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Western New England University

United States
Overview

Overview

Western New England (WNE) is an internationally renowned private institution which has been teaching for over 100 years.

Based in Springfield, Massachusetts, the university is spread across a 215-acre campus which contains 28 major buildings and recreational fields. It recently placed in Best National Universities by U.S News & World Report 2021 and ranked 11th as the most beautiful campus to visit in the fall (onlineschoolscenter.com).

WNE offers a range of multi-disciplinary colleges and programs across full-time and part-time options. Students are mentored by expert faculty through a combination of hands-on projects, experiential learning, research, and internships.

Many of its courses have received accreditation from prestigious organizations including the New England Commission of Higher Education, and the American Bar Association. It also placed within the top 100 undergraduate engineering programs (U.S News & World Report 2021).

A diverse campus, its 3,800 student community come from nearly 30 countries worldwide, with international students making up 5 per cent of WNE enrollments. Students are taught in small classes of around 18 students, enabling personal support. The student to faculty ratio is 12:1, so support is easily accessible.

The university has modern facilities across departments, so students learn in practical environments. This includes a simulated pharmacy and scientific labs and high-tech multimedia labs.

The university recently placed within the top 3 percent of 1,275 colleges and universities for providing value for education (The Economist). WNE offers over 223 scholarship programs, and 98 per cent of students receive university scholarships, grants, loans, or campus jobs.

The university has been ranked 5th in the nation, and 1st in Massachusetts for preparing graduates for the job market. Its strong industry partnerships create over 1,000 internship opportunities, and the large alumni network provide mentoring and employment opportunities.

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What's new

What's new

Covid-19 update

The university has established a series of measures to ensure a safe campus in the wake of Covid-19.

The university regularly updates its health and safety advice in-line with any developments, including safety procedures on campus. It is putting together comprehensive opening plans for the fall semester, including adjusting the academic calendar and providing travel information for international students.

The university intends to run as many in-person classes as possible, alongside adapting learning environments and campus facilities.

Free graduate courses

Students who graduate from Western New England between 2021 – 2024 will now be offered two free graduate courses if they pursue a master's degree at the institution. The savings made through these free courses equate to around 20 per cent off tuition fees.

New programs

The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences will offer a new graduate degree in 2021. The Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences will be a thesis-based program which can be completed across five semesters.

Undergraduate and graduate programs in construction management will also be taught from 2021. Focusing on cross-disciplinary areas including mechanical and industrial engineering, the programs have been created in response to growing industry demand.

Rankings

The university was recently ranked in U.S. News & World Report's Best National Universities 2021 amongst 1,400 other institutions. Its undergraduate engineering programs was also listed amongst the top 100 by the same organization.

Scholarships

The National Science Foundation has awarded WNE with five-year grants worth USD 649,111 to create new scholarships and increase the number of STEM students.

The new grant will be awarded annually to students who demonstrate high academic achievement and have financial need. It will also fund resources, including mentorships, entrepreneurial support, community projects, customized career consultations and guest speakers.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

The university has recently been listed amongst 1,400 institutions in the Best National Universities 2021 (U.S. News & World Report).

Many of Western New England's courses are accredited by prestigious organizations, including:

  • American Bar Association
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International
  • Engineering Accreditation Commission
  • New England Commission of Higher Education

The university's engineering programs are also ranked amongst the top 100 (U.S News & World Report 2021).

Class sizes have an average of 18 students, with faculty to student ratio of 12:1. This provides high-quality teaching in a close-knit learning environment, where personalized support is easily accessible.

The university's teaching team are made up of full-time and part-time faculty and staff across multiple disciplines. Committed to helping students successfully achieve their goals through a range of learning opportunities, WNE's faculty are specialists in their field.

Many of the staff are recognized for their expertise, including the Dean of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, who was recently listed within the top 2 per cent of scientists in the world (Stanford University).

The university encourages its lecturers to perform at the highest possible standards by recognizing individuals with the Teaching Excellence Award. Those who demonstrate quality and innovation in their teaching and leadership are nominated and assessed by the Teaching Excellence Committee.

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Department structure

Department structure

The university offers 50 undergraduate and 20 graduate programs across four colleges and one school. The colleges are:

College of Arts and Sciences

At this college, students explore topics around human biology and cultures, history and performing arts. Academic areas of study include communication, economics, history, and political science, as well as physical and biological sciences.

College of Business

Departments of study within this college include accounting and finance, business information systems, marketing, and sport management. The college courses are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International, the highest recognition a business school can receive. Only 5 per cent of business schools have this accreditation.

