New England College Reports Record Enrollment with Expansion to Manchester
New England College (NEC) begins classes this fall with new students on campuses in Henniker and Manchester, NH, following the incorporation of the former New Hampshire Institute of Art and the establishment of the Institute of Art and Design at NEC (Institute). Approximately 545 new students have enrolled at the College: 440 at the main campus in Henniker and 105 at the Institute in Manchester. For the combined campuses, new student enrollment is on budget, up approximately 6% over last year. At well over 400 new students, the Henniker campus remains in record enrollment territory for the third year in a row. The College estimates combined undergraduate enrollment will reach 1,345, the highest in the College’s history.
“With our successful merger now complete, the Institute of Art and Design will provide expanded intellectual and artistic opportunities for all our students, those enrolled in arts majors and those seeking exposure to art history, photography, game design, or other fields,” commented NEC President Michele Perkins.
While many institutions struggle with declining enrollment, NEC continues to grow and expand its student population, faculty, staff, and facilities. Equally important, NEC attracts one of the most diverse student populations in New Hampshire and across the region, with 36% of enrolled students from minority communities. NEC students are geographically diverse as well, with incoming students from as near as New England, including 163 from New Hampshire, and the New York metropolitan area and from as far as California, Hawaii, Maryland, Michigan, Texas, and Florida. For the 2019-2020 academic year, the College will also welcome a significant number of international students from Canada, Finland, India, Jamaica, Japan, Nigeria, Russia, Spain, and Sweden.
“The Institute is just one element of our long-standing, strategic goal of increasing student enrollment, both in-person and online,” Perkins added. “NEC recruitment campaigns— launched across the country and around the world— have attracted a large, diverse group of students to New England College. And an expanded student body allows us to increase academic choice, grow athletic programs, and emphasize student engagement. Further, the Putnam Center for the Performing Arts, which will make its debut in early 2020, and new athletic and student housing facilities which will open soon after, will allow us to better serve and support our students and their varied interests.”
A strong financial foundation allows NEC to engage students in need, by offering scholarships and grants that make college accessible and affordable. With continued enrollment growth in sight, the College is poised to raise over $40 million in its first ever capital campaign, which will conclude next spring.
“As we begin our 73rd year, we remain committed to preparing students for success in their careers and in their lives,” said Perkins. “We will continue to embrace the liberal arts while incorporating experiential learning in small classroom settings, taught by our talented and supportive faculty. The future is very bright for New England College.”
Students will gather at Convocation on the Simon Green in Henniker at 3:00 PM on Friday, August 23. New England College will welcome new and returning students for the first full day of classes on August 26.