Online Application Instructions
1. Complete the application:
- Apply online via the Western New England University website.
- Apply via the Common Application.
- Download a copy of the application.
2. Submit your essay(s)
- Submit a personal statement, essay, or untimed writing sample of your choice (at least 250 words). Essays, personal statements, and résumés can be submitted by sending an electronic version (Word or PDF) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please list "Application information" in the subject line of your email. Paper copies can be mailed to the Admissions Office.
- Students who apply on a test optional basis must also submit an additional essay specifically describing the traits and abilities that you possess and how they will help you succeed academically at the university level. Include specifically why you would like to attend Western New England University.
3. Pay the application fee
- The preferred method for paying the application fee is to pay online. Once Western New England University receives confirmation that the payment has been accepted and processed, we will consider your fee as paid.
- You can pay the application fee by sending a check or money order to the Admissions Office at the address at the bottom of this page. Please ensure that the student's name clearly appears on the check.
- If your family's income qualifies you for the University Board's fee waiver, we will waive your application fee. Consult your Guidance Counselor for additional information and to obtain the "Request for Waiver of the University Application Fee" form.
- If you have a parent or grandparent who is a Western New England University alumnus/a, he/she can waive your application fee. The alumnus/a must complete a form that must then be mailed to the Admissions Office. Click here to print a copy of the form.
- Other alumni can waive the fee if they submit a brief statement in support of your candidacy. The letter must include their name, address, class year, and email address (if applicable). It should be mailed to the Admissions Office within two weeks of your application.
- The Admissions Office waives the application fee for any Veteran of the United States Armed Services.
4. Submit your required documents
- Applicants who are still in high school must have an official copy of their high school transcript through junior year sent to the address below. Some students may be required to submit senior year grades.
- Applicants must submit an academic letter of recommendation from a guidance counselor (preferable) or teacher.
- SAT I or ACT scores must be submitted. These can be taken from the high school transcript, or an official copy can be requested from the testing agency. Western New England University's SAT code is 3962 and the ACT code is 1930. Test scores are not required for students who have elected to apply on a test optional basis, who will have successfully completed at least 24 college credits before entering Western New England University, or who have been out of high school for more than 5 years.
- Transfer applicants must have an official copy of their final high school transcript or GED sent to the Admissions Office.
- An official transcript(s) for all college work attempted must be submitted.
- Applicants must submit an academic letter of recommendation from a professor or teacher.
- SAT I and ACT scores are not required for students who will have successfully completed at least 24 college credits before entering Western New England University or who have been out of high school for more than 5 years.
- Transfer students applying to Western New England University who are members of Phi Theta Kappa must submit a photo copy of their certificiate or have it indicated on their official transcript in order to be considered for a PTK scholarship.
- Forward official secondary school transcript(s) accompanied by an English translation of the document(s) as well as an official transcript of the in-progress grades when available. Transfer students should submit official copies of their final secondary school transcript and their college/university study. These should be accompanied by an English translation. Any available information regarding the comparability of the secondary school or college courses to the U.S. system should also be provided.
- Demonstrate proficiency in the English language. This can be accomplished by submitting results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), STEPEIKEN, or Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic). Students can also submit proof of completion of Level 112 at an ELS Language Center, completion of the level 7 at the International Language Institute in Northampton, MA, or completion of level 6 at Embassy CES. SAT I or ACT scores can be substituted for any of these scores as well.
- Submit an Affidavit of Support form. Click here to download.
- Submit an official letter from your bank (on the bank's stationery) declaring that the financial sponsor has sufficient funding to support the student's education at Western New England University. Click here to see an example.
- Provide a recommendation from a guidance counselor or teacher. Engineering applicants should submit a letter from a math or science teacher.
Applications are normally reviewed and decisions sent to students within two or three weeks of the application becoming complete. We begin reviewing applications for the fall semester in November. Due to the volume of applications received during the November to mid-January period, responses to applications submitted before the end of January often take longer.
If you have questions regarding the receipt of your application items, do not hesitate to call the Admissions Office.
Western New England University
Office of Admissions
1215 Wilbraham Rd.
Springfield, MA 01119