New England College

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15 Main Street

Henniker, NH 03242

Phone: (603) 428-2211
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
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Regional Universities (North)

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New England College is a private institution that was founded in 1946. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,127, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 225 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. New England College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), Tier 2. Its tuition and fees are $33,000 (2013-14).

New England College is a small school in Henniker, N.H., a town 20 minutes outside the state capital, Concord. Outdoor activities are a focus at the liberal arts college, which offers degree programs in Outdoor Leadership and Environmental Sustainability, as well as an Adventure Bound Club that coordinates trips for white water rafting, rock climbing, and more, and teaches students wilderness survival skills.

There are also about 50 student organizations to consider joining, including a handful of fraternities and sororities that, in total, recruit about 15 percent of the student body. The school’s sports teams, the Pilgrims, compete in the NCAA Division III North Atlantic Conference. Students must live on campus for their first four semesters unless they commute from a home within a 30 mile radius of New England College. For road trips from campus, Boston is about 90 minutes away.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

New England College is a place where students amaze themselves with what they learn and with what they can accomplish. A college that prepares students for the professional world, NEC also empowers its graduates with a broad knowledge base that results from a focus on the liberal arts. The institution prides itself on its individualized approach to learning and is committed to maintaining its small size and student-to-teacher ratio. The College's special strength lies not only in what it teaches, but how it teaches, providing students with both traditional classroom and hands-on learning opportunities. The Pathways Center, an innovative combination of academic advising, study skills and support services, and career planning, plays a key role in the academic and professional achievements of all students. Thus, NEC graduates are extremely successful in finding employment upon graduation. New England College's location offers students the best of all worlds. Students have easy access to vibrant cities (Concord, Manchester, Portsmouth, and Boston) while they enjoy the incomparable recreation and wilderness regions of Hew Hampshire. All NEC students may ski free of charge at Pats Peak, one of New Hampshire's fine ski mountains, located only 3 miles from campus.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1946
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $8,145,908


When applying to New England College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due September 2. The application fee at New England College is $30. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 64.6 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 64.6%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by September 2

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at New England College is 11:1, and the school has 83.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at New England College include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies; Health Professions and Related Programs; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 59.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 11:1
4-year graduation rate 36%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 18%
Education 15%
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 14%
Health Professions and Related Programs 11%
Psychology 9%

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Student Life

New England College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,127, with a gender distribution of 51.2 percent male students and 48.8 percent female students. At this school, 45 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 55 percent of students live off campus. New England College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 2,017
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

New England College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. New England College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at New England College, 75 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at New England College.

Students who have cars on campus 75%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At New England College, 76 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $16,845.

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Tuition and fees $33,000 (2013-14)
Room and board $12,930 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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