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Student Engagement

The Office of Student Engagement strives to enhance students’ college experiences by facilitating and encouraging participation in opportunities, programs, and events designed to foster leadership development and the transition into engaged citizenship.

First Year Programs

  • Bridges to Learning and First-year Living-Learning Communities (LLC)
  • Peer Leader Program

Leadership Opportunities

Student Organizations

NEC Traditions

  • Fall Festival Weekend
    Fall Festival weekend is a chance for families of current students and alumni of New England College to come to campus for a weekend of great activities for everyone. This traditionally happens in the fall semester and gives everyone an opportunity to attend home athletic games, attend different entertainment on campus, participate in a variety of activities, and reminisce on college experiences. More information on Fall Festival Weekend can be found here.
  • NEC Takes Over the Peak
    Since 2015 NEC spends a winter afternoon at Pat’s Peak. Students, faculty, and staff enjoy free skiing, snowboarding, tubing, free lessons, and rentals for the day. There are plenty of inside activities as well; music, food, drinks, and bingo.
  • River Day
    Beginning in 2008, River Day, formerly known as “Snow Day in October” is a day in which the administration approves the cancellation of classes, which is meant to be kept a secret from students, faculty, and staff. This event brings our community together for a day of fun activities and events, and gives people an opportunity to take a pause to enjoy everything happening around them. River Day has been held both in the fall and spring semesters, so you never know when it will happen, but it always seems to come at just the right time when everyone could use a break from the daily routine!
  • Late Night Pancake Breakfast
    Come take the stress out of finals week with a late night pancake breakfast, served by the faculty and staff. This event happens at the end of each semester, a not to miss NEC tradition!
  • Up All Night
    Up All Night celebrates the end of the fall academic semester. Student organizations all sponsor a variety of activities for 12 hours of fun on campus, all through the night. Dodgeball, crafts, karaoke, movies, and human foosball are just some of the activities at this event the past few years.
  • Quad Stock
    Sponsored by Res Life and Student Senate, Quad Stock brings live music, food, and inflatables to the quad side of campus each April. It is a not to miss event.
  • Gingerbread Competition
    The Annual Gingerbread Competition is a fun event that allows students to use their creativity to make a structure out of candy and graham crackers. Starting in 2007, this tradition has been kept alive with the generous donations of Goetze Candy and the hard work of faculty and staff on campus. Each year nearly 20 teams of five, or fewer, come together toward the end of the semester to get in the holiday spirit and relieve some stress with this activity. Winning teams receive prizes!


  • Orientation: Pilgrimage and Adventure Bound – New Student Wilderness Trips (NEWT)


Parent/Family Communication

Student Shuttle Services

Community Engagement and Volunteer Programs

Contact Us

Student Engagement,

Kirsten Spooner, Director of Student Engagement

Allyson Birchmeier, Director of First Year Programs