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Western New England University

Springfield, Massachusetts

Do More. Be More. Amaze Yourself.

“Where do I see myself in four years?” is the question most students face as they enter college. With four Colleges—Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, and Pharmacy, as well as an additional School of Law—Western New England University offers the academic opportunities of a university in a community that knows its students as individuals. With an emphasis on collaboration, leadership, and experiential learning, Western New England University’s programs challenge students to dream big, take risks, and surprise themselves with all they can accomplish.

Student Profile

Fall 2014 Enrollment
2,732 undergraduate students
94% of undergrad students are full time
60% male — 40% female
53% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2014-2015 Academic Year
231 full-time faculty
124 part-time faculty
13 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Highly residential: 86% of freshmen live on campus.

School Location

Springfield, Massachusetts-90 miles from Boston.

Retention Fall 2014

76% of students began in Fall 2013 and returned in Fall 2014 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2014

59% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 3%
Hispanic/Latino 8%
Black or African American 6%
White 74%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 3%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 1%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 5%


NCAA Division III, The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC). 19 varsity sports (10 men’s: baseball, basketball, cross country; football; golf; ice hockey; lacrosse; soccer; tennis; wrestling; 9 women’s: basketball, cross country, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, volleyball). The University also offers three non-NCAA sports teams for men and women (bowling, martial arts, and rugby).

Other Information

Western New England University is a four-year private, independent, coeducational institution founded in 1919.

Academic Programs

Accounting, American Studies, Arts and Entertainment Management, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Business Analytics and Information Management, Civil Engineering (Concentrations in Civil and Environmental), Chemistry, Communication (Concentrations in Journalism, Media Theory and Production, Professional Communication, and Public Relations), Computer Science, Creative Writing, Criminal Justice (Concentrations in Crime and Society, Criminal Investigation, and Terrorism and Homeland Security), Economics, Education (Elementary, Secondary), Electrical Engineering (Concentrations in Computer, Electrical, and Green), English, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Five-year Bachelor/MBA, Five-year Bachelor/MSA, Five-year BSEE/MSEE, Five-year BSME/MSME, Forensic Biology, Forensic Chemistry, General Business (Concentrations in Business Law and Human Relations), Health Sciences, History, Information Technology, Industrial Engineering, International Business, International Studies Law and Society, 3+3 Law Program, Mathematical Sciences, Neuroscience, Management and Leadership, Marketing, Marketing Communication/Advertising, Mechanical Engineering (Concentrations in Green, Manufacturing, and Mechanical), Pharmaceutical Business, Philosophy, Political Science, Pre-pharmacy, Pre-physician Assistant, Psychology, Six-Year Engineering/Law, Social Work, Sociology (Concentration in Crime and Society), and Sport Management

More Distinctions

  • Western New England University is AACSB (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) International accredited. Fewer than 5% of business programs worldwide are accredited by AACSB International.

Western New England University students benefit not only from a wide variety of activities on campus, but also from a broad spectrum of activities offered in the greater Springfield area and through global learning.

Study Abroad

For many students at Western New England University, study abroad is a passport to a world of remarkable opportunity. Students gain new insights studying their discipline in the context of a foreign perspective. They also learn about other cultures’ political and economic systems. Students have spent the semester or year in such destinations as Australia, China, England, Finland, Ireland, Italy, and Spain.

Seminar Courses Abroad

The University also offers select seminar courses abroad to such locations as China, Iceland, Spain, Guatemala, Italy, and the UK. Through the Arts and Sciences Freshman Semester in London and Business Sophomore Experience Abroad program, students can spend the fall semester at London’s Richmond University for the same cost (including airfare) as living on campus. Most classes are taught by WNEU business faculty. Business students may also study in France.

Learning Beyond the Classroom

The University’s Learning Beyond the Classroom program helps students discover learning opportunities all around them. Combining in-class study with out-of-the-classroom activities, the program gives students hundreds of ways to gain new and valuable life experiences that can prepare them for future careers and community leadership roles. Subsequent opportunities to reflect on the service activity help students draw important lessons from their involvement as it relates to their academic work.

Experiential Learning

The University has relationships with more than 1,000 sponsoring organizations that provide nearly 3,000 experiential learning opportunities. Students may perform fieldwork, research engineering design projects, student-teach, or serve as interns.

Professors at Western New England University are deeply involved in their students’ education, ensuring that each graduate comes away with the best educational experience possible.

Work smarter, dream bigger

The University offers nearly 50 undergraduate programs through its Colleges of Arts and sciences, Business, and Engineering. Among the most popular majors are communication, criminal justice, management and leadership, psychology, mechanical engineering, and sport management. Western New England professors inspire students to challenge ideas, think critically, and find creative solutions—to become active participants in their education.

