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Accepted Student Days: Get to Know New England College

Everything has led to this moment. College has been dreamed about and hoped for. The applications have been completed, and the acceptance letters have started to arrive. Maybe you and your student have whittled the contenders down to a short list of two or three colleges. And now comes the moment to choose The One.

Choosing the right college is a big decision, and sometimes a hard decision. New England College understands that. We host Accepted Student Days to make the decision easier by giving students and their families the opportunity to get to know us better.

Accepted Student Days offer a glimpse into life at New England College—just like regular campus visits—but in more detail. You’ll see what makes NEC unique and all the ways to find your place here. You’ll meet faculty, staff, and current students; learn about our most popular academic programs; and talk with campus resources that are committed to helping students succeed at NEC.

We want to help you make an informed decision so that when you choose New England College, you’ll know you’ve made the right choice.

Before Accepted Student Day

We can’t wait to meet you and show you around campus. But before you arrive, it’s important to make a list of all the college experiences that are important to you and the things you want to learn about NEC while you’re here. Here’s a list to get you started.

1. Academic Programs
Some students have known for years what they want to study, and some are still figuring it out. Either way is fine, and we’re happy to help students explore our programs.

2. Athletics
Student-athletes make an impact at NEC. In fact, almost 40 percent of our students compete in one of our 19 NCAA Division III sports.

3. Campus Convenience
New England College offers the best of both worlds: a charming New England community with proximity to cities in New Hampshire and beyond. Our students have plenty of options to keep them busy.

4. Campus Feel
Even when it’s cold outside, our campus is warm and friendly. But we encourage accepted students to interact with current students, faculty, and staff for themselves to get a feel for our community.

5. Civic Engagement
If civic awareness and involvement are important to you, you’ve come to the right place. This is part of our DNA, and students find many platforms for their voices.

6. Dining Options
Let’s face it: college students love food. To feed their appetites, students can enjoy both healthy and comforting options across campus, from Gilmore Dining Hall and the Tortington Arms Pub to Simon Café and our Starbucks Café.

7. Diversity and Inclusion
As the most diverse college campus in New Hampshire, NEC is committed to fostering a welcoming and respectful environment where everyone learns with and from each other.

8. Experiential Learning
Do you want real-world application of what you’re learning in the classroom? NEC believes the world is your classroom, and our Study Away opportunities take students to Belize, China, Belgium, Ireland, Italy, and more.

9. Financial Aid
College is one of the most significant investments you’ll make. Our counselors will walk you through the steps to make NEC happen.

10. New England Living
New Hampshire’s natural beauty, displayed over four distinct seasons, provides activities for everyone, from hiking and mountain biking to winter sports and trips to the Seacoast.

11. Residential Life
College will be your “home away from home” for the next four years, and residential life plays a big role in your success.

12. Student Engagement
A full college experience is more than maintaining a full class schedule. NEC encourages student engagement through a variety of organizations and activities—from first-year programs to organizations that supplement academic programs or indulge personal interests.

13. Student Success
Grades aren’t the only thing that determine college success. NEC helps students become independent, motivated, and successful learners. Our resources include Career and Life Planning, Disability Services, Mentoring Program, Tutoring Center, Veteran Services, and more.

14. Theatre and Art
Some students see theatre and art as ways to express themselves or ways to change the world. As the New Hampshire Institute of Art merges into NEC, students will find more studios and more ways to find and develop their artistic voices.

15. Your Own Priorities
What else do you want to know more about while you’re on campus? Make a list and bring it with you; we’d love to answer your questions.

During Accepted Student Day

Enjoy being on campus. Meet other accepted students, start making new friends, and see yourself at NEC.

And if you know that day that New England College is the place for you, go ahead and pay your deposit to save your spot.

After Accepted Student Day

You may leave NEC’s campus still undecided about which school is the right one for you. And that’s okay. But once you’ve chosen New England College, here are some steps to take.

1. Save your spot.
Submit your $300 deposit, and we’ll add your name to the fall freshman class. Pay online with your PayPal account or a credit/debit card.

Enter Student’s Name:

Or mail a check (made payable to New England College) and your enrollment form to

New England College
Office of Admission
98 Bridge Street
Henniker, NH 03242

After you have paid your deposit:

2. Fill out your FAFSA for financial aid.
The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the only application you need to complete to be considered for all financial aid at NEC. Complete your application at www.fafsa.gov and enter New England College’s Federal school code 002579. If you have any questions, visit Student Financial Services or contact them at 603.428.2226 or sfs@nec.edu.

3. Sign in to the enrollment portal, MyNEC, and your NEC webmail.
The portal contains everything you need to finalize your acceptance at NEC: course survey, emergency contact form, health forms, housing survey, meal plan selection, and vehicle registration. MyNEC provides a summary of your financial aid package. Your NEC email is your access to Blackboard, an app you’ll use for your courses. Use the login information you received via email.

4. Decline your acceptance at other colleges.

5. Call yourself an NEC Pilgrim!
And consider attending one of our three Pilgrimages (summer orientations): June 28, July 11, or July 12. You’ll meet with faculty and academic advisors and start forming bonds with fellow NEC students.


Here’s what accepted students and their families are saying about Accepted Student Days:

I hadn’t been to New England College before, so I liked getting to see the dorms and all the activity on campus. My family and I did everything we wanted to do.”

—accepted student from MA

We can buy books today, and she can start studying now. But seriously, it’s so good to be on campus and learn more about New England College. I know that NEC is going to take care of my student.”

—mother from NH

I feel like we know the school well now. We’ve been here for two days, it’s been good to see so much of New England College.”

—father from Toronto, Canada