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Requirements and Procedures for Admission

What is the application process?

Our application process is intentionally straightforward.  We require an online application (Student Choice or Common Application – we don’t have a preference) and an official high school transcript.  An application fee is no longer required.  Once you receive an admission decision and potential merit scholarship award (see below), the next step is to schedule a visit to campus and apply for financial aid (if you plan to) using the FAFSA.  In order to reserve your place in the class, we request that you submit a $300 enrollment deposit via check (written out to New England College with student’s name in the memo line) or online via PayPal.

Undergraduate Admission Requirements

  • Online Student Choice Application or Common Application
  • High School Transcript
  • College Transcript (If applicable)

Supplemental Material (Optional)

  • Letter(s) of Recommendation
  • College Essay or Personal Statement
  • SAT Scores/ACT Scores

This deposit secures your place in the next incoming class and is fully refundable – for any reason – until May 1.  IMPORTANT: When you reach the “Review Payment” screen, please be sure to click on “Add special instructions to merchant” and enter the full legal name of the STUDENT (as entered on application) beneath “Description” to ensure proper processing of the deposit.

What types of students are admitted to New England College each year?
We welcome a wide range of applicants every year, including traditional first-year, transfer, international, adult (NEC Plus) and veteran students with an average GPA of 2.5-3.0/4.0.

Do you have deadlines?
No, we operate on a rolling admission cycle through August.  While there are no official deadlines, there are several benefits to applying sooner than later.  Three examples:

  • The earlier you apply, the sooner you receive a decision (as early as mid-December)
  • $11 million in institutional funds (2012-2013) were offered to accepted students; the earlier you apply, the likelihood of receiving these funds is increased.
  • Once you have a decision [and potential merit scholarship], you can make plans in advance to visit and meet with Student Financial Services to begin financial planning.

How long does it take to receive an admission decision?

Our goal is to have a decision to you within two weeks of a completed application beginning in December.  All applications received before December 1 should expect to receive a decision by mid-December, while all applicants beyond December 1 should hear within 2 weeks.  If you are awarded a merit scholarship, it will appear on your acceptance letter.

How do you determine admission?
As mentioned above, our process is intentionally straightforward, focusing less on competitiveness and more on helping you to find the right academic, social and financial fit.

Should I send in supplementary material for review?

Though we will accept additional materials (recommendation letters, portfolios, etc.), we request that you represent yourself as best you can within the standard application.

Does the major I list on my application affect my chances of admission?
Many of our students are undecided when they enter as first-year students.  We encourage you to explore our many academic options before narrowing your path, so we do not factor your major interest into the admission process.

International | Transfer | Veterans | Adult Learners

International, Transfer, Veteran & Adult Students are typically required to submit additional documentation.  Please find these important steps outlined below:

International Students

In addition to our online application, we require you to submit:

  • Declaration & Certification of Finances (DCF)
  • Official bank statements verifying the availability of funds. This must be either a  bank statement or a credit reference from a bank indicating a specific dollar  amount in the account, or a statement verifying a minimum of the college costs.
  • TOEFL score above 550.  If you score between 450 and 549, you are eligible for Admission with ESL.
  • $300 Enrollment Deposit (once you are accepted; link above)
  • I-901 Form: Once above documentation is received and the student is accepted, only then will New England College process the student I-20. When students receive their I-20, they will be required to complete the I-901 form. Click here to go the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement website to complete the form online. After completing the form, students must pay the I-901 Fee, and be sure to print a receipt. Students will need this receipt to enter the United States.

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Study Abroad Students

Transfer Students

Adult Students (NEC-Plus)

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, or with legal dependents other than a spouse
  • and have not been enrolled at New England College for 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 ($400. per credit).  Thus, the NEC Plus Program offers a full academic year (32 credits) at the cost of $12,800. (NOTE: All fees are based on the 2013-14 academic year, with the rates for traditional undergraduate students detailed here).

