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NEC Welcomes Record Breaking Class

Diversity growth most notable in the State

 This weekend New England College and the quintessential New England town of Henniker are excited to welcome the most diverse incoming class ever.  32% of the freshman class are non-white, a noticeable and celebrated statistic when compared to the State’s 6% (source, United States Census Bureau).  In 2012, NEC was second to Dartmouth for overall diversity, and had the highest African American percentages of any college in New Hampshire (source, IPEDS).

Diversity is part of an overall surge in NEC admissions.  Except for 2005 and 2006, the incoming class will be the largest in the last 30 years, up 17.

“We are delighted to see that our programs and style of education are resulting in more students choosing New England College,” said New England College President Michele Perkins.  “I believe our environment of learning and culture of inclusion is a large part of our success.”

“I agree,” said Mark Watman, Vice President for Academic Affairs.  “The changing demographics and increase in diversity will add value to our academic programs and educational climate.”

Student Senate President and senior, James Patten, agrees too.  “NEC is a welcoming community.  There are always a ton of things to do and a lot of different people to meet, making the college experience memorable and rewarding.”

Saturday will mark the College’s 67th Convocation, the formalbeginning of the Fall semester.  It’s also move in day for hundreds of freshman who will be greeted by friendly classmates, faculty and staff, and the quaint little town of Henniker.