New England College

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New England College
New England College Logo.png
MottoDura duranda alta petenda
Motto in English
"We work hard to achieve greater heights"
TypePrivate, non-profit
Endowment$11.6 million (2016)[1]
PresidentDr. Michele D. Perkins
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
ColorsRed, Blue and Navy
AthleticsNCAA Division III, New England Collegiate Conference, New England Hockey Conference, Rugby Northeast Conference
MascotPatty the Pilgrim

New England College (NEC) is a private college in Henniker, New Hampshire. It enrolls approximately 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students.[2] The college is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.[3]


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 on the New England College campus


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, Massachusetts.[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]


New England College offers 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 & the School of Natural & Social Sciences.[2] 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.[9] Currently, the school employs 40 full-time faculty members and holds a 13:1 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]

New England College emphasizes experiential learning as an essential component in the development of an enduring academic community. Building upon a strong liberal arts foundation, the College challenges its 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]


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

U.S. News & World Report ranks New England College #146-#187 in "Regional Universities - North, Tier 2."[19] The college also ranked tied for 107th out of 1,388 on the U.S. News & World Report lists for "Best Online Bachelor's Degree Programs."[20]

Student life[edit]

Henniker Bridge connects NEC campus with its athletic fields.

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 & fraternity Phi Mu Delta. 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 were eradicated through the years, beginning in the late 2000s.


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.[21] 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 will assist in creating an inclusive campus environment that fosters respect for each person, equity, appreciation for all cultures, and promote 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."[22]

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 community. Among these speakers are former White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card, author and business leader Larry Weber, former CEO of Priceline Jeff Boyd, and New Hampshire state senator Sylvia Larsen.


New England College's Pilgrims compete in 18 intercollegiate NCAA Division III athletic sports, including soccer, lacrosse, ice hockey, field hockey, softball, baseball, basketball, cross-country, wrestling, volleyball, and others.[23] The Pilgrims have competed in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) since 2011. In 2018 they will depart the NAC for the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC). From 1989-2011 NEC was a member of the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC).[24]

Men's Teams Women's Teams
Alpine Skiing Alpine Skiing
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Cross Country
Cross Country Field Hockey
Ice Hockey Ice Hockey
Lacrosse Lacrosse
Rugby Rugby (2019/20)
Soccer Soccer
Wrestling Softball

Club sports[edit]

Men's Teams Women's Teams
Esports Esports




  • 2017-18 NAC Conference Champions


  • 1992-93 CCC Conference Champions
  • 2018-19 NECC Conference Champions

Cross country[edit]


  • 2011-12 NAC Conference Champions


  • 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]


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



  • 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


  • 2000-01 CCC Conference Champions
  • 2003-04 CCC Conference Champions



  • 2013 NSCRO Champions Cup Third Place Finish
  • 2014 NSCRO 7's National Champions [25]
  • 2014 NSCRO Champions Cup Runner-up
  • 2015 NSCRO 7's Runner-up
  • 2015 NSCRO Champions Cup Champions



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

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable alumni include:

Notes and references[edit]

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  6. ^ "Tortington Manor History".
  7. ^ "New England College". New England College. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  8. ^ "New England College". New England College. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  9. ^ "New England College". New England College. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  10. ^ "ACBSP | Member Status". Retrieved January 28, 2018.
  11. ^ "New England College". New England College. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  12. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018: USA". Shanghai Ranking Consultancy. Retrieved November 19, 2018.
  13. ^ "America's Top Colleges 2018". Forbes. Retrieved November 19, 2018.
  14. ^ "Best Colleges 2019: National Universities Rankings". U.S. News & World Report. November 19, 2018.
  15. ^ "2018 Rankings - National Universities". Washington Monthly. Retrieved November 19, 2018.
  16. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018". Shanghai Ranking Consultancy. 2018. Retrieved November 19, 2018.
  17. ^ "QS World University Rankings® 2018". Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2017. Retrieved November 19, 2018.
  18. ^ "Best Global Universities Rankings: 2019". U.S. News & World Report LP. Retrieved November 19, 2018.
  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 | Top Diverse Colleges | Time Magazine". Time Magazine. Retrieved January 28, 2018.
  22. ^ "New England College | Office of Diversity and Inclusion". Retrieved January 28, 2018.
  23. ^ "Official Athletics Website". New England College Athletics. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  24. ^ "NEC Athletics to Join North Atlantic Conference". New England College Athletics. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  25. ^ "National Small College Rugby Organization LLC: NSCRO 7s: NSCRO 7s National Championship Results". 1 June 2014. Retrieved 2014-06-03.

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