New England College

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New England College
Nec logo.jpg
Motto Dura duranda alta petenda
Motto in English "We work hard to achieve greater heights"
Established 1946
Type Private liberal arts college
Endowment US $7,313,220[1]
President Michele Perkins
Students 2,011[2]
Undergraduates 1,118
Postgraduates 1,000
Location Henniker, New Hampshire, United States
43°10′34″N 71°49′20″W / 43.17611°N 71.82222°W / 43.17611; -71.82222Coordinates: 43°10′34″N 71°49′20″W / 43.17611°N 71.82222°W / 43.17611; -71.82222
Campus Rural
Colors Red, Blue and Navy
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Cross-country, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Ice Hockey, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer and Softball
Nickname Pilgrims
Mascot Patty the Pilgrim
Affiliations NCAA Division III, The Commonwealth Coast Conference, Eastern College Athletic Conference, North Atlantic Conference

New England College (NEC) is a private four-year liberal arts college in Henniker, New Hampshire, enrolling a total of approximately 2200 undergraduate and graduate students. The college is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, and offers a variety of associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees.


The school was created in 1946[1] for students attending college on the G.I. Bill after World War II. The college purchased the Torrington Park School for girls in Arundel, England in the region of Sussex and it functioned as an extension campus for a semester abroad for junior and senior students. For a protracted period of time the college embraced this association and changed the logo of the school to include the flags of both countries. This program was later abandoned.


The Contoocook River runs through the center of the Henniker village and alongside the campus. A covered bridge joins the main campus with roughly 20 acres (8.1 ha) of athletic fields. The 225 acre campus features 30 buildings. The large majority of buildings on campus consist of white Garrison clapboard style, and brick mid-century architecture. The campus is known throughout New England for promoting Environmental Education initiatives. Pats Peak ski resort lies just outside the village center. The unique aspect of the college environment is the fact that there are no defined borders between the small town of Henniker and the campus.


Aerial view of New England College and Henniker, New Hampshire

The school accepted 65% of its total number of applicants in 2012. The school offers associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees.[2] It is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education to award the bachelor's and master's degrees.[3] The teacher education program is approved by the New Hampshire Department of Education. The Henniker Review is the school's annual literary publication.

Student Life[edit]

There are several student organizations, including various student government committees, Adventure Bound Outdoor Leadership, Environmental Action Committee (EAC), the International Student Association, and Hillel. Students also publish an award-winning campus newspaper called The New Englander as well as operate an online streaming campus radio station WNEC-FM. Fraternities and sororities are also an active and vital part of New England College campus life. The Greek life chapters on campus are Phi Mu Delta and Kappa Delta Phi NAS.


Dr. Michelle Perkins was appointed president in 2007, and her tenure as president has been highlighted by renewed strategic and campus planning, curriculum innovation, compensation review, financial well-being, and enhanced external support. She also has led an integrated process of optimal enrollment planning, and New England College has grown to over 2,000 students, the highest enrollment in the College’s history. The College is nationally recognized for its programs in civic engagement and experiential learning. Dr. Perkins began her service to the College in the fall of 2001 as Vice President for Enrollment. Two years later, as Senior Vice President, her responsibilities included all areas of admission, financial aid, student accounts, student development (including residential life, athletics, health and counseling, safety, career counseling, and academic support), registrar, and public information.


The New England College "Pilgrims" compete in 15 intercollegiate NCAA Division III athletic sports, including lacrosse, soccer, ice hockey, field hockey, softball, baseball, basketball, cross-country, and indoor and outdoor track and field teams.[4]

New England College Athletics begins competing in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) starting fall of 2011, after over a decade of membership in The Commonwealth Coast Conference.[5]

Notable persons[edit]

Notable alumni include Geena Davis, Academy Award and Golden Globe-winning American actress who attended her freshman year before transferring to Boston University, Ira Joe Fisher, formerly a weather reporter for CBS's The Saturday Early Show, Allen Steele, Jr., a science fiction author, Wallace Stickney, Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under President George H. W. Bush, and writer Mariela Griffor. Other alumni include David C. Arnold, president and CEO of Softdesk, Inc, an AutoCAD software development company.

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