College of Engineering

Departments in this college cover areas including biomedical, civil, and environmental, electrical as well as computer, industrial and mechanical engineering. Students learn in practical classes and real-world environments to prepare them for a career in engineering.

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Combining theoretical and practical learning, students are taught by faculty who are experts in their field. This includes learned specialists, practitioners, and mentors, who prepare students for health science workplaces.

School of Law

This school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is also a member of the Association of American Law Schools. International students can also pursue WNE's Juris Doctorate in this school.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Each program at Western New England has individual entry requirements.

All applicants to undergraduate programs need to submit official high school transcripts and have a GPA of at least a 2.5.

Postgraduate applicants need to submit all official university transcripts and have a GPA of at least a 3.0. If applicants have a lower GPA than 3.0, they will be considered on an individual basis.

As well as submitting an admission application and fee, international applicants need to meet English proficiency requirements of their chosen course. English language proficiency can be shown through standardized test results like TOEFL or IELTS, with these minimum scores:

  • TOEFL - 79 IBT
  • IELTS - At least a 6.0 for undergraduate programs, or 6.5 for postgraduate

The university also accepts scores through one of its English language partner schools, including ELS, BridgePathways, Kaplan International and Embassy English.

If the applicant doesn't meet these English proficiency requirements, the university may still make a conditional offer.

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Facilities

Facilities

Since 2011, the university has invested USD 90 million into modern facilities across its campus. This includes laboratories and classrooms, sports facilities, housing, and dining areas.

Academic

Students use state-of-the-art, subject-specific facilities, including:

  • 30 Engineering labs
  • Model pharmacy and simulation lab
  • Moot courtroom
  • Occupational therapy labs
  • Simulated hospital suite
  • 19 STEM labs
  • Television and media studio
  • Trading room and financial center

Accommodation

The university offers a variety of on-campus accommodation. Housing ranges from spacious rooms in traditional halls, to apartments and townhouses.

Clubs and societies

The university runs over 70 clubs and societies. Because many of the clubs are partnered with university departments, students and staff can collaboratively work together outside of lectures.

Dining

Since opening in 2018, the University Commons has become the go-to dining and social destination. It has a two-story dining hall, Starbucks, pop-up food stalls, sushi bar and convenience store. Students can also relax on its outdoor terrace or study in its meeting rooms.

Libraries

The university has recently renovated the D'Amour library and its law library.

Providing over 110 databases of print and online collections, the D'Amour library is a study and social hub. As well as an extensive collection of texts, it has individual and group study areas, computer labs and a media center.

The law library has three-stories of print and digital resources for students, faculty, and alumni from the School of Law. It is the only law library in the Western Massachusetts area.

Sports

WNE's high-quality sports facilities include a 4,500 multipurpose outdoor stadium, baseball park, tennis courts, sporting pavilion and softball court. The university also provides a 123,000 square-foot health centre which boasts a swimming pool, wellness center, running track, wrestling room, strength training room, squash courts and classrooms.

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

The university offers over 200 scholarships and grants to full-time students, ranging from USD 11,000 to USD 22,000 annually. 98 per cent of students currently receive university funding through its scholarships, loans, and grants.

Applicants to the university will automatically be considered for available scholarships. Scholarships are usually automatically renewed on an annual basis, if recipients remain in full-time study and achieve a set number of credits.

For international students, funding options include:

Merit scholarships

WNE offers a range of merit-based scholarships ranging between USD 11,000 – 22,000, covering at least 50 per cent of student's annual tuition. Domestic and international students from all disciplines can apply for merit scholarships.

FIRST Robotics Scholarship

This scholarship automatically awards USD 1,000 to any students who participated in FIRST Robotics events at their high school. To be eligible, students need to submit their specific program and team number.

Women in Business / Women in Engineering Scholarships

Offered to first-year, full-time female students of WNE who are studying full-time at its College of Business. Awarding USD 5,000, this can be received alongside merit scholarships.

The university also awards USD 5,000 scholarships to female, first-year students enrolling full-time at its College of Engineering.

#YouAreWelcomeHere

Awards between USD 3,000 – 10,000 annually to eligible first-year international students across all disciplines of study. Covering 50 per cent of university tuition, applicants need to demonstrate leadership and a vision for enhancing intercultural understanding.

The university also provides a Leadership Grant which awards up to USD 3,000, as well as needs-based scholarships and grants which don't need to be repaid.

Students can also apply for external funding, including payment plans, external scholarships, or private loans.

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