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 and supply standard documentation: official transcripts, letter of recommendation, and personal essay.  For further information, contact the Office of Admission by phone (603) 428-2223 or email at


Honoring the principle upon which the College was founded and the service of the men and women of the armed forces, New England College has instituted a comprehensive veterans program that helps veterans and active reservists take full advantage of their military education benefits.  We are a Yellow Ribbon Program College and can also offer additional assistance to Pre-9/11 eligible veterans with our unique military scholarship program (Russell Durgin Military Scholarship) named in honor of one of our own local heroes who paid the ultimate sacrifice on the battlefield in Afghanistan.  It is our commitment to serve the educational needs of those who serve our country that has earned us the label of being a “military friendly school” by the G.I. Jobs magazine.

We encourage you to follow the steps below and always invite you to contact us with questions!

Please visit the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs site for information about applying for education benefits and eligibility. Applications for veteran benefits may be obtained directly from the VA by visiting the VONAPP (Veterans Online Applications) website. If you prefer, completed application forms can be mailed directly to the VA Regional Processing Office (P.O. Box 4616, Buffalo, NY 14240-4616).

NEC is also proud to offer the The Russell Durgin Military Service Scholarship Program named after a lifelong resident of Henniker who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2006. The purpose of the scholarship is to bridge the gap between the costs of undergraduate tuition at NEC and the benefits available through the G.I. Bill. There is no need to apply separately for this scholarship, as the amount will be determined based on the student’s benefit eligibility and financial need.

Please follow these steps to apply your benefits to New England College:

1.  Contact the VA at or 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551).

2.  Apply for benefits completing an “Application for Educational Benefits” (VA Form 22-1990).

3.  Submit copies of your DD-214, Certificate of Eligibility of Education Benefits and/or your “Notice of Basic Eligibility” (DD form 2384, if a National Guardsman) to the Admission Office. If you have received benefits while attending a previous institution, submit a “Request for Change Program or Place Training” (VA Form 22-1995). All of these forms are available on the VONAPP site mentioned above.

4.  Complete and submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) . The FAFSA form will help determine any additional federal grants and loans you may be eligible for.

5.  Complete your application and submit all necessary components.

Veteran Resources

VA & DOD Hotlines
VA Education Office: 1.800.442.4551
VA Healthcare Office: 1.877.222.8387
VA Benefits: 1.800.827.1000
WAVE (Verify your Attendance) 1.877.823.2378
VA Gulf War Helpline: 1.800.273.8387
DOD Direct Veterans Hotline: 1.800.497.6261

Students Engaged with Respect to Veterans Education (SERVE): The Veterans Association of New England College:

Honoring both the principle upon which the College was founded and the service of the men and women of the armed forces this student organization was founded.  The goal of this group is to advocate for and support the matriculation of Veterans into the NEC community and to assist these Veterans with accessing campus services and programs.  The group will promote policies and administrative decisions that benefit Veterans.  They will also help the NEC community better understand the Veterans perspective by educating the NEC community about military life and customs.

For information about how to join this group, please contact Karl Marston at

Testing | AP | Deferrals

Are standardized tests required?  Why not?

No.  As an intensive liberal arts college, we look for well-rounded students with strengths in traditional and non-traditional aspects.  We believe that four years of performance are more demonstrative of your intellect than one or two Saturday morning exams.

What is the policy for awarding AP credit?
With scores of 3, 4 or 5 on the AP exam, we will likely award New England College credit.  Because every department is different, this credit may count toward major, core or elective credits and is ultimately determined by the Registrar’s Office and respective academic department.  Credit is not guaranteed.

If admitted, may I defer my admission?
We keep all applications on file for one year.  In most cases, we will uphold our offer of admission for this additional year and we recommend that you submit, in writing, your request to defer for one year.  Gap years, study abroad, etc. can only add to your portfolio of strengths.  If you take classes at another institution, your performance can impact your merit award and your FAFSA must be resubmitted before a financial aid package is offered.  If you have questions, please contact us.