Upgraded Facilities

WNEU’s extensive science offerings are housed in the University’s $40 million Center for the Sciences and Pharmacy.  Sleith Hall, home to the College of Engineering, completed a $12.8 million renovation and expansion to enhance classrooms and labs in 2014. Herman Hall, where many of the humanities programs are housed, underwent an $8.3 million modernization in 2012.

Joint Degree Programs

Western New England University offers several joint degree programs. The school’s 3+3 law and Six-year Engineering/Law programs offer a six-year course of study that leads to both an undergraduate and a law degree. Similarly, students can complete a five-year program leading to both an undergraduate degree and an MBA, MSA, MSEE, or MSEEM. The University offers two-year Pre-Pharmacy and Pre-Physician Assistant programs. It also offers a four-year PharmD degree.

Honors and Global Scholars

The Honors and Global Scholars programs at Western New England University gives students the opportunity to explore subjects in greater depth, interact with honors students across majors, and study topics that cross disciplines.

With so many opportunities to get involved, it’s no wonder Western New England students are so well prepared for careers or graduate school.

Inspiring Involvement

With more than 60 student clubs/organizations and a variety of athletic and creative options to choose from, many students find outlets for their interests and talents in cocurricular activities. Opportunities range from student government to the Improv on the Rocks comedy troupe. In their first year, students can join the Emerging Leaders program, where they explore personal strengths and test their capacities for leadership.


Opportunities for volunteering abound. Students can participate in the America Reads program and read to young children in local schools; Make a Difference Day, where students volunteer in homeless shelters and soup kitchens; and alternative fall and spring breaks, when students work with Habitat for Humanity or at sites across the country.


The University’s setting in Springfield, Massachusetts, offers access to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Six Flags New England, and The MassMutual Center, home to concerts and a minor-league hockey team, several museums, and a number of libraries. The campus is just south of the Amherst/Northampton area, ninety minutes by car from Boston, and two and a half hours from New York City. Students enjoy day trips to the great New England beaches and ski slopes of Vermont. Western New England University is also part of a coalition of eight colleges in the Springfield area where students can take courses.

About three-quarters of Western New England University students live on campus, and many opt to live in themed housing, where they share housing with students with similar interests in academics, fine arts, sports, and wellness and health, as well as interests in other areas.

Western New England University’s more than 43,700 alumni have a high rate of success thanks to an education that integrates liberal and professional learning. Graduates go on to prestigious graduate schools or immediate entry into their chosen fields.

Final Projects

Many Western New England University students are required to complete projects that serve as stepping-stones to their first professional job. One student, for example, made a video for a local school for the deaf; she submitted the video to a local affiliate of ABC-TV and was offered and accepted an on-air reporter’s job, while studying as a full-time student. Similarly, a mechanical engineering student who worked with United Technology on jet engines received an offer from NASA to work and earn her Ph.D. Western New England University also boasts a former biomedical engineering student who developed an apparatus during her Senior Design Project that surgeons were using a year later in open-heart surgeries.


Every student is strongly encouraged to gain practical experience in internships. LEGO Systems, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and United Technologies are just a few of the more than 1,000 organizations that sponsor WNEU interns. The University has a partnership with a public radio station in nearby Albany, New York—students serve as reporters of the station, producing news segments aired throughout the Northeast. The station houses its Pioneer Valley News Bureau on campus.

Career Development Center

Through its Career Development Center, the University has cultivated a network of alumni who serve as mentors for current students. Many alumni come back to campus to talk with students in classes or in formal mentoring programs. The Colleges of Business and Engineering have alumni mentoring programs that match students with graduates in their disciplines.


Graduates go on to prestigious graduate schools or to jobs in their chosen fields. Western New England alumni are the CEOs, CFOs, and presidents of many of the region’s banking and financial institutions; senior-level engineers at major corporations; judges, attorneys, and leaders in the law enforcement community; managers of business strategies; and experts who make a difference every day in the sciences, healthcare, education, and social services sectors.




6,216 Total Applicants
4,982 Total Admissions
757 Total Freshmen Enrollment

80.15% of applicants admitted


  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 470 570
SAT Math 500 600
SAT Writing    
ACT Composite 22 26
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How To Apply

Three choices:

  1. Apply online at http://www1.wne.edu/admissions
  2. Download a copy of the application. (Requires Free Adobe Acrobat Reader)
  3. Apply with the Common Application.


Western New England University has a “rolling admissions” policy, not a set admissions deadline, which gives students greater flexibility in applying. The university urges prospective students to apply as early as possible. The university begins accepting students for the fall semester after first term senior high school grades are available. Applications continue to be reviewed until the class is filled. Fall semester applications will be processed on a space-available basis after February 15 for freshmen and after July 1 for transfer students.


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Tuition $31,200
Fees $2,266
Total $33,466
Room and Board (on campus) $12,688
Estimated Total On Campus $46,154


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

98% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving any financial aid
80% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving student loan aid

$18,672 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid received
$10,932 Average amount of student loan aid received by full-time first-time undergraduates