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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 first year students with concurrent programming for parent(s)/guardians. There is no fee to attend.

There are three dates to choose from. Register for the date that works best for you.

Once you are registered, all that’s left to do is attend! Check-in for the Pilgrimage will open at 8:00 a.m., and our program will begin at 9:00 a.m. Please plan to arrive within that window so that you don’t miss anything. We will offer a program for both students and family members, so we encourage all to attend. See a sample student Pilgrimage schedule and a sample parent/family Pilgrimage schedule. The program will conclude at 3:30 p.m.

Please take a moment to learn about construction that may affect your travel plans.

Families who wish to stay in the area before, or after, the program may 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. 

NEWT – New England College Wilderness Trips

Pre-orientation wilderness trip for first-year students | August 19-22, 2019

Excited to get your college career started and meet new friends? Adventure Bound offers a NEWT program specifically for first-year NEC students. This program is run and led by our students who are trained in backpacking, wilderness medicine, facilitation, and leadership. NEWT is open to students of all abilities and is a great opportunity to enjoy the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire. Students will spend one night in the NEC woods, and three days backpacking (averaging 3-6 miles a day).

Register today!

Fall Orientation and Welcome Weekend

Incoming students (first year and transfer) who are not playing a fall sport will move onto campus on Friday, August 23, 2019. Orientation will take place Friday, August 23 through Sunday, August 25.  Classes begin on Monday, August 26.  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, 2019. 

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 First Year Programs