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Western New England University was founded in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1919. Begun as the Springfield Division of Northeastern College, known as Springfield-Northeastern, the University was originally established to offer part-time educational opportunities for adult students in law, business, and accounting.

Western New England University was founded in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1919. Begun as the Springfield Division of Northeastern College, known as Springfield-Northeastern, the University was originally established to offer part-time educational opportunities for adult students in law, business, and accounting.

In 1951, an autonomous charter was obtained to grant and confer the degrees of Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Laws. The Springfield Division of Northeastern University was renamed Western New England College. The present campus on Wilbraham Road was purchased in 1956 with the first building, today's Emerson Hall, opening in 1959.

Sixty years later on July 1, 2011, Western New England College officially became Western New England University. The change to university status better reflects our growth, our diversity, our expanded graduate offerings, and our comprehensive nature. Along with the change in name of the University, four of our Schools: Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, and Pharmacy became “Colleges.” Our School of Law retained its name.

Today's students benefit from a heritage born of a commitment to providing educational opportunities to men and women of all ages and economic backgrounds. The goal of the University's founders was and remains to provide outstanding academic programs with a professional focus that prepares our graduates to become leaders in their fields and in their communities.The University's beautifully maintained grounds and 26 major buildings provide a dynamic learning environment for undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and law students from throughout the United States and abroad.

More than 40 undergraduate programs are offered in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, and Engineering. Graduate and doctoral programs are offered in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, and Engineering. The School of Law offers full- and part-time JD programs as well as two part-time, online LLM programs.

The Doctor of Pharmacy program of the Western New England University College of Pharmacy was awarded Candidate accreditation status during the June 20-24, 2012, meeting of the ACPE Board of Directors based upon an on-site evaluation conducted April 24-26, 2012. The College to enroledl its founding class of 75 learners in the PharmD program beginning in August of 2011.

Western New England University has more than 42,000 alumni living and working around the world.