New England College

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New England College
New England College Shield.png
New England College shield
MottoDura duranda alta petenda
Motto in English
"We work hard to achieve greater heights"
TypePrivate, non-profit
Established1946; 74 years ago (1946)
Endowment$14.6 million (2019)[1]
PresidentMichele Perkins
Students2,700[2]
Undergraduates1,200[2]
Postgraduates1,500[2]
Location, ,
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
CampusRural
ColorsRed, blue, and navy
AthleticsNCAA Division III,
New England Collegiate Conference,
New England Hockey Conference,
National Intercollegiate Rugby Association,
Rugby Northeast,
National Association of Collegiate Esports
NicknamePilgrims
AffiliationsNHCUC
MascotPatty the Pilgrim
Websitewww.nec.edu

New England College (NEC) is a private liberal arts college in Henniker, New Hampshire. It enrolls approximately 2,800 undergraduate and graduate students.[2] The college is regionally accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education.[3]

History[edit]

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] In 1970, the college purchased the Tortington 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 closed in 1998.[6] 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.

John Lyons Academic Center

Campus[edit]

NEC is located in the small town of Henniker, New Hampshire, approximately 17 miles (27 km) west of Concord, the state's capital; 31 miles (50 km) northwest of Manchester; and 81 miles (130 km) northwest of Boston.[7] 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.[8]

Academics[edit]

The Institute of Art & Design at New England College in Manchester

New England College offers 9 associate degree programs, 37 bachelor's degree programs, 12 master's degree programs, and one doctoral degree program. The programs are divided into four divisions: the School of Arts & Sciences, the School of Education, the School of Management, and the School of Natural & Social Sciences.[2] The college is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education, and all programs offered by New England College are included in this regional accreditation.[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.[9] Currently, the school employs 40 full-time faculty members and holds a 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio.[2]

The college's business degree programs have received "Candidate for Accreditation" Status by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), which is one of three non-profit business school accrediting agencies recognized by CHEA (Council on Higher Education Accreditation).[10]

Experiential learning—learning by doing—serves as the foundation for NEC's approach to higher education. This approach builds upon what students learn in the classroom. Internships and fieldwork place students side by side with professionals in their chosen fields, giving students real-world application of classroom experiences. NEC also challenges students to reach their full potential through informed discourse and the pursuit of excellence in a framework of academic freedom that reflects the College's values.[11]

Rankings[edit]

University rankings
National
ARWU[12] 120-135
Forbes[13] 201
U.S. News & World Report[14] 107
Washington Monthly[15] 215
Global
ARWU[16] 401-500
QS[17] 751-800
U.S. News & World Report[18] 486

U.S. News & World Report ranks New England College #142-#187 in "Regional Universities - North, Tier 2."[19] New England College ranks tied for 173 on the U.S. News & World Report list for "Best Online Bachelor's Programs"[20] and ranks tied for 86 on the U.S. News & World Report list for Best Online Bachelor's Programs for Veterans.

Student life[edit]

Henniker Bridge connects NEC campus with its athletic fields.

The college is home to 27 student organizations, including various student government committees and Kappa Delta Phi NAS. There were originally five chapters of Greek life: two sororities (Kappa Phi Sigma and Phi Sigma Sigma) and three fraternities (Sigma Phi Delta, Lambda Epsilon Delta, and Sigma Alpha Beta), but those dissolved beginning in the late 2000s. Students also publish an award-winning campus newspaper called The New Englander and operate a campus-based radio station, WNEC-FM.[2]

New England College opened a state-of-the-art esports arena in January 2019. Esports is a growing event that teaches the same skills and talents as other sports: leadership, communication, perseverance, and determination.[21] This club sport at NEC is closely connected to several academic programs, such as Game and Digital Media Design and programs focusing on art, writing, marketing, graphic or website design, science, and strategy.[22]

Diversity[edit]

NEC has been publicly recognized by Time magazine as one of the top 25 colleges in the nation which have diversified their student body the most since 1990.[23] The college strengthened its diversity efforts by establishing an Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI), whose mission is to "provide intentional programs and services which enhance self-awareness, academic success, cross-cultural engagement, as well as encourage individual and collective advocacy." The ODI assists in creating an inclusive campus environment that fosters respect for each person, equity, appreciation for all cultures and promotes diverse ideas within the New England College community. The ODI holds annual events that observe minority communities such as African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian, Native American & LGBTQ students."[24]

Notable speakers and series[edit]

During the 2016 United States presidential primary election, New England College hosted town hall meetings for many invited candidates such as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Senator Marco Rubio, Senator Ted Cruz, and Senator Bernie Sanders.

