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Thank you for joining us at New England College. We can’t wait for you to arrive on campus, and work hard to create orientation experiences that aim to connect you to our campus. Preparing students to succeed is what we are all about at NEC!

Summer Orientation – The Pilgrimage

Connect with your classmates, your campus, and your academics by attending a Pilgrimage session! The Pilgrimage is a daylong orientation program designed specifically for deposited incoming students. There is no fee to attend. We can’t wait to meet you!

Login to the enrollment portal. There are two dates to choose from so select the date that works best for you.

Registration is now open!

To see a sample schedule for both parents and students click here. Families who wish to stay in the area before or after the program can find a list of hotel accommodations here.

All students wishing to partake in the Pilgrimage must be a deposited student. If you are not a deposited student, please call the Office of Admission at 603.428.2223.

NEC Adventure Bound – New Student Wilderness Trips (NEWT)

Monday, August 21st – Thursday, Aug 24th

The program is ideal for students interested in learning more about New England College through new experiences outdoors. This program is ideal for students of all backgrounds, regions and experience levels. The outdoor orientation program is an excellent opportunity for students eager to begin their time at NEC in an exciting adventure where they will learn new things hands on and develop friendships that will last throughout their NEC experience. The trip will start on campus with a luncheon and spend the remainder of day on the NEC low Ropes Course, sleep on tent platforms in the NEC woods, enjoy a campfire, and then depart for a backpacking trip in the White Mountains. The activities will be based on the desires and abilities of the participants.

You will have the opportunity to hike and camp in the NH mountains with experienced Outdoor Education majors and a faculty member who are WFR (wilderness first responder) certified. Please contact Raelyn Viti rviti@nec.edu with questions. The program costs $299 and includes food, transportation, equipment (excluding gear on the packing list), and each participant will receive an Adventure Bound T-Shirt and Water Bottle. Read more.

To register please login to the enrollment portal.

Fall Orientation and Welcome Weekend

  • International Student Move-in – August 22
  • International Student Orientation – August 23/24
  • Incoming students(first-year and transfers) Move-in – August 25
    Athlete’s contact your Coach for your move-in date.
  • Fall Orientation Program –August 25/27
    The fall orientation program is mandatory for all new students living on and off campus.     

Incoming students (first year and transfer) who are not playing a fall sport will move onto campus on Friday, August 25, 2017, with the check-in process beginning at 8:00 a.m. Orientation will take place Friday, August 25 through Sunday, August 27. Classes begin on Monday, August 28.  New students who are commuting are also expected to participate in the fall orientation program.  A complete schedule of events for the weekend will be available on August 1, 2017.

If you are an incoming student and playing a fall sport, you should contact your coach directly to find out your move-in date.

Welcome Weekend is an opportunity for the incoming class to get to know the campus, their peers, and the policies at NEC before starting the semester.

Contact Us

For questions regarding the orientation programs please contact:

Allie Birchmeier, Director of Student Involvement