New England College

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New England College
New England College Logo.png
Motto Dura duranda alta petenda
Motto in English
"We work hard to achieve greater heights"
Type Private liberal arts college
Established 1946
Endowment US $9,274,821[1]
President Michele Perkins
Students 2,017[2]
Undergraduates 1,127[2]
Postgraduates 890[2]
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 liberal arts college in Henniker, New Hampshire, enrolling a total of approximately 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students.[2] The college is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges,[3] and offers a variety of associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees.[2]


Founded in 1946,[4] New England College was established to serve the needs of servicemen and women attending college on the G.I. Bill after World War II.[5] During its early years, the college purchased the Torrington Park School for girls in Arundel, in the English county of West Sussex. For a time, the school functioned as an extension campus for NEC students wishing to study abroad; at one point, the college even changed its logo to incorporate the flags of both countries. However, the Arundel campus was later sold. For many years, the Theatre Department sent a group of students over to the British campus during the January term and spring term to prepare three shows for touring in England, Scotland, Wales and sometimes elsewhere in Europe. This was a model program that combined study abroad with practical theatre experience.


Covered bridge on the campus of New England College

NEC is located in the small town of Henniker, New Hampshire, which is located approximately 17 miles (27 km) from Concord, the state's capital, 31 miles (50 km) from Manchester, and 81 miles (130 km) from Boston, Massachusetts.[6] The Contoocook River runs through the center of town and alongside the NEC campus. A covered bridge joins the main campus with roughly 20 acres (8.1 ha) of athletic fields.

The 225-acre (91 ha) campus, which has no distinct borders separating it from the town of Henniker, features 30 buildings, many of which feature white clapboard style siding or 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, and many students participate in outdoor activities such as skiing, snowboarding, whitewater rafting, hiking in the White Mountains, and rock-climbing.[7]


New England College offers 36 bachelor's degree programs, 12 master's degree programs, and 1 doctoral degree program.[6] The college is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.[3] Additionally, the school's Teacher Education Program (as well as the majors in Physical Education, Special Education, Elementary Education, and Secondary Education) are approved by the New Hampshire Department of Education.[8] Currently, the school employs 68 full-time faculty members, and holds a 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio.[2]

Student life[edit]

Aerial view of New England College and Henniker, New Hampshire

The college is home to several student organizations, including various student government committees. Students also publish an award-winning campus newspaper called The New Englander, and operate a campus-based radio station, WNEC-FM.[2] Fraternities and sororities are also an active and vital part of campus life at New England College. The Greek life chapter on campus is the sorority Kappa Delta Phi NAS.


New England College competes in 15 intercollegiate NCAA Division III athletic sports, including soccer, lacrosse, ice hockey, field hockey, softball, baseball, basketball, indoor and outdoor track and field, and cross-country.[9] In 2011, New England College Athletics began competing in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC), after over a decade of membership in The Commonwealth Coast Conference.[10]

Notable persons[edit]

Notable alumni include Academy Award-winning actress Geena Davis, who attended her freshman year at NEC before transferring to Boston University; meteorologist and former weather reporter for CBS's The Saturday Early Show, Ira Joe Fisher; science fiction author Allen Steele; Wallace Stickney, former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under President George H. W. Bush; writer Mariela Griffor; and David C. Arnold, former president and CEO of Softdesk, Inc (an AutoCAD software development company which was purchased by Autodesk in 1997), Mark Lindquist (sculptor).

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