Every year the President's Speaker Series brings to campus prominent leaders and innovators from business, nonprofits, public policy, and issue-areas for students and members of the NEC and Henniker communities. Among these speakers are former White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card, author and business leader Larry Weber, former CEO of Priceline Jeff Boyd, New Hampshire state senator Sylvia Larsen, former Ohio Governor John Kasich, and New Hampshire’-based inventor and engineer Dean Kamen.

Athletics[edit]

New England Pilgrims
Logo
UniversityNew England College
ConferenceNew England Collegiate Conference,
New England Hockey Conference,
National Intercollegiate Rugby Association,
New England Rugby Football Union
NCAADivision III
Athletic directorDave DeCew
LocationHenniker, New Hampshire
Varsity teams19 (9 men's, 10 women's)
Basketball arenaBridges Gym (also volleyball and wrestling)
Ice hockey arenaLee Clement Arena
Baseball stadiumLaurie Cox Memorial Fields (also rugby)
Old Concord Road (softball)
Soccer stadiumDon Melander Field (also field hockey and lacrosse)
MascotPatty
NicknamePilgrims
ColorsNavy, Grey, White, and Red
       
Websiteathletics.nec.edu

New England College's Pilgrims compete in 19 intercollegiate NCAA Division III athletic sports, including soccer, lacrosse, ice hockey, field hockey, softball, baseball, basketball, cross-country, wrestling, volleyball, rugby, and alpine skiing.[25] The Pilgrims compete in the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC). They were previously members of the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) from 2011 to 2018 and the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) from 1989 to 2011.[26]

Men's Teams Women's Teams
Team Conference Venue Head Coach Team Conference Venue Head Coach
Alpine skiing USCSA Pat's Peak Robert Millard Alpine skiing USCSA Pat's Peak Robert Millard
Baseball NECC Laurie Cox Memorial Fields Terry Doyle Basketball NECC Bridges Gym Erica Ledy
Basketball NECC Bridges Gym Charlie Mason Cross country NECC - Steve Kraytenberg
Cross country NECC - Colton Ham Field hockey NECC Don Melander Field Carly Sweeney
Golf NECC - Travis Banga Ice hockey NEHC Lee Clement Arena Mackenzie Meegan
Ice hockey NEHC Lee Clement Arena Tom Carroll Lacrosse NECC Don Melander Field Megan Leo
Lacrosse NECC Don Melander Field Jedd Brown Rugby NIRA Laurie Cox Memorial Fields Tom Campbell
Soccer NECC Don Melander Field Brad Campion Soccer NECC Don Melander Field Paul Vazquez
Wrestling NEWA Bridges Gym Robert Watson-Powell Softball NECC Old Concord Road Ben Master
Volleyball NECC Bridges Gym Kirsten Morrison

Club sports[edit]

Men's Teams Women's Teams
Team Conference Venue Head Coach Team Conference Venue Head Coach
Esports NECC Simon Center Tyrelle Appleton Cheerleading - - -
Ice hockey - Lee Clement Arena Tom Zervos Esports NECC Simon Center Tyrelle Appleton
Rugby NERFU/NCR Laurie Cox Memorial Fields Chi Li

Accomplishments[edit]

Baseball[edit]

  • 2018–19 NECC Conference Champions

Basketball[edit]

Men's

  • 2017–18 NAC Conference Champions
  • 2019-20 NECC Conference Champions

Women's

Cross country[edit]

