A private university located in Springfield, Massachusetts, Western New England University, was founded in 1919 and was originally known as The Springfield Division of Northeastern College. At the time of its founding, classes were offered to part time students in the areas of law, business and accounting. Western New England University was founded with the goal of providing an education to people of all ages and educational backgrounds, with a focus of preparing its graduates to be leaders in their fields of study, as well as in their communities. This goal continues to benefit students at the university today. In 1951, The Springfield Division of Northeastern College became known as Western New England College. In 1959, the college began granting bachelor’s degrees in the areas of business administration, science, engineering, education and law, as well as master’s degrees in certain areas. In 2011, university status was obtained, and the college became Western New England University.
Situated on a 215 acre campus, Western New England University offers undergraduate, graduate and Doctoral degrees in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, Pharmacy and Law. There are more than 40 majors for students earning a Bachelor of Arts, (BA.), Bachelor of Science, (B.S.) or Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.). Master’s and Doctoral degrees are offered in the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business and College of Engineering. The College of Pharmacy offers both a four year professional program which leads to a doctor of pharmacy degree as well as a combined Doctor of Pharmacy/MBA program. The Western New England University College of Law offers both full and part time Juris Doctor Degree (J.D.) programs. The university also offers certificates and other non-degree programs.
There are approximately 3,770 full time and 550 part time undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at Western New England University. 550 students are enrolled in full and part time programs in the School of Law. The faculty includes 205 full time instructors, and 130 adjunct instructors, and the average class size consists of 20 students. Western New England University has more than 42,000 alumni living across the world.
Student activities have been an important part of campus life at Western New England University since the mid 1970’s. There are over 60 clubs and organizations that reflect the interests of the universities students. First year students typically get involved with activities within their first two weeks on campus.
Western New England University has received accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and is a member of associations including the Association of American Colleges, the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Massachusetts and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.
71% of full time undergraduate students live on campus. Students in their freshman and sophomore years typically reside in residence halls. Junior and senior students generally reside in university owned apartments and townhomes. Financial aid is available, and students are encouraged to complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) after January 1st. Students requesting financial aid need to be enrolled in minimum of six credit hours per semester.
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
Sector Of Institution:4-year, Private not-for-profit
Highest Level Of Offering:Doctor's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:1,327
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