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New England College is a private, nonprofit college located in Henniker, New Hampshire. Founded in 1946, the school was originally established to serve the needs of servicemen and women attending college on the GI Bill after World War II. Today, their mission is to be "a creative and supportive learning community that challenges individuals to transform themselves and their world."

With 36 bachelor's degrees, 12 master's degrees and one doctoral program, New England College is a classical liberal arts college that aims to provide experiential learning to all its students. This is a cross-platform goal, being the case whether students are in its physical programs or if they are one of the 600+ students enrolled in online continuing education programs. According to the college's website, its mission is guided by the following nine values:

  • Imaginative, innovative and creative approaches to all endeavors
  • Respect for self in the development of personal, social, physical and intellectual abilities
  • Caring and collaborative relationships among members of our community
  • Respect for the varied qualities of individuals, communities and the world
  • An appreciation of beauty and elegance in the search for truth
  • Inquiry into and the pursuit of social justice
  • Ethical and responsible citizenship, including service to the community
  • The pursuit of ecological sustainability
  • Continuous learning and a lifetime of personal achievement

New England College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. Additionally, NEC's Teacher Education Program -- as well as majors in Physical Education, Special Education, Elementary Education and Secondary Education -- are approved by the New Hampshire Department of Education.


New England College is ranked by US News & World Report in the following categories:

  • Best Online Graduate Education Program ranking #125
  • Best Online Graduate Business Programs (excluding MBA) ranking #61
  • Best Online MBA Programs ranking #126
  • Best Online Bachelor Degree Education Program ranking #131

Additionally, NEC has a "Top Military-Friendly University" designation, a Military-Friendly Schools® designation, and is part of the Yellow Ribbon Program to help students avoid some or all of the out-of-pocket tuition and fees associated with education programs that may exceed the Post-9/11 GI Bill tuition benefit. Finally, NEC is part of Project Pericles, intended to foster civic engagement, and is also affiliated with the statewide science initiative New Hampshire IDeA Network of Biological Research Excellence (NH-INBRE).

Cost to attend

Cost of attendance at New England College depends on whether a student is attending in person or is in one of the school's online degree programs, as well as whether the student is classified as a graduate or undergraduate student. According to publicly available data from the NEC website, Undergraduate tuition and fees are $16,983 for a semester or $33,966 for the academic year for 2015-2016. Graduate tuition varies depending on the program. For example, the estimated total program cost for a Master of Education (M.Ed.) is $16,596 for the 2015-2016 entering class, while the total program cost for the MBA in management program is estimated at $22,120.

Online tuition is $395 per credit hour, with books and other materials running approximately $250 per course. Students in online degree programs have the advantage of not having to relocate for their degree program and being able to go to school and work at the same time, often even full-time. These factors can help students offset the cost of going to school in ways full-time traditional campus-based students cannot.

Financial aid

Students attending New England College have a variety of financial aid options at their disposal. For example, NEC offers a variety of undergraduate merit-based scholarships. There are also the following grant opportunities depending on eligibility:

  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
  • The New England College Grant
  • State grants (from the student's home state -- student are responsible for verifying criteria and eligibility)

Loans such as the Federal Direct Stafford Loans and Federal Direct Plus loans may also be available. Eligible students must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Graduate students enrolled at the physical campus may also be eligible for assistant roles.

Online offerings

New England College offers the following online degree programs at the undergraduate level:

  • Accounting (AS, BS)
  • Business Administration (AA, BA) Concentrations:
    • Accounting
    • Computer Science
    • Management
    • Marketing
  • Criminal Justice (AA, BA)
  • Healthcare Administration (AS, BS)
  • Human Services (AS, BS)
  • Liberal Studies (AA, BA, BS)
  • Psychology (AA, BA) Concentrations:
    • Clinical Psychology
    • Criminal Justice
    • Developmental Psychology
  • Sociology (AA, BA)

In addition, the following online degree programs are offered at the graduate level:

  • Management (MBA):
    • Digital & Social Media
    • Health Informatics
    • Healthcare Management
    • Nonprofit Leadership
    • Project Management
    • Sports & Rec. Management
    • Strategic Leadership
  • Professional Writing (MA)
  • Management (MS)
    • Accounting
    • Forensic Accounting
    • Banking & Finance
    • Healthcare Administration
    • Marketing Management
    • Nonprofit Leadership
    • Operations Management
    • Project Management
    • Real Estate Management
    • Strategic Leadership
    • Sustainability
  • Public Policy (MA)

In NEC's online degree programs, courses are accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This allows working professionals and adults with other commitments to earn their degree from the comfort of home, without having to fulfill an onerous residency requirement.

Highlighted programs

Master of Business Administration (MBA), Healthcare Management

This specialization is designed to help graduates meet 21st century management challenges in the healthcare industry. According to their website it is designed for both full-time and part-time professionals. The program is comprised of seven four-credit core courses and three four-credit courses within the curriculum. This course delivery method is specifically designed for working professionals to make the most efficient use of time and to optimize learning experience." This is a total of 40 credits. Core and specialty coursework includes:

  • Organizational Leadership and Change
  • Managerial Accounting and Finance for Leadership
  • Managerial Economics
  • Marketing Management
  • Professional and Organizational Ethics
  • Strategic Planning and Policy
  • Quality and Lean for Healthcare
  • Principles of Health Informatics
  • Comparative Healthcare Systems

Students also complete a capstone project.

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Human Services

Human service professionals may work for nonprofit and for-profit social service agencies and state and local governments in a variety of capacities that enable them to make a positive impact on individuals and communities. Careers in human services require compassion and sensitivity. New England College's BS in Human Services does teach skills including time management and effective communication as well as statistics and research strategies that are in demand.

The Bachelor of Science in Human Services requires 40 general education credits, 40 human services core credits, and 40 elective credits, for a total of 120 credits in the degree. Examples of core courses include social welfare policy, interpersonal relationships and interview skills and delivery of human services.

Student life data

According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), in 2013-2014 New England College's undergraduate student population breaks down as follows:





Over age 25


American Indian or Alaska Native




Black or African American




Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander




Two or more races




Nonresident alien


Source: National Center for Education Statistics, College Navigator, accessed April 12, 2015

Broken down by type of degree:

Type of degree/certification






Undergraduate part-time


Undergraduate full-time


Graduate part-time


Graduate full-time


Source: National Center for Education Statistics, College Navigator, accessed April 12, 2015


New England College, April 12, 2015, http://www.nec.edu/

New England College Online, April 12, 2015, http://www.newenglandcollegeonline.com/

National Center for Education Statistics, New England College, Enrollment, April 12, 2015, https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?q=new+england+college&s=all&id=182980#enrolmt

US News & World Report, New England College, April 12, 2015, http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/new-england-college-182980/overall-rankings

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