Men's

  • 2011–12 NAC Conference Champions

Women's

  • 2013–14 NAC Conference Champions

Field hockey[edit]

  • 1997–98 CCC Conference Champions
  • 1999–00 CCC Conference Champions
  • 2000–01 CCC Conference Champions
  • 2002–03 CCC Conference Champions
  • 2003–04 CCC Conference Champions
  • 2004–05 CCC Conference Champions
  • 2005–06 CCC Conference Champions
  • 2006–07 CCC Conference Champions
  • 2007–08 CCC Conference Champions
  • 2008–09 CCC Conference Champions

Ice hockey[edit]

Men's

  • 2000–01 NEHC Conference Champions
  • 2004–05 NEHC Conference Champions

Lacrosse[edit]

Men's

  • 1997–98 CCC Conference Champions
  • 1998–99 CCC Conference Champions
  • 1999–00 CCC Conference Champions
  • 2004–05 CCC Conference Champions
  • 2011–12 NAC Conference Champions
  • 2013–14 NAC Conference Champions
  • 2015–16 NAC Conference Champions
  • 2016–17 NAC Conference Champions
  • 2017–18 NAC Conference Champions
  • 2018–19 NECC Conference Champions
  • 2018–19 NAC Conference Champions

Women's

  • 2000–01 CCC Conference Champions
  • 2003–04 CCC Conference Champions
  • 2018–19 NECC Conference Champions

Rugby[edit]

Men's

  • 1981 Founded by Jay Gardner
  • 1984 Lyndon State Snowbowl Winner
  • 1985 Joined New England Collegiate Rugby Union
  • 1985 New England Collegiate Championships at Harvard University | First Ever For New England
  • 1987 10-1 Record
  • 1999 NERFU Championships 1st Place Finish - Co-Champions
  • 2000 NERFU Championships 1st Place Finish
  • 2013 NSCRO 7's Third Place Finish
  • 2013 NSCRO National Champions Cup 15s Third Place Finish
  • 2014 NSCRO 7's National Champions [27]
  • 2014 NSCRO National Champions Cup 15s Runner-up
  • 2015 NSCRO 7's National Championships Runner-up
  • 2015 NSCRO National Champions Cup 15s Champions
  • 2016 USA Rugby College 7s D1AA National Championships | 11th Place Finish
  • 2017 Las Vegas Invitational 7s Men's College D1 CRC Qualifier Division | Pool Winners | Quarterfinalists, Cup Consolation

Soccer[edit]

Men's

  • 1989–90 CCC Conference Champions
  • 2016–17 NAC Conference Champions

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable alumni include:

Notes and references[edit]

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  10. ^ "ACBSP | Member Status |". Acbsp.org. Retrieved January 28, 2018.
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  13. ^ "America's Top Colleges 2019". Forbes. Retrieved August 15, 2019.
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  15. ^ "2020 National University Rankings". Washington Monthly. Retrieved August 31, 2020.
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  17. ^ "QS World University Rankings® 2021". Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2020. Retrieved June 10, 2020.
  18. ^ "2021 Best Global Universities Rankings". U.S. News & World Report LP. Retrieved October 20, 2020.
  19. ^ "New England College | Best Colleges | US News". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved January 27, 2018.
  20. ^ "New England College | Best Online Programs | US News". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved January 27, 2018.
  21. ^ "New England College". New England College. 2019-01-24. Retrieved 2019-05-29.
  22. ^ "New England College". New England College. Retrieved 2019-05-29.
  23. ^ "New England College | Top Diverse Colleges | Time Magazine". Time Magazine. Retrieved January 28, 2018.
  24. ^ "New England College | Office of Diversity and Inclusion |". Retrieved January 28, 2018.
  25. ^ "Official Athletics Website". New England College Athletics. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  26. ^ "NEC Athletics to Join North Atlantic Conference". New England College Athletics. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  27. ^ "National Small College Rugby Organization LLC: NSCRO 7s: NSCRO 7s National Championship Results". 1 June 2014. Archived from the original on 6 June 2014. Retrieved 2014-06-03.

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