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New England College is a small, private, higher learning institution founded in 1946. It is located in Henniker, New Hampshire, which has a welcoming community environment entirely encompassed by beauty and nature. Pats Peak Ski Area is just outside of town, along with nearby forests and outdoor adventures. The college is also not far from Concord and Manchester if you’re looking for metropolitan experiences, as well as the Vermont and Massachusetts borders. Overall, the student population is around half undergraduate students and half graduate students. Program participants come from all corners of the US and the world.

Overview of New England College

Since its inception, the college has focused on the principle of learning-by-doing paired with theory, exceptional principles, diversity, and inclusion. Students can pursue degrees at nearly any level such as undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees. It’s possible to complete degrees in any number of fields of study including philosophy, business, and more. Within these programs, along with exceptional education, students will learn about service, social responsibility, and civic engagement.

Military members, both active and veterans, have access to all on-campus and online programs as well as the Yellow Ribbon Program. To enhance their overall academic experience, all students can attend and participate in several academic, career, and personal centers, as well as a theater and college convention.

General Information

School Type Private not-for-profit
Campus Setting Rural: Distant
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 15:1
Graduation Rate 29%
Year Founded 1946

Student Enrollment

Total Students3,527


Undergraduate Student

Male 762
Female 1,096

Graduate Student

Male 684
Female 985

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Male 3,825
Female 6,187


Male 3,825
Female 6,187

Acceptance Rate100%

Male 100%
Female 100%

Enrollment 501

Male 222
Female 279
Application Fee NA
High School GPA Recommended
High School Rank Required
High School Transcripts NA
College Prep Courses Recommended
Recommendations Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline June 1
Common Application Accepted Yes

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

Undergraduate students can expect a price tag of $38,670 regardless of state of residence. Up to $19,000 should also be allotted to pay for basic living expenses in the region. Fortunately, New England College works to ensure that 100% of students receive scholarships directly from the college to help make the higher learning experience more affordable. These efforts help to reduce the average net price, the cost after financial aid is applied, to $29,369 each year.

Many students also decide to secure work-study or part-time work as they study. Internships are yet another way that students can gain relevant work experience while earning extra income and military students are eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program, designed to help eliminate many out-of-pocket expenses at colleges and universities for active duty and veteran military.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $29,369
Average Total Aid $24,759
Students Receiving Financial Aid 99%
Room & Board $15,915

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $38,670
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $38,670
  • Books and Supplies - $1,000
  • Room & Board - $15,915
  • Other - $2,000


NEC has a wealth of academic opportunities. There are over 100 programs between the two campuses and online. Students can pursue four degree levels, which are an associate degree, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. You can also pursue professional studies, continuing education, teacher certification, and a summer institute for educators. Throughout the degree levels are 37 degree programs, as well as immersive study away trips.

The college even has specialized programs for service members including homeland security and emergency preparedness, international relations and diplomacy, international relations and strategic leadership. All programs are presented in a personal manner so that students have the one-on-one attention students require to succeed.

Programs also offer flexibility and hands-on experience to meet the needs of today’s busy student lives, which is particularly ideal for continuing education and active service members. Academics are centered around art and design, education, humanities, management, and natural and social sciences. And the school has a variety of partnership programs for military students and study away trips, which are available both in the US and other countries.

At NEC, the student-to-faculty ratio is 1 to 15. There is an overall retention rate for undergraduate students of 58%. Students can expect a four-year graduation rate of 23% and a six-year graduation rate of 32%. These rates are quite a bit lower than national averages. Some reasons for lower numbers could be due to the fact active service members may take longer to graduate when they are called away and that many students choose to work as they pursue degrees. Military and part-time students may also transfer to another school before graduation.

Student Population Total

Student Population 3,527

Evening Classes : NA
Online Learning : NA

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

Visual and Performing Arts 79 Total Graduates / 23%
Fine/Studio Arts, General 26 Graduates
Illustration 25 Graduates
Photography 10 Graduates
Design and Visual Communications, General 9 Graduates
All Business Majors 68 Total Graduates / 19%
Business Administration and Management, General 40 Graduates
Accounting 14 Graduates
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 9 Graduates
Finance, General 3 Graduates
All Psychology Majors 45 Total Graduates / 13%
Psychology, General 23 Graduates
Clinical Psychology 16 Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 39 Total Graduates / 11%
Criminal Justice/Police Science 34 Graduates
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 2 Graduates
Crisis/Emergency/Disaster Management 2 Graduates
Security and Loss Prevention Services 1 Graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 32 Total Graduates / 9%
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 28 Graduates
Medical Informatics 3 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 25%

Outcome & Salary

The Office of Career and Life Planning was created to provide NEC students with advantages over students from other programs during their job search. Students will have access to career-boosting programs, tools, and resources such as advising, mentoring, career counseling, and educational programming. Also available are assistance with effective interviewing, resume and cover letter writing, and networking.

Each program participant will be able to search for part-time jobs, full-time jobs, and internships through custom programs. They can utilize career development services, as well as career advice podcasts, documents, and videos. The office also helps to arrange and provide support for study abroad programs and the 12,000 members of the alumni association provide connections and assistance to students in a variety of ways.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $45,700
College Grads Average Salary $64,257
College Grads Mid Career Salary $68,200
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $642,570
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,324,570
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $117,476
10 Year Projected ROI $525,094
20 Year Projected ROI $1,207,094
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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