New England College

New England College
New England College
Motto Dura duranda alta petenda
Motto in English "We work hard to achieve greater heights"
Established 1946
Type Private
Endowment US $7,313,220[1]
President Michele Perkins
Students 1,460[2]
Undergraduates 1,065
Postgraduates 395
Location Henniker, New Hampshire, 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
Campus Rural
Colors Red, Blue and Navy
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Cross-country, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Ice Hockey, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer and Softball
Nickname Pilgrims
Mascot Patty the Pilgrim
Affiliations NCAA Division III, The Commonwealth Coast Conference, Eastern College Athletic Conference, North Atlantic Conference

New England College (NEC) is a private four-year college in Henniker, New Hampshire, enrolling a total of approximately 1800 undergraduate and graduate students.



The school was created in 1946[1] for students attending college on the G.I. Bill after World War II, and the rural[1] 26-acre (110,000 m2) campus features 30 buildings.


The Contoocook River runs through the center of the Henniker village and alongside the campus. A covered bridge joins the main campus with roughly 20 acres (8.1 ha) of athletic fields.


Aerial view of New England College and Henniker, New Hampshire

The school accepted 76% of its total number of applicants in 2008.[1] The school offers associate's, bachelor's, and master's degrees.[2] It is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education to award the bachelor's and master's degrees.[3] The teacher education program is approved by the New Hampshire Department of Education. The Henniker Review is the school's annual literary publication.

Student life

There are several student organizations, including various student government committees, Adventure Bound Outdoor Leadership, Environmental Action Committee (EAC), the International Student Association, and Hillel. Students also publish an award-winning campus newspaper called The New Englander as well as operate an online streaming campus radio station WNEC-FM. Fraternities and sororities are also an active and vital part of New England College campus life. The Greek life chapters on campus are Alpha Phi Omega (co-ed), Phi Mu Delta, and Kappa Delta Phi NAS.


The New England College "Pilgrims" compete in 15 intercollegiate NCAA Division III athletic sports, including lacrosse, soccer, ice hockey, field hockey, softball, baseball, basketball, cross-country, and indoor and outdoor track and field teams.[4]

New England College Athletics begins competing in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) starting fall of 2011, after over a decade of membership in The Commonwealth Coast Conference.[5]

Notable persons

Notable alumni include Geena Davis, Academy Award and Golden Globe-winning American actress who attended her freshman year before transferring to Boston University, Ira Joe Fisher, formerly a weather reporter for CBS's The Saturday Early Show, Allen Steele, Jr., a science fiction author, Wallace Stickney, Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under President George H. W. Bush, and writer Mariela Griffor. Other alumni include David C. Arnold, president and CEO of Softdesk, Inc, an AutoCAD software development company.

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