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New England College Welcomes Largest Incoming Class in Its History

Nearly 500 first-year students arrive at Henniker campus – the most diverse group of students attending any New Hampshire college or university.

Three months after New England College celebrated the largest graduating class in its 70-year history, the College will welcome the largest incoming class ever.

More than 490 new students begin class on New England College’s Henniker campus beginning August 25 with a welcoming convocation event to kick off the new semester. “During the past year applications to the College, visits to the campus, and interest from transfer students increased significantly,” says New England College President Michele Perkins. “There are a number of factors at play here.  New England College’s academic and athletic programs are expanding, we recently opened a new academic building, the John Lyons Center, and will soon break ground on the Putnam Center for the Performing Arts.  All of this means an even richer and more rewarding college experience for our students. Clearly, the word is out that New England College is a great institution.”

In addition, NEC proudly enrolls the most diverse student population in New Hampshire. The college’s enrollment currently stands at 36% diversity, several times higher than many schools in northern New England. Incoming students will be arriving at NEC from as far away as Alaska, California, Florida, Texas, Louisiana, and Montana, and as nearby as New England, including 105 students from New Hampshire. The College will also welcome a significant number of international students from a diverse range of countries including Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Europe.

As a result of strong enrollment results New England College has creatively avoided having to take the drastic financial steps some other small, private colleges have in recent years – despite the shrinking number of college-age students and growing concerns about student debt levels. “We are pleased to report that our generous scholarships and grants make it possible for students to afford to attend. We do whatever is possible to fit the budgets of a wide variety of families, and students tell us the school offers great value to them,” explains President Perkins.  “Private, non-profit colleges like ours are NOT out of reach financially. They have a wonderful track record of graduating students prepared for the real world – we embrace the liberal arts while incorporating engaged and experiential learning in a small classroom setting, taught by talented and  supportive faculty.”

Admittedly, there have been a few growing pains, as NEC officials needed to reorganize staff offices, renovate a few of the smaller buildings and order more residence hall furniture to accommodate this record-setting class. That work is complete and the school is ready to officially welcome all incoming students, totaling close to 1100 students, for the first full day of classes on August 28th.