Students in these New England College (NEC) online undergraduate degree programs are immersed in an open, inviting learning environment where they are part of a larger academic community. Through the technology and support services of University Alliance, these programs offer an opportunity to experience the same comprehensive, high-quality curricula and student-focused approach to education as traditional on-campus students.
An integral part of the overall education experience at NEC is athletics and the sense of spirit, community and pride our NEC Pilgrims inspire. NEC’s athletic programs are designed to help students develop and strive for team and individual excellence and to carry what they learn about fair play, sportsmanship, gender equity and a true respect for self and others into their educational, personal and professional pursuits.
A member of the NCAA Division III, NEC sponsors 13 varsity sports including: field hockey, women's soccer, men's soccer, men's cross-country, women's cross-country, women's basketball, men's basketball, men's ice hockey, women's ice hockey, women's indoor track, men's indoor track, women's outdoor track, men's outdoor track, baseball, softball, women's lacrosse and men's lacrosse. The Pilgrims have been competitive in both The Commonwealth Coast Conference (TCCC) and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), winning several conference championships and earning 13 NCAA Tournament appearances over the past 11 years. In 2010-11, NEC produced two All-Americans and 24 All-Conference selections, including ECAC East Goalie of the Year and three TCCC Players of the Year. The Pilgrims excel in the classroom as well with 47 All-Academic student-athletes encompassing all 13 sports.