation from evaluations, qualified healthcare providers, or other records as part of the reasonable accommodations determination process. Regardless of the disability, the Office of Disability Services needs to be contacted, as it handles all requests for accommodations for students.

Each student will participate in the interactive process of developing an initial menu of academic accommodations as part of the ODS intake process. Each term or semester, the student is expected to submit course-specific academic accommodations requests and briefly meet with ODS to review, finalize, and send course-specific Notices of Accommodations to their faculty. Students then have a brief discussion with their faculty to verify receipt of notices and finalize any needed details (such as testing location) for using their approved academic accommodations.

*A note on language: In accordance with guidance from the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD), New England College’s Office of Disability Services uses identity-first language.

Office of Student Development

Telephone: 603.428.2241

The Office of Student Development is comprised of: the Dean of Students Office, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, New Student and Family Programs, Residence Life and Housing, Student Engagement, Student Conduct, and the Wellness Center (Counseling and Medical Services). Student Development personnel work collaboratively to provide services and experiences that foster personal growth and engaged citizenship.

Office of Student Engagement

Telephone: 603.428.2429

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 Government Association, Campus Activities Board, shuttle services, new student orientation, the Charter Coffeehouse, the Torrington Arms Pub, 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

New England College’s Student Government Association 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 SGA allocates and monitors funds to student clubs and organizations. 

Campus Activities Board (CAB)

The Campus Activities Board (CAB) 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. CAB membership is open to any student who wants to be involved in co‐curricular program planning.

Student Organizations

The following is a sampling of student organizations. The exact number and variety of organizations vary from year to year.

Adventure Bound

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.

Art Club

The Art Club is a place for students to come together through the teaching and creation of visual art to hone their art skills within a community of learners. The Art Club’s activities include art therapy, studio time with access to resources, student led “mini lessons”, alumni lectures, and opportunities for peer critique. No existing experience required to participate! 

Aspiring Minds

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.

Black Student Union (BSU)

Black Student Union provides Black students and allies a place to gain knowledge, awareness, and sense of self at New England College. Black Student Union fosters student growth and development through diversity, academics, community service, and outreach. 

Business Club

The Business Club is open to all students and specifically focuses on enhancing the business major experience for NEC students. Some former events have included trips to New York City to the Stock Exchange, bringing in speakers who discuss various subjects pertaining to business, and the Entrepreneurial Event just to name a few. 


New Hampshire holds the first presidential primary every election cycle! CiviCorp serves as a vital assessment in the assistance of the many politicians that visit New England College for Town Hall Meetings. They help in running College Convention, which takes place every four years. 

Dance Team - The Rising Stars

The Dance Club focuses on a variety of dances and practices to perform at a variety of events. 

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.

Health Science Club

The Health Science Club brings awareness of health issues to the NEC community, such as breast cancer awareness month, World AIDS Day, the flu, and more. Geared specifically to health science majors, this organization is a great opportunity to develop connections and provide opportunities for health science students.

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.

New England College Queer Straight Alliance (QSA)

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.

Ravens and Writing

Do you have a passion for writing? This is a great organization to be a part of. Put your pen to paper and get creative with other students who also enjoy writing. Ravens & Writing Desks meets regularly and will host a variety of programs throughout the year.

SERVE: Veteran’s Association of New England College

This organization was formed to support NEC students who are Veteran’s of our military services. They participate in a variety of activities and host programs on campus for the NEC community.

Society of Antiquaries-History Club

The purpose of this organization is to engage students’ involvement in making history come alive. Through trips, events, and meetings, the History Club explores the past and makes it engaging for students to participate.

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.

Student Government Association (SGA) 

The Student Government Association is a group of students who represent the student body as student senators and the executive board. This organization consists of two parts: The Executive Board and the House of Representatives. House of Representatives consists of a liaison from each student organization on campus and each senator in SGA represents a part of the student body.

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.

WNEC Radio

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

Wellness Center

Telephone: 603.428.2253

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. Our goal is to support students with quality medical and mental health care so that they can get the most out of their college experience. We utilize an integrated approach to provide education, prevention, crisis intervention, acute health care, and health maintenance. Visits are free of charge for all regularly full time enrolled undergraduate students, but there may be a cost for certain lab tests and prescriptions. Wellness Center staff are comprised of fully licensed personnel: a nurse practitioner, registered nurse, medical assistant, and licensed mental health counselors/social workers. 

Medical evaluations and health education are available on a wide range of health issues including smoking, alcohol/drugs, nutrition, healthy habits, contraception, pregnancy, and sexually transmitted infections. Available health care services include physical exams, gynecological exams, birth control management, and the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of acute and chronic illness and injuries. Staff does a variety of in-house testing, draws and interprets send out labs, manages prescriptions, and provides vaccinations as available/necessary. Referrals to outside specialists can be facilitated through the Wellness Center for students in need of specialty care.

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, stress, eating disorders, sexuality issues, alcohol and other drug problems, and relationship issues. Counselors may work collaboratively with home providers to ensure continuity of care. In addition, counseling staff offer educational outreach and wellness programming to meet the psychological and developmental needs of students.

The Wellness Center hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. ‐ 5:00 p.m. Students are encouraged to schedule appointments, but there is some walk-in availability during open hours. 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.