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The College

A Creative and Supportive Learning Environment

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. 

Small College, Big Academic Tradition

New England College is a regionally accredited, private college located in Henniker, New Hampshire, a classic New England village just 20 minutes from Concord, the state capital, and 90 minutes from Boston, Massachusetts. NEC is committed to experiential learning that promotes civic engagement and social responsibility. The Office of Engaged Learning supports academic programs and co-curricular activities, providing students with many opportunities to become actively involved in their educational experiences in communities beyond the campus. The result is a creative and supportive learning community that challenges individuals to transform themselves and the world.

NEC traces its roots to the 1940s when service men and women returning home from World War II were eager to get their education with the help of funding from the new GI Bill. Academic visionary and entrepreneur Boone Tillet chose Henniker as the perfect site for a new college dedicated to educating returning veterans. In 1946, NEC welcomed its first class of 67 men and one woman. After only three years, enrollment at NEC had more than quadrupled, growth that continued over the next 60 years as the college attracted students from all walks of life and added new programs, faculty and campus facilities.

Today, NEC is home to approximately 1,050 undergraduate and 1,400 graduate students representing 33 states and more than 24 countries. NEC employs nearly 400 employees, including 68 full-time faculty, 76% of whom hold terminal degrees. The college’s values and student-first approach have attracted business pioneers, noted public servants, successful writers and performers who are proud to be included among NEC’s distinguished alumni.

The entrepreneurship that was a driving force in NEC’s origin continues to play a significant role in the college's philosophy and educational programming today.

Pilgrim Pride Matters

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.


New England College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC), the nation’s oldest accrediting association, through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (209 Burlington Rd., Suite 201, Bedford, MA 01730-1433; telephone number: 781-